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Practices are examples of outstanding contributions to improving the living environment. They are defined by the United Nations and the international community at large as successful initiatives which:
Best Practices are promoted and used
as a means of:
Have a demonstrable and tangible impact
on improving people's quality of life;
Are the result of effective partnerships
between the public, private and civic sectors of society;
Are socially, culturally, economically
and environmentally sustainable.
Improving public policy based on what
Raising awareness of decision-makers
at all levels and of the public of potential solutions to common social,
economic and environmental problems;
Sharing and transferring knowledge,
expertise and experience through networking and learning.
of European Schools of Planning
of European Schools of Planning) is a network of universities
teaching within the field of urban and regional planning. The
network aims at promoting best examples in teaching curricula
and research in these areas. Important events like annual congresses,
workshops, together with summary of papers and discussions on
European, national and local spatial planning, are presented.
Web addresses and other addresses are provided, but without hyper-links.
Practices for Human Settlