Started in 1978, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme is designed to prevent and ameliorate problems that stem from the massive growth of conurbations throughout the world, with a special focus on those major urban locales in the developing world. For persons interested in this broad set of topics and the multilateral responses to such conditions, this site is invaluable. The site provides information on the Programme's governing bodies as well as the various campaigns, partner organizations, and events it sponsors, such as the World Urban Forum. The Publications area is quite nice, as it includes highlights from the annual "State of the World's Cities" report, research reports on slums, and the problems of large-scale urban governance. The homepage of the site also contains feature stories about the organization's latest research findings and updates from various urban areas.
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