The urban environment – a general directory of resources

Urban environment illustration
UNEP/Permdahl Vesm; Topfoto.co.uk UNEP/Shihua Zhao; UNEP/Carmel Fatima

The directory provides general access to web portals of the World Health Organization, United Nations Environment Programme, and other United Nations agencies, as well as to web portals sponsored by civil society and academic/research institutes. Due to the cross-cutting nature of urban environment and health issues, access is provided to a range of sites that may be of relevance to healthy and sustainable urban development.

United Nations Environment Programme, World Health Organization, and other United Nations agency links

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    Cities and Health. Kobe, Japan, WHO Kobe Centre for Health and Development. http://www.who.or.jp/city/index.html
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    Environment for development. United Nations Environment Programme.
    http://www.unep.org/themes/urban/
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    Environment network. A global portal to authoritative environmental information based on themes and regions, including the urban environment. United Nations Environment Programme.
    http://www.unep.net
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    Global environmental outlook: data portal. Searchable database holding more than 450 different data variables covering themes such as fresh water, population, forests, emissions, climate, disasters, health, and GDP. United Nations Environment Programme.
    http://geodata.grid.unep.ch/
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    Global urban observatory. United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). Helps governments, local authorities and civil-society organizations develop and apply policy-oriented urban indicators, statistics, and other urban information. Includes databases of indicators, statistics, and city profiles.
    http://www.unhabitat.org/programmes/guo/

Healthy cities initiative

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    Healthy settings and environment. Addressing health issues in urban areas and islands. World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Western Pacific.
    http://www.wpro.who.int/sites/hse/
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    Healthy municipalities/cities. Pan American Health Organization.
    http://www.paho.org/Project.asp?SEL=TP&LNG=ENG&ID=149
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    Healthy cities and urban governance. Copenhagen, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, Centre for Urban Health, Healthy Cities and Urban Governance Programme,.
    http://www.euro.who.int/healthy-cities
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    Promotion of healthy cities, villages and communities. World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. Amman, Centre for Environmental Health Activities.
    http://www.emro.who.int/ceha/promotion.asp
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    WHO healthy cities networks web sites: list of links. Copenhagen, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe.
    http://www.euro.who.int/healthy-cities/links/20010907_1
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    International Environmental Technology Centre: urban. Osaka and Shiga, Japan, United Nations Environment Programme, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics.
    http://www.unep.or.jp/ietc/Activities/Urban/Index.asp
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    Partnerships for sustainable development. A database of 300 partnerships for sustainable development. New York, United Nations Division of Economic and Social Affairs.
    http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/partnerships/partnerships.htm
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    Urban development. New York, United Nations Development Programme.
    http://www.undp.org/governance/urban.htm
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    Urban ecosystem management. Tokyo, United Nations University, Institute of Advanced Studies.
    http://www.ias.unu.edu/research/urbaneco.cfm
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    Urban knowledge base. United Nations Environment Programme, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics. International Environmental Technology Centre:
    http://www.unep.or.jp/ietc/knowledge/urban.asp
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    Urban surficial and groundwater pollution in Africa. Network on urban groundwater vulnerability in Africa. United Nations Environment Programme, Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA).
    http://www.unep.org/DEWA/water/groundwater/africa/English/fieldvisit.asp

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

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    UN-Habitat.The United Nations Agency for human settlements, mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. Programmes and resources on sustainable and safer cities, urban transport and management, water for African cities, and sanitation. Nairobi, Kenya.
    http://www.unhabitat.org/
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