The Global Urban Observatory (GUO) helps cities get a bird’s eye view of their situation and their needs. Using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology, it helps cities get a bird’s eye view of their situation and their needs. Photograph a city from space, magnify it, look at a few streets in any area, and then send in survey teams to fill in the blanks from the streets up – how many people live there? How many have access to water and sanitation? Are the roads in need of repair? How many people have AIDS or malaria? Which slums are the most overcrowded? Armed with answers to such questions it is far easier and cheaper to bring improvements. The information gathered and researched provides a database of statistics and indicators on the state of urban development around the world. The information provided enables UN-HABITAT to monitor implementation of target 11 of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) to significantly improve the lives of 100 million slum dwellers by the year 2020.
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Updated November 24, 2015
| Dataset date: Jan 1, 1950-Dec 31, 2024
This dataset updates: Never
The UrbanInfo provides updated information on these topics and also covers new topics, such as disaster, crime, migration, income inequalities and transport. It includes, for the first time, the City Prosperity Index with information on productivity; infrastructure development; environmental sustainability; quality of life; equity/social inclusion; and Composite Street Connectivity Index (CSCI). The CSCI is composed with three elements: proportion of land allocated to street (percent), street density (km/km2) and the intersection density (number of intersection per km2).
This version of UrbanInfo is designed by UN-HABITAT in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), with financial support from the United Nations Development Account and other partners.