|Description:||The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is deeply|
committed to supporting the efforts of Member States and the international
community in the coordinated implementation of the Habitat Agenda, the
Declaration on Cities and Other Human Settlements and Millennium Development
Goal 7, to ensure environmental sustainability, and its targets 10 and 11, which call for the reduction by half of the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water by 2015 and the achievement of significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum-dwellers by 2020. Since the 2005 World Summit, UN-Habitat has been realigning and readjusting its work in order to provide Member States with a more integrated and cohesive approach to monitoring, policy development, capacity-building and the mobilizing of investment in affordable housing and sustainable urban development, an approach designed to enhance aid effectiveness and going to scale processes by combining the
organization's core competencies in support of institutional and policy reform and urban governance with longer-term investment by domestic and international financial institutions. While the approach is enabling UN-Habitat to improve coordination and develop more cohesive and innovative responses to the explosive formation of slums and the widespread lack of access to water and sanitation by the urban poor, the present report highlights the urgent need for Governments and the international community to mainstream the urban agenda at the global, national and local levels and in their respective development assistance frameworks.