Originally created for the 2014 IMUN/WMUN Conferences


(1) TOPIC GUIDES

Below you will find links to the topics that will be discussed in the UN-HABITAT



(2) COMMITTEE DESCRIPTIONS




(3) VIDEO GUIDES


To watch how slums came to be, click here
To learn about how slums rise and develop, click here
To take a look at what daily life is like in a Mumbai slum, click here
To watch a documentary describing the work of the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme, click here
To watch an award-winning film following the lives of five people in the Kenyan slum of Kiberia; Slum Survivors, click here
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(4) LINKS TO NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS (NGOs)


Slum Rehabilitation Society
SPARC
Slum Aid
Homeless International
World Bank
Cities Alliance Partner Ship
Participatory Slum Upgrading Program

(5) COUNTRY RESEARCH

Angola

To learn about how Civil War has affected the growth of slums in Angola, click here
To find out why unequal wealth distribution contributes to the rise of slums in Angola, click here

Australia
To read about slums in Sydney, click here
To read about a slum landlord in Brisbane, click here
To read about the demolition of a notorious Aboriginal slum, click here

Bolivia

To learn about the slums in Bolivia, click here
To learn how water is affected in the slums of Bolivia, click here
To find out what UN-Habitat has done in Bolivia, click here

Brazil
To read about the rise of the middle class in Brazil's favelas, click here
To read about slum upgrading programs and lessons learned in Brazil, click here
To read about the development of slums in Rio de Janeiro, click here
To read about one of the largest slums in South America, in Sao Paulo, click here

Cambodia

To learn about the slums of Cambodia, click here
To find out why the slums of Cambodia are growing, click here

China
To read about the effects of urbanization and poverty in the creation of urban slums, click here
To read about the benefits, challenges and strategies faced by China concerning urbanization, click here
To read about the lack of housing in urban cities such as Beijing, click here

Colombia
To read about the harsh conditions of urban slums in Colombia, click here
To read about the social ills such as drugs and violence in connection to slums, click here
To read about the reasons behind the creation of slums in Colombia, click here
To read about development and innovation in Medellin slums, click here

Costa Rica

To read about the issue of slums during the Arias Administration, click here
To read about the difficulties in eliminating slums in Costa Rica, click here
To learn about the lives of eleven women who live in La Carpio, a slum located outside San Jose, click here

Denmark
To read about Denmark's 32-point Ghetto Strategy to eliminate slums, click here
To read about UN-Habitat's Sustainable Cities Programme, for which Denmark offers donor and technical support, click here

France
To read about the dismal conditions and prospects for those living in Paris slums, click here
To read about former French President Sarkozy's plan to develop suburban slums, click here
To read about the widening gap between France's rich and the poor living in banlieues, click here
To read about Parisian slums, better known as banlieues, click here

Ghana

To read about the origination of slums in Ghana, click here
To read about UN-Habitat's slum upgrading mission to Ghana, click here
To read about slums in the Greater Accra region, click here

India
To read about the effects of rapid urbanization such as rising social inequalities, poverty and slums, click here
To read about vertical slums in Mumbai, click here
To read about the hidden economic potential in Mumbai's slums, click here, and also here

Indonesia

To read about the conditions in Jakarta slums, click here
To read about sanitation struggles in Jakarta slums, click here
To read about the world's first slum upgrading programme, the Kampung Improvement Programme (KIP), click here

Japan
To read about Japan's biggest slum in Kamagasaki, click here
To read about homelessness and the creation of slums in Japan, click here
To read about the conditions in Kamagasaki and view photographs, click here

Kenya

To read about life in a Kenyan slum, click here
To read about the effects of rapid urbanization in Kenya, click here
To view photographs depicting the conditions of Kenyan slums, click here
To read about UN-Habitat's slum upgrading activities in Nairobi, click here

Mexico

To read about slums in Mexico, click here
To read about the connection between slums and drugs in Mexico, click here
To read about a slum called Neza-Chalco-Itza in Mexico City, click here

Nigeria

To read about slums in Lagos, click here
To read about the demolition of the biggest slum-dwelling in Lagos, click here
To read about homelessness in Nigeria, click here

Qatar

To read about Qatar's aid to slums in France, Italy, Ireland and Spain, click here
To read about the segregation of slums in France and Qatar's position, click here

Russian Federation

To read about the history of Russian slums during the Khrushchev regime, click here
To read about Russia's cooperation with UN-Habitat for sustainable development of human settlements, click here
To read about Russia's housing situation, click here

Saudi Arabia

To read about slum dwellers in Makkah, click here
To read about a workshop focusing on slums in Makkah, click here
To read about the widening gap between the rich and poor in Saudi Arabia, click here

Serbia

To read about the dire conditions ofslums in Belgrade, click here
To read about Serbian officials evicting Romas from slums, click here
To read about a slum upgrading project in Serbia, click here

South Africa

To read about the development of high-tech shacks, iShacks, in South Africa, click here
To read about the dangerous conditions in South Africa slums relating to violence and mob rule, click here
To read about slums in Soweto, click here

Sweden

To read about the segregation of immigrants in slums, click here
To read an analysis about Swedish slumlords, click here
To read about an UN-Habitat slum upgrading project where Sweden assumes a donor position, click here
To read about Sweden's financial support for UN-Habitat, click here

Tanzania
To read about efforts to cleanup slums in the capital city of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, click here
To read about slums in Tanzania, click here
To read about poor sanitation in Tanzanian slums, click here
To read about the creation of slums in Tanzania based on rapid urbanization and migration, click here

United Arab Emirates

To read about modern slums in Dubai, click here
To read about urban slums in Dubai, click here

United Kingdom

To read about high-rise slums in Britain, click here
To read about the UK's housing crisis that has resulted in urban slums, click here
To read about the British government's negligence concerning slum landlords, click here

United States

To read about US cities turning into slums due to current recession economic conditions, click here
To read about the housing situation in the US, click here
To read about prosperity in cities hosted by UN-Habitat, click here

Venezuela

To read about vertical slums in Caracas, click here
To read about slums in Venezuela, click here
To read about the Caracas Slum-Upgrading Project, click here