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World Urban Forum: Campaign Highlights
The Urban Governance Campaign organised a number of important events during the World Urban Forum. On 28 April, the Urban Governance Campaign's Global Steering Group met to review progerss and discuss future plans (see Steering Group Report). The Campaign also organised the "Dialogue on the Right to the City" on the first day of the Forum, which generated a lively debate on the issues of globalization, markets and rights, social exclusion and corruption (see Right to the City Report). An informal expert group meeting was held to review the Campaign's proposal for developing an Index of Good Urban Governance, from which many useful comments were generated (see Index Report). A working meeting on participatory budgeting was also held to clarify the Campaign's strategy for the coming year (see Participatory Budgeting Report). In addition, numerous side meetings were also held on such subjects as national and regional campaigns, the Transparency Toolkit, new training initiatives, and collaboration with other partners.

Dialogue on The Right to the City at the World Urban Forum, 29 April 2002.The The first session of the World Urban Forum, will be held at the UN-HABITAT Headquarters in Nairobi between 29 April and 3 May 2002. The Global Campaign on Urban Governance is organizing one of the Forums "Dialogues". "The Right to the City" has been chosen as theme for this Dialogue, building on the debate started at the 2001 World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The topic of the right to the city serves as an entry point for several important urban governance issues: social exclusion and urban poverty; relationship between growth and equity; transparency in urban governance; access to urban decision-making and services; and the tension between individual rights and collective rights and responsibilities. The City Statute a piece of new and progressive Brazilian legislation, is a practical example of promoting the right to the city, explicitly recognising this right and proposing a combination of tenure regularisation policies, participatory management strategies and inclusive planning mechanisms. It is suggested that "the right to the city" should be understood not only as a political notion, but also as a legal notion, because strategies of urban management that are not based on a solid legal framework are unlikely to be fully sustainable.
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Campaign Launch Preparations Reviewed in Burkina Faso, 12-15 March 2002
A UN-HABITAT mission was undertaken to Burkina Faso (12-15 March 2002) to assess the status of preparations for the launch of the Secure Tenure and Urban Governance Campaigns. This reflects a growing trend to launch both campaigns simultaneously in countries where shelter and urban governance issues emerge as clear priorities. The team found that while the entry point for the two campaigns is clearly related to land and housing issues, however, there is a strong governance component to these issues, particularly regarding transparency and public participation in decision-making/development. The team was impressed by the level of understanding of urban issues in the country, the manageable nature of most of Ouagadougous informal settlements, and the quality of the civil society organisations met. Many donors highlighted the need for a national coordinating mechanisms for the urban sector and expressed their willingness to participate in such an urban forum. A group of local consultants has now completed their draft situation analysis of urban governance and secure tenure issues and initiatives in the country.UN-HABITAT will comment on this report and monitor the outcome of the upcoming Parliamentary elections.For more information, please contact:

Making Cities Inclusive Workshop in Belgrade, 25-26 February 2002.
"Making Cities Inclusive" was a two-day consultation which took place on the 25th and 26th of February 2002 in Belgrade.The consultation involved over 70 housing and local governance experts, representatives from local governments and civil society from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The meeting was organized by UN-HABITAT, the Council of Europe and Council of Europe Development Bank, the Ministry of Urban Planning and Construction, Ministry of International Economic Relations, the City of Belgrade and the Standing Conference of Cities and Towns of Yugoslavia. It sought to address key issues in the field of local governance, housing and security of tenure across South East Europe. The consultation discussed approaches to building responsive institutions, management systems and services compatible with internationally recognised best practices, legal instruments and European Union standards in both housing and local governance. Regional representatives agreed to strengthen cooperation across the region through the formation of expert networks which promote regional solutions to local challenges. Efforts are now under way by a variety of multilateral institutions, including: the Council of Europe, Council of Europe Development Bank, the Stability Pact for South East Europe and UN-HABITAT to support initiatives by housing and local governance experts, local and national government officials and civil society to make cities inclusive.For a summary of the main findings and recommendations made by the participants please see the Summary of Consultation Findings. A document summarising the conference proceedings will be published and disseminated by the end of April 2002.

Philippine Urban Forum Prepares National Launch for June 2002
A campaign strategy was established for the Philippines, following intensive consultations with key actors, including the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), the Local Government Ministry (DILG), the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), and various external support agencies. The Philippines Campaign will also tie into a second series of City Development Strategies being prepared with the support of the Cities Alliance. Under the theme 10-10-10 a campaign for local autonomy has been launched on 10 October 2001, marking the ten-year anniversary of the enactment of the Philippines Local Government Code. This was followed by a series of roundtable discussions on aspects of good urban governance in various parts of the country, within the broad thematic framework of Poverty Reduction through Improved Governance. In parallel, a Housing and Urban Development Summit on 24 October 2001 has paved the way to Secure Tenure Campaign preparations.

