In many countries, legislation can be a barrier to good urban governance
and urban poverty reduction. Outdated or contradictory legislation
can disempower local authorities and the urban poor, preventing them from
taking concrete measures to improve the quality of life in cities.
Recognizing these realities, the Global Campaign on Urban Governance
proposes to take action on three fronts. First, by exploring the
links between international law and the principles of good governance,
the Campaign will provide a substantive and legal basis to promote normative
debate on the principles of good urban governance. This work will
also support the ongoing "Dialogue on Decentralisation" the follow-up activity
to the World Charter of Local Self-Government. Second, the work on
legislation will support the preparation of national campaigns by examining
Government commitments to international and human rights legislation.
Third, the Campaign will provide support to countries seeking to revise
national, state/provincial or local legislation to provide for more inclusive
International Legal Instruments Addressing Good Urban Governance
This report examines the extent to which the principles of good urban governance, as defined by UN-HABITAT’s Global Campaign on Urban Governance, conform with international legal instruments agreed by the United Nations. Looking specifically at international human rights law, this handbook for legal experts, national and local governments suggests that there is an implicit international consensus on key principles of good governance. To download the publication, please click here.
Support to legislative reform in Kenya
UN-HABITAT’s national level support to legislative reform has been initiated in Kenya.
The Campaign has provided inputs to the review of the Kenya Local Government
Act through the Consultative Group on Participatory Local Governance.
UN-HABITAT's submission has two purposes. First, to draw attention
to Kenya’s commitments to participatory governance in international law
and in commitments it has made at various international conferences sponsored
by the United Nations. The paper also highlights the examples of
legislation from The Philippines, Bolivia and South Africa that enshrine
participatory governance, as a source of text that could be incorporated
in Kenya. For more information, please see the submission.
Future areas of interest of the Campaign in the area of legislative reform include:
Case-studies of Enabling Legislation: In collaboration with the Urban Management Programme, the Campaign has initiated research on legislation that institutionalises participation in urban planning and management.
Sourcebook and Guidelines for Pro-Poor Legislation: Also being undertaken in collaboration with the Urban Management Programme, this publication aims to present examples of national, state/provincial and local legislation that is designed in whole or in part to improve the quality of life of the urban poor. The publication will also attempt to provide practical guidelines for human settlement professionals involved in legislative reviews.
For more information, please contact:
Global Campaign on Urban Governance
P.O. Box 30030, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: (254-2) 623216, Fax: (254-2) 624264