Sustainable Cities Programme: a joint UN-HABITAT-UNEP facility on the urban environment with participation of the Dutch government

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2004 Jun;1023:62-79. doi: 10.1196/annals.1319.016.


The fundamental objective of the Sustainable Cities Programme is to promote environmentally sustainable local development to more fully realize the vital contributions that urban areas make to over-all social and economic development by: (1) enhancing efficiency in the use of local environmental resources, reducing environmental risks, and strengthening application of environmental conventions and agreements with growing regard to the Climate Change Protocol; (2) reducing poverty by promoting more equitable access to resources and environmental services; (3) mobilizing and strengthening local capacities to plan, co-ordinate, and manage sustainable local development in partnership; and (4) combining the complementary strengths of UN-HABITAT, UNEP, and other partners in support of Agenda 21, and the Habitat Agenda sustainable development commitments including improved local environmental governance.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • City Planning / methods*
  • Climate
  • Ecosystem*
  • Environment Design*
  • International Cooperation
  • Local Government
  • Netherlands
  • Poverty / prevention & control
  • United Nations
  • Urban Renewal