The World Urban Observatory is a network to promote sustainable urban development policies to be more responsive to the urgent and growing needs of the population. It was established at the United Nations Center for Human Settlements (Habitat) to help implement the Habitat Agenda and the local work agenda for the 21st century that aims to improve urban living conditions and It assists governments, local authorities and civil society organizations in the following areas:
Build capacity for urban observatories to collect, manage, compare and analyze urban status and pace information.Identifies, defines and evaluates successful urban policies and practices.
- Create more favorable conditions to activate the participatory and participatory process.
- Writing the State of the World's report every two years.
- Establish a classification system linked to urban policies and based on the Habitat Agenda to assist urban observatories in organizing information derived from follow-up and evaluation.
- Establishing and protecting urban observatory networks with the aim of building capacities that can provide technical assistance to its members at different levels to prepare them for self-monitoring and evaluation work.
- Organize and protect partner networks to strengthen participation roles in monitoring and evaluation processes.
- Connect the networks of capacity building institutions with networks of decision-making institutions to help them use quantitative and qualitative information to improve governance and its practices.
- Provide ways and mechanisms to assist urban observatories at the national and local levels in collecting, managing, analyzing, implementing and disseminating information on urban conditions.
- Developing and strengthening the cooperation of urban observatory partners to carry out follow-up and evaluation tasks through joint programs and projects implemented jointly.