"Wise Practices"

The term “wise practices” has been actively propagated by UNESCO (2000) with an understanding that the definition, conceptualization, and implementation of wise practices will continually evolve and be subject to refinement, as individual and community experience and knowledge expands. Wise practices are best being defined as locally-appropriate actions, tools, principles or decisions that contribute significantly to the development of sustainable and equitable social conditions.”

 

(Wesley-Esquimax and Calliou 2010: 19)

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A Note about the Goals

 

GOALS HAVE NOT BEEN COMPLETED AND ARE STILL IN PROGRESS

 

The goals have been formulated to fit under each category and are subject to revision, updating and additions. They are currently only derived from the following international agreements, with additions to be made as the project evolves: 

 

 

Most of the wording is directly taken from the New Urban Agenda, with some amendments and amalgamations, and some goals fit into more than one category. Each goal is referenced to the corresponding section of the listed documents in brackets at the end.

 

We are aware that there are gaps and limitations to this current set of goals, and revisions are ongoing. Ultimately, each wise practice will be placed under a corresponding goal in the relevant categories.                

Wise Practices Categories & Goals

1.  Governance & Leadership 

Goal 1:  Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, ensuring women’s full and effective participation and equal rights in all fields and in leadership at all levels of decision-making (NUA 13c, 90, 148, 155; SDG 5.5, 5.c; CEDAW article 3, 7).

 

Goal 2:  Strengthen the interface among stakeholders, offering opportunities for dialogue, including through age- and gender- responsive approaches, with particular attention to contributions from women and others (NUA 42).

 

Goal 3: Promote participatory age- and gender-responsive approaches at all stages of the urban and territorial policy and planning processes (NUA 92, 155).

 

Goal 4: Promote capacity development programmes to help governments in financial planning and management, with particular attention to age- and gender- responsive budgeting (NUA 151).

 

Goal 5:  Make information and communications technologies accessible to the public, including women and girls, children and youth, persons with disabilities, older persons and persons in vulnerable situations, to enable them to develop and exercise civic responsibility, broadening participation and fostering responsible governance (NUA 156; SDG 5.b). 

2.  Safety

Goal 1:  Prevent and eliminate all forms of violence and harassment against women and girls in private and public spaces, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation (NUA 13c, 39; SDG 5.2; CEDAW article 6).

 

Goal 2:  Eliminate harmful practices against women and girls, including child, early, and forced marriage, and female genital mutilation (NUA 39; SDG 5.3).

 

Goal 3:  Improve road safety and integrate it into sustainable mobility and transport infrastructure planning and design, with special attention to the needs of all women and girls (NUA 113). 

3.  Housing & Land Rights

Goal 1:  Promote the development of integrated and age-and gender-responsive housing policies (NUA 32).

 

Goal 2:  Develop age-, gender- and environment-responsive solutions within the continuum of land and property rights, with particular attention to security of land tenure for women as key to their empowerment, including through effective administration systems and equal rights to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws (NUA 35; SDG 5.a; CEDAW article 15, 16).

4.  Economic Security 

Goal 1:  Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, by ensuring decent work and equal pay for equal work, or work of equal value (NUA 13c, 57; SDG 8.5; CEDAW article 11).

 

Goal 2: Enhance the livelihoods, working conditions and income security, legal and social protection, access to skills, assets and other support services, voice and representation of the working poor in the informal economy, particularly women, including the unpaid, domestic and migrant workers and recognize their contribution to the urban economy (NUA 59; SDG 8.8).

 

Goal 3:  Create policy based on pro-poor and gender sensitive development strategies, to end poverty (SDG 1.b). 

Goal 4:  Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources (SDG 5.a; CEDAW article 13).

5.  Education

Goal 1:  Eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations (SDG 4.5; CEDAW article 10).

 

Goal 2:  Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all (SDG 4.a).
 

6.  Health

Goal 1:  Promote a safe, healthy and secure environment in cities taking into consideration that women and girls and persons in vulnerable situations are often particularly affected (NUA 39).

 

Goal 2 Eliminate harmful practices against women and girls, including child, early, and forced marriage, and female genital mutilation (NUA 39; SDG 5.3; CEDAW article 16).

 

Goal 3:  Promote access to adequate, inclusive, and quality health-care services, including universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services and rights, to reduce newborn child and maternal mortality (NUA 55; SDG 3.1, 3.7, 5.6; CEDAW article 12,16).

 

Goal 4 End all forms of malnutrition, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons (SDG 2.2; CEDAW article 12).

7.  Transportation

Goal 1: Promote age- and gender-responsive planning and investment for sustainable, safe and accessible urban mobility (NUA 13f, 114; SDG 11.2).

 

Goal 2: Improve road safety and integrate it into sustainable mobility and transport infrastructure planning and design, with special attention to the needs of all women and girls and those in vulnerable situations (NUA 113; SDG 11.2). 

8.  Environment & Resilience

Goal 1: Strengthen the resilience of cities by adopting and implementing integrated, age- and gender-responsive policies and plans (NUA 77, 101).

9.  Child Care & Elder Care 

Goal 1: Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate (SDG 5.4).

 

Goal 2: Encourage the provision of the necessary supporting social services to enable parents to combine family obligations with work responsibilities and participation in public life, in particular through promoting the establishment and development of a network of child-care facilities (CEDAW article 11.2c).

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10.  Diversity & Inclusion 

Goal 1: Embrace diversity in cities and human settlements, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status, to strengthen social cohesion, intercultural dialogue and understanding, tolerance, mutual respect, gender equality and inclusion (NUA 40; SDG 10.2).

 

Goal 2: Strengthen the interface among stakeholders, offering opportunities for dialogue, including through age- and gender-responsive approaches, with particular attention to contributions from men and women, children and youth, older persons and persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and local communities, refugees and internally displaced persons and migrants, regardless of migration status, and without discrimination based on race, religion, ethnicity, or socio-economic status (NUA 42,48,148, 155).

 

Goal 3: Promote access for youth (girls and boys, young women and young men) to education, skills development, and employment (NUA 61).

 

Goal 4: Address the social, economic, and spatial implications of aging populations (NUA 62).

 

Goal 5: Make information and communications technologies accessible to the public, including women and girls, children and youth, persons with disabilities, older persons and persons in vulnerable situations, to enable them to develop and exercise civic responsibility, broadening participation and fostering responsible governance (NUA 156). 

11.  Arts, Media & Culture

 

Goal 1:

12.  Indigenous Peoples 

Goal 1: Engage indigenous peoples and local communities in the promotion and dissemination of knowledge of tangible and intangible cultural heritage (NUA 125).

13.  Refugees & Immigrants

Goal 1: Ensure the full respect for human rights and humane treatment of refugees, internally displaced persons, and migrants, regardless of migration status (NUA 28).

 

Goal 2: Establish frameworks that enable the positive contribution of migrants to cities (NUA 28). 

14.  Infrastructure & Services 

Goal 1: Promote equitable and affordable access to sustainable basic physical and social infrastructure for all, without discrimination, ensuring that these services are responsive to the rights and needs of women and girls and others that are in vulnerable situations (NUA 34, 119; SDG 6.2).

15.  Urban Spaces

Goal 1: Prevent and eliminate all forms of discrimination, violence, and harassment against women and girls in public spaces (NUA 13c, 39, 100; SDG 11.7).

 

Goal 2: Provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities (SDG 11.7).

16.  Peace & Security

 

Goal 1:

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