The purpose of the World's City Profiles is to provide a concise overview of the main issues facing the world's cities. The World's City Profiles offer a unique opportunity to draw attention to some of the major problems facing cities, the solutions adopted and some of the best practices. The city profiles are complementary to the Global Urban Indicators Database, published in the GUO CD-ROM 2001.
Highlights the key characteristics of the city: location, geography, historical development, regional significance.
Provides an overview of the shelter situation with emphasis on security of tenure, right to adequate housing, access to land, access to credit, and access to basic services.
Provides an overview of social development and eradication of poverty, with emphasis on health and safety, social integration, support to disadvantaged groups, gender equality.
Provides an overview of environmental management issues, with emphasis on population, geographical balance, water supply and demand, urban pollution (air, wastes, water), disaster management, transports, local environmental planning.
Provides an overview of the economic situation with emphasis on small and micro-enterprises, informal sector, productivity, employment, public - private sector partnerships.