UNHabitat lays out plan for Pink City
6th Jun, 2022
UN-Habitat has identified multi-hazard vulnerabilities, urban sprawl, weak urban mobility and “green-blue disconnect” as the pressing issues for Jaipur city.
Key findings made by UN-Habitat:
- Jaipur got an overall sustainability rating of three on the Urban Sustainability Assessment Framework (USAF) based on the information collected for 87 of its 131 parameters.
- The Urban Sustainability Assessment Framework (USAF) developed under the Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot (SCIAP) project, implemented by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN-Habitat.
- The UN-Habitat highlighted the following problems which are faced by the city:
- Weak access to a public transportation system, with less number of buses and poor route delineation.
- Extreme levels of drought during summer and also urban floods.
- Lack green cover which has resulted in the urban heat island effect that has disrupted biodiversity.
Urban Sustainability Assessment Framework (USAF):
- USAF was developed by UN-Habitat under the Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot project
- UN Habitat has followed the people centred process and implemented USAF in Bhopal, Guntur, Jaipur, Mysuru and Vijayawada.
- The project has received funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF-6) to estimate the carbon sequestration potential of Indian cities.
Integrated Approach Pilot (IAP) program on Sustainable Cities:
- Aim:To promote sustainable urban development through integrated models of urban design, planning, and implementation.
- The program adopted two interrelated and complementary components:
- Direct investment in sustainability solutions in cities
- Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC) as a global convening space for developing and sharing knowledge to promote integrated urban planning and investments.
- The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the United Nations programme for human settlements and sustainable urban development.
- It was established in 1978 as an outcome of the first United Nations Conference on Human Settlements and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat I) held in Vancouver, Canada, in 1976.
- It has its headquarters at the United Nations Office at Nairobi, Kenya.
- It is mandated by the UNGA to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.
- It is a member of the United Nations Development Group.
- The mandate of UN-Habitat derives from the Habitat Agenda, adopted by the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1996.
- The twin goals of the Habitat Agenda are adequate shelter for all and the development of sustainable human settlements in an urbanizing world.
- UN-Habitat works in more than 70 countries in five continents focusing on seven areas:
- Urban legislation, land and governance;
- Urban planning and design;
- Urban economy;
- Urban basic services;
- Housing and slum upgrading;
- Risk reduction and rehabilitation;
- Urban research and capacity development.