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UNCHS (Habitat), together with its partners , is launching a Global Campaign for Good Urban Governance . This is in response to an emerging international consensus that good governance is a crucial pre-requisite for poverty reduction and sustainable development. The development goal of the campaign is to reduce poverty through improved urban governance. The objectives are to strengthen the capacity of local authorities and their partners to practice good urban governance and to raise awareness of and advocate for good urban governance.
The 8th Steering Group Meeting was held in conjunction with the second World Urban Forum in Barcelona. As the Steering Group had previously met just three months ago, no “formal” progress report was circulated. The meeting focused on specific areas where partnerships could be built amongst various Steering Group members and the Campaign secretariat at UN-HABITAT, including national campaigns, promotion of various tools produced by the Campaign, and the dissemination and application of the Urban Governance Index.
This evaluation reviews UN-HABITAT’s Campaigns for Urban Governance and Secure Tenure including their efficiency and effectiveness at global, national and local levels, and their impact within UN-HABITAT itself.
The Urban Governance Index (UGI) is being developed in line with the campaign’s advocacy and capacity building strategies with a two-fold purpose. At the global level, the index will be used to demonstrate the importance of good urban governance in achieving broad development objectives, such as the Millennium Development Goals and those in the Habitat Agenda.