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UNHabitat lays out plan for Pink City

Published: 7th 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.

About UN-Habitat-

  • 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:
  1. Urban legislation, land and governance;
  2. Urban planning and design;
  3. Urban economy;
  4. Urban basic services;
  5. Housing and slum upgrading;
  6. Risk reduction and rehabilitation;
  7. Urban research and capacity development.

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