By 2050 approximately two thirds of the world’s population will be living in urban areas, placing cities at the core of sustainable development. Urban systems often face challenges of rapid urbanization, such as growing vulnerability to climate change, spatial inequalities, pressures of migration and conflict, and difficulties to promote inclusive prosperity and economic development. Spatial strategies and plans, adequate urban design and sustainable infrastructure have a key role to play in shaping cities that are more inclusive, fair and liveable.
“The Belmopan City Council in partnership with UN-Habitat, has led a participatory planning process used for the creation of the city’s Urban Plan. We are committed to executing the plan which will actively contribute to the sustainable growth of our Garden City. We expect that this plan will directly benefit the city, and its development, and will positively impact the residents of our community.”
Khalid Belisle, Mayor of Belmopan
Leaving no one and no place behind
Related Sustainable Development Goals
Donors and partners
Successful urban planning and design builds on partnerships with and between complex sets of stakeholders. UN-Habitat nurtures ad hoc as well as long-term partnerships with other UN agencies, local and national governments, the private sector, civil society, and funding partners to facilitate collaborative action for urban transformation. Through expert consultation, co-production and participatory processes, we develop global norms and guidelines and trigger innovation. Together with our partners, we build capacity on the job as well as in the form of carefully designed training events and materials and thereby reach both global and local experts and decision-makers.