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UN-Habitat
  • The State of the World’s Cities 2004/2005
    UN-Habitat, Nairobi, September 2004. ISBN: 92-1-131705-3.
    Earthscan Publications Ltd, London and Sterling.
    The State of the World's Cities 2004/2005 charts the progress and the challenges we face in this rapidly urbanising world. With contributions from some of the world's leading urban scholars, writers and experts, this report carries extensive examples, illustrations and facts that are of use to experts and non-experts alike. First published in 2001, this flagship report of UN-HABITAT now published every two years, represents a further milestone in the efforts of the United Nations to gather, promote, and disseminate information for policy makers and the public at large.

    The report can be ordered on the Earthscan website: www.earthscan.co.uk/asp/bookdetails.asp?key=5001

  • The Challenge of Slums - Global Report on Human Settlements 2003
    UN-Habitat, Nairobi, 2003. ISBN No.: 1-844407-037-9.
    Earthscan Publications Ltd, London and Sterling, VA. 300 pages.
    Using a newly formulated operational definition of slums, this book presents estimates of the numbers of urban slum dwellers and examines the factors at all levels, from local to global, that underlie the formation of slums as well as their social, spatial and economic characteristics and dynamics. It goes on to evaluate the principal policy responses to the slum challenge of the last few decades.

    The report can be ordered on the Earthscan website: http://www.earthscan.co.uk/asp/bookdetails.asp?key=4024

  • WATER AND SANITATION IN THE WORLD'S CITIES: Local Action for Global Goals
    UN-Habitat, Nairobi, 2003. 304 pages.
    Earthscan Publications Ltd, London and Sterling, VA. ISBN 1844070042.
    This influential publication sets out in detail the scale of inadequate provision of water and sanitation. It describes the impacts on health and economic performance, showing the potential gains of remedial action; it analyses the proximate and underlying causes of poor provision and identifies information gaps affecting resource allocation; it outlines the consequences of further deterioration; and it explains how resources and institutional capacities – public, private and community – can be used to deliver proper services through integrated water resource management.
    The report can be ordered on the Earthscan website: http://www.earthscan.co.uk/asp/bookdetails.asp?key=3902

  • THE STATE OF THE WORLD'S CITIES REPORT
    UNCHS (Habitat), Nairobi, 2001.
    ISBN 92-1-131476-3.
    Starting with this 2001 edition, the State of the World's Cities Report takes the reader through Africa, the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, the highly industrialized countries, Latin America and the Caribbean and countries with economies in transition to understand better how shelter, society, environment, economy, and, above all, systems of governance can contribute to urban vibrancy and viability in a globalizing world.

  • state_worldCITIES IN A GLOBALIZING WORLD: GLOBAL REPORT ON HUMAN SETTLEMENTS
    UNCHS (Habitat), Nairobi, 2001.
    Earthscan Publications Ltd, London and Sterling, VA. ISBN 1-85383-806-3.
    Cities in a Globalizing World presents a comprehensive review of the world’s cities and analyses the positive and negative impacts on human settlements of the global trends towards social and economic integration and the rapid changes in information and communication technologies.
    The report can be ordered on the Earthscan website: hhttp://www.earthscan.co.uk/asp/bookdetails.asp?key=3342

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UNISDR
  • LIVING WITH RISK: A global review of disaster reduction initiatives
    Prepared as an inter-agency effort coordinated by the ISDR Secretariat with special support from the Government of Japan, the WMO and the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (Kobe, Japan); 2002. Geneva, Switzerland.
    Living With Risk is a 400 page study of the lessons learned by experts and communities in response to hazards presented by natural forces - volcanoes, fires, hurricanes, tsunamis, landslides and tornadoes - technological accidents and environmental degradation. This document is a preliminary version of a final publication, which will be published early 2003.

UNEP
UNU
IFRC
  • WORLD DISASTERS REPORT - 2002
    Focus on reducing risk- Published annually
    International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Geneva - 240 p.
    ISBN 92-9139-082-8.

  • WORLD DISASTERS REPORT - 2001
    Focus on recovery - Published annually
    International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Geneva - 248 p.

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