Urban Legal Network

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ULN aims to become a leading global Network that promotes the exchange of urban legal knowledge in the field of urban development. The unit is hosted by the GLTN and facilitated by UN-Habitat’s Urban Legislation Unit.

The ULN Mandate

ULN aims to become a leading global network that promotes the exchange of urban legal knowledge in the field of urban development.

The unit is hosted by the GLTN and facilitated by UN-Habitat’s Urban Legislation Unit.

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Downtown Medellin Colombia © UN-Habitat

UN-Habitat has recently re-stated its view of the Urban Development Paradigm, including that:

  • Robust legislative frameworks must underpin all planning;
  • On-going dialogue between legislation, policy and planning to ensure relevance, innovation and acapacity to meet the future challenges facing cities;
  • Development and planning must have a clear and unequivocal rights based approach; and Local governments provide an exciting entry point for change and should be encouraged to create enabling regulations.

UN-Habitat also believes that ‘rights based’ legislation can help promote participation and the Agency is, therefore, committed tothe everyday involvement of urban dwellers in the development decisions and planning outcomes that affect their daily lives. UN-Habitat’s work on Urban Law operates on several levels:

  1. Developing programmes among UN-Habitat branches and offices, as well as other partners, to deliver integrated packages of assistance for urban development.
  2. The development of innovative approaches, tools and methodologies to particular problems in urban law reform.
  3. The creation and sharing of information about urban law.
UN-Habitat places a priority on practical interventions that are tailored to national and local contexts and needs

In undertaking this work, UN-Habitat places a priority on practical interventions that are tailored to national and local contexts and needs. Of necessity, these priorities depend upon effective partnerships with local authorities, local experts and affected communities. Through this approach, UN-Habitat provides the support local and national governments need to incrementally improve their urban legal frameworks while also developing innovative solutions to shape future urban development.

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