United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Topic A: Addressing Urban Inequalities: Exclusion, Deprivation and Marginalization

Topic B: Sustainable and Inclusive Development for Conurbation

Working Language: English

Delegation: Double Delegation (60 delegates in total)

Rules of Procedure: Beijing Rules of Procedure (Paper-oriented)

Introduction to Committee and Topics:

Established in 2002, the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) is long dedicated to building a better quality of life for all in an urbanizing world. It is long at the heart of coordinating and planning the urbanization process of various parts of the world.

Today, over half of the world’s total population lives in cities or urban areas, creating over 80% of global GDP. Meanwhile, over 3 billion people will be added to the urban population worldwide between 2010 and 2050. However, inequality is also widely spread over urban areas. Only half of the world’s urban population enjoys convenient access to public transport, and the share of the urban population living in urban slums rose to 24% in 2018. Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, 90% of the confirmed cases are in urban areas.

As the powerhouses of economic growth, urban areas should share the dividend with all its members and function as catalysts for inclusion and innovation. Furthermore, coordinating the development of satellite cities with the core cities is also crucial for a balanced development of urban areas. By promoting more sustainable and inclusive cities and urban areas development, we will help implement the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and contribute to 17 Sustainable Development Goals.