|UN-Habitat has the specific mandate within the United Nation System to act as a focal point for local governments, including regional, provincial, federal and other territorial governments.
The role of local governments as an essential actor of development is widely recognized. They are instrumental in delivering basic urban services such as water, sanitation, transport, employment opportunities, protection of the environment, access to public space and its linkage to urban safety.
Local governments have the legitimacy, in most cases, of being elected by the citizens and are the closest sphere of government to attend to people’s primary needs. read more...