The purpose of this document is to provide a contextual understanding of the challenges and opportunities of climate change in relation to human settlements in Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

A National Urban Policy is a coherent set of decisions derived through a deliberate government-led process of coordinating and rallying various actors for a common vision and goal that will promote more trans-formative, productive, inclusive and resilient urban development for the long term.

The African continent is currently in the midst of simultaneously unfolding and highly significant demographic, economic, technological, environmental, urban and socio-political transitions. Africa’s economic performance is promising, with booming cities supporting growing middle classes and creating sizable consumer markets.

This report by UN-Habitat has been developed for city planners to better understand, assess and take action on climate change at the local level. The guide's strategic, values based planning framework: - promotes a participatory planning process that integrates local participation and good decision-making - provides practical tools for addressing climate change through different urban planning processes - supports the "mainstreaming" of climate change actions into other local government policy instruments.

The 9th edition of Global Report on Human Settlements argues that development of sustainable urban transport systems requires a conceptual leap and provides policy recommendations on how to plan & design sustainable urban mobility systems. Read this abridged edition released on the World Habitat Day.

UN-Habitat has carried out, through affordable geographic information systems, an estimation of the public space allocated to the street in different cities of the world to focus attention to the need for better spatial planning that gives due attention to streets and public spaces.

For cities to confront the challenges of fossil fuel depletion, increasing energy costs and rapid climate change, it is inevitable to develop and implement urban energy management solutions for their sustainable future.

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