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Self-made cities

In search of sustainable solutions for informal settlements in the united nations economic commission for europe region

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Informal settlements are often characterized as “illegal” residential formations lacking basic infrastructure, security of tenure and adequate housing. This book describes how more than 50 million people in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region have come to live in informal settlements and examines the main characteristics of the phenomenon. It also provides policy recommendations based on case studies and initiatives implemented in the region, with varying degrees of success. It concludes that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution, as informal settlements are the product of complex socio-political processes that differ significantly from country to country and from region to region.

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Informal settlements in the united nations economic commission for Europe region

The challenge of informal settlements is widely recognized in international and national programmes fostering sustainable development. The second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II, Istanbul, Turkey, 3–14 June 1996) was a key historical moment signaling a new pathway for long-term policy development. A comprehensive vision and broad policy agendas previously endorsed by the New Urban Agenda and the Global Strategy for Shelter were reaffirmed. Furthermore, chapter 7 of Agenda 21 introduced the idea of sustainable development in application to human settlements. This signaled a transition from fragmented policy responses towards a more comprehensive policy agenda.

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