In 2005, the Monitoring Urban Inequities Programme produced the Global Urban Indicators Database (III). In addition to addressing the Habitat Agenda, this database provides information on the Millennium Development Goals, particularly the target on
achieving a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers. The data used in the development of the Database was collected from the following sources: national censuses; Demographic and Health Surveys; Multiple Indicators Cluster Surveys; various national household surveys; and other statistical sources. Since 2006, the Global Urban Indicators Database has been updated annually.
In response to demands from data users, UN-HABITAT initiated a user-friendly UrbanInfo software tool in 2004.UrbanInfo helps to store, present and analyze urban indicators through a variety of presentation tools, such as tables, graphs and maps. The first version of UrbanInfo, published in 2006, contains information on several topics, such as housing, demography, communication, energy, economy, education, health, nutrition and gender. The second version of UrbanInfo provides updated information on these topics and also covers new topics, such as disaster, crime, migration, income inequalities and transport and the third version provides updates on the data. The fourth version, to be released in 2012 will be in four UN languages, French, Arabic, Spanish and English.
The first version of UrbanInfo was designed by UN-HABITAT in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund and the United Nations Development Group, with financial support from the World Bank and other partners.