Coordinated by the Capacity Development Unit.

Global Urban Lectures are 15-minute lectures on themes related to sustainable urbanization, delivered by renown experts, UN-Habitat partners and UN-Habitat staff. The lectures have been ranked among the best MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) on cities.

A network for cooperation between UN-Habitat and institutions of higher education, closing the gap between academia and urban practitioners.

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Launched in 2006, UN-Habitat's partnership with the Government of the Gangwon Province of South Korea aims to strengthen the institutional capacity of the International Urban Training Centre (IUTC) and improve the capacities of local governments, senior experts and senior executives of public institutions in Asia and the Pacific.

Topics vary from water management, city prosperity, slum upgrading, housing, climate change mitigation and adaptation, urban planning, action planning for cities supported by the CPI-City Prosperity Index, and land-based finance.

In 2017, the programme expanded to include in-country training, seed-money projects and facilitating and addressing the needs of partner cities in implementing their development plans.

This practical training guide is associated with the working paper Principles of Planned Urbanization published in June 2016 and the strategy document launched during the Habitat III Conference entitled The Fundamentals of Urbanization: Evidence base for Policy Making, drawing from the UN-Habitat Global Sample of Cities (200 cities).

The design of the training programme and preparation of the training companion was preceded by a joint effort carried out by Capacity Development Unit, the Urban Planning and Design Branch, the Urban Legislation, Land and Governance Branch and The Urban Economy Branch, and different consultants.