Both events and their follow up will lead to a joint campaign launch in the Philippines in June 2002. The recently created Philippine Urban Forum (PUF) is acting as a launching pad for both campaigns.As a mechanism for continuing consultation and convergence amongst stakeholders in shelter and urban governance, the PUF encourages debate on the localization of principles of good urban governance and on mechanisms for securing tenure for the urban poor communities. Six proposals for campaign follow-up initiatives have already been developed by the Galing Pook Foundation, the Centre for Community Journalism and Development, the National College of Public Administration and Governance, the Local Government Academy of DILG, the Partnership for Philippine Support Service Agencies and the League of Cities of the Philippines. These proposals cover areas such as awarding good urban governance initiatives, media mobilization, measuring progress in governance in Philippine cities, capacity building for urban managers, and support to city level action plans.For more information, please visit:

India Campaign Follow-up: State Level Launches Under Preparation
The recommendations for action adopted at the launch of the Indian Campaign propose a range of measures to improve selected components of urban governance. The Minister of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation made a commitment to hold State Level Good Urban Governance Summits as part of the national action plan, in line with the specific priorities of individual States. Considerable donor interest was expressed in supporting the implementation of the specific aspects of the action plan for particular States and UN-HABITAT is actively following up. As a result, State level good urban governance summits are now being prepared. In Madhya Pradesh urban governance improvement priorities of the six largest urban areas will be integrated in a State level action plan for good urban governance, incorporating strategic capacity building activities. The Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) has committed to orient their sub-regional strategy towards the implementation of the campaigns action plan, with particular emphasis on institution building of change agents at the State level.For more information, please visit the India Campaign Website.

Indonesian Version of UN-HABITAT Toolkit for Participatory Urban Decision Making
The UNDP/UN-HABITAT programme BUILD has over the past two to three years supported nine cities across Indonesia to make changes in municipal management and administration, focusing on introducing more responsive, participative, transparent and accountable management practices. Another eleven cities have recently joined the program and will introduce similar practices in their administration over the year 2002.

In 2002 the BUILD programme entered into its consolidation and institutionalisation phase. This implies the documentation and dissemination of the examples of good local governance in the BUILD cities as well as of the guidelines, manuals and training material used to introduce that change and of the model regulations, model charters and other instruments that institutionalises these changes.

As one of the steps to support Indonesia urban managers, the UN-HABITAT Toolkit for Participatory Urban Decision Making was translated into Indonesian after which specific experiences and tools used by BUILD cities will be included.
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Launch of the Indian Campaign for Good Urban Governance.
On 3 September 2001, the Government of India and UN-HABITAT jointly launched a national campaign for good urban governance.
In the picture, UN-HABITAT Executive-Director, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka receives a welcoming bouquet during the campaign launch ceremony. Mr. Bandaru Dattatreya, Minister of State for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation, Government of India, looks on. Go to the Press Release. For more information, please visit the India Campaign Website.

Toolkit for Participatory Urban Decision-Making Released.
The Toolkit is the first in a series of tools to help local authorities and their partners improve the quality of urban governance. The Toolkit responds to the demand by practitioners for support in applying participatory approaches to urban planning and management. It synthesizes 15 years of UN-HABITAT experience of working in partnership with cities and confirms that civic engagement is perhaps the key ingredient for good urban governance. Go to the Toolkit.

Global Steering Group Meeting, June 2001, Brooklyn, New York. The Huairou Commission hosted the Global Campaign Steering Group meeting in New York on 9 June 2001.Go to the Global Steering Group meeting minutes.

Habitat and IULA Launch Two Publications on Women and Urban Governance. UN-HABITAT and the International Union of Local Authorities jointly launched two publications promoting the roles and issues of women in local government at the IULA/UTO Unity Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in May 2001. Go to the UN-HABITAT publication. Go to the IULA publication.

President Obasanjo Launches Nigerian Campaign for Good Urban Governance.
His Excellency, President Olusegun Obasanjo, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, launched the Nigerian Campaign for Good Urban Governance on 10 April 2001. Go to the Press Release. Go to the Nigerian Campaign Documents.

Transparency International and Habitat to Collaborate on Tools for Good Urban Governance.
In a Memorandum of Understanding signed in Bremen by Peter Eigen, Chairman of Transparency International, and Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, the organisations agreed to develop a toolkit to build capacity for greater transparency and accountability in local government. For more information, go to the press release.

For more information, please contact:

Global Campaign on Urban Governance
P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: (254-2) 623216, Fax: (254-2) 624264


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