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аLegislative Reformа

In many countries, legislation can be a barrier to good urban governance and urban poverty reduction.а Outdated or contradictory legislation can disempower local authorities and the urban poor, preventing them from taking concrete measures to improve the quality of life in cities.

Recognizing these realities, the Global Campaign on Urban Governance proposes to take action on three fronts.а First, by exploring the links between international law and the principles of good governance, the Campaign will provide a substantive and legal basis to promote normative debate on the principles of good urban governance.а This work will also support the ongoing "Dialogue on Decentralisation" the follow-up activity to the World Charter of Local Self-Government.а Second, the work on legislation will support the preparation of national campaigns by examining Government commitments to international and human rights legislation.а Third, the Campaign will provide support to countries seeking to revise national, state/provincial or local legislation to provide for more inclusive urban governance.

UN-HABITAT's support for legislative reform has been initiated in Kenya.а The Campaign has provided inputs to the review of the Kenya Local Government Act through the Consultative Group on Participatory Local Governance.а UN-HABITAT's submission has two purposes.а First, to draw attention to KenyaТs commitments to participatory governance in international law and in commitments it has made at various international conferences sponsored by the United Nations.а The paper also highlights the examples of legislation from The Philippines, Bolivia and South Africa that enshrine participatory governance, as a source of text that could be incorporated in Kenya.а For more information, please see the submission.

In addition to providing ad hoc support to national activities such as described above, the Campaign will produce three specific publications:

  • Guidebook for the Principles of Good Urban Governance: The publication will review international and human rights law to establish a legal foundation for the principles of good urban governance.

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  • Case-studies of Enabling Legislation: In collaboration with the Urban Management Programme, the Campaign is producing a working paper on legislation that institutionalizes participation in urban planning and management.а The results of preliminary research for this publication was compiled as an input to the review of the Kenya Local Government Act.

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  • Sourcebook and Guidelines for Pro-Poor Legislation:а In collaboration with the Urban Management Programme, the publication will present examples of national, state/provincial and local legislation that in whole or in part is designed to improve the quality of life of the urban poor.а The publication will also attempt to provide practical guidelines for human settlement professionals involved in legislative reviews.

For more information, please contact:

Global Campaign on Urban Governance
P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: (254-2) 623216, Fax: (254-2) 624264
E-mail: governance@unhabitat.org
Website: http://www.unhabitat.org/governance


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