'Localizing the Habitat Agenda for Urban Poverty Reduction' is a major 3-year research program funded by the UK Government's Department for International Development, under the Urbanization Knowledge and Research theme. It is lead by a team at the Max Lock Centre at the University of Westminster in London, in partnership with the Water, Engineering and Development Centre, University of Loughborough and other partners in London, Nairobi, Delhi and Recife.

The document addresses urban poverty in the context of the Habitat Agenda with a focus on sharing the experience of practice and policies. The research aims to facilitate the implementation of the Habitat Agenda, through a published toolkit of guidelines/ indicators to aid pro-poor development practice at the local level.

This research project builds on the efforts that went into the recent five-year appraisal by asking, ‘can the Habitat Agenda, as the internationally agreed policy framework for human settlements, usefully serve the purpose of urban poverty reduction?’.

In doing so it aims to facilitate the improved implementation of the Habitat Agenda. The outputs of this paper include policy recommendations and a toolkit of guidelines, indicators and good practice case studies and methodologies directed at governments, local governments and other Habitat Agenda partners. The research also aims to inform various UN Human Settlements Program activities. In particular, the work of the new Urban Forum that incorporates the International Forum on Urban Poverty; the Global Campaign for Urban Governance; the Best Practice and Local Leadership Program; and the Global Urban Observatory and Urban Indicators Program. These initiatives have an important role in supporting local efforts to implement the Habitat Agenda.

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The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) constitutes a milestone to assess progress in response toAgenda 21. Over the last decade, this Agenda has inspired innumerable global initiatives and local innovations in the search for more sustainable forms of social, economic and environmental development. Since the adoption of the Habitat Agenda, a systematic effort has also been made to document these initiatives and innovations, providing a wealth of knowledge, experience and lessonsfor further reflection, action and consolidation.

This book examines some of these lessons and their institutional and policy implicationsin the belief that more sustainable forms of development will increasingly depend on creating strong links between local initiatives and national and international responses.

Prefaced by Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, Executive Director UN-Habitat, this book is a companion of Implementing the Habitat Agenda: In Search of Urban Sustainability, also jointly produced by the Development Planning Unit (DPU) University College London and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) with financial support from the Infrastructure and Urban Development Department (IUDD) of the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

Like its companion, this book is intended for decision-makers at all levels, community leaders and women and men concerned with and engaged inenvironmental and development issues, be it in preserving the global commonsor in improving the local living environment. We hope that the ideas and case studies presented stimulate furtheraction and debate for a sustainable and urbanised world.

This book makes the case for sustainable urbanisation by bridging the Green and Brown Agendas. It advocates that in a rapidly urbanising world, the quest for more sustainable development will increasingly depend on how well we manage and govern cities. It shows, through the analysis of more than 70 case studies, that these approaches are already being implemented throughout the world. It argues, however, that the impact of many of these experiences have been confined to the place and society where they took place, yet they all offer lessons that could be transferred to others. Towards the end, the book presents a set of interlinked approaches to scaling up sustainable urbanisation strategies to a global level.

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La integración entre las universidades y los programas estatales de manejo costero es uno de los factores condicionantes de eficacia y eficiencia en la implementación de estrategias de manejo en la zona costera brasileña. Siendo las universidades centros de conocimiento y creatividad, y los programas estatales de manejo costero espacios en los cuales las ideas y propuestas pueden ser insertadas, tal integración institucional debe convertirse en una realidad. El presenteanálisis busca entender los posibles caminos para dinamizar este proceso de integración teniendo como base una serie de entrevistarealizadas con los programas estatales de manejo costero y pescadores de la costa brasileña. (Escrito en Portugués)

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2002 Report of Cities Alliance, a global alliance of cities and their development partners committed to improve the living conditions of the urban poor through action. The report highlights how Cities Alliance aims to foster new tools, practical approaches and knowledge sharing to promote local economic development and a direct attack on urban poverty. These activities support the implementation of the Habitat Agenda.

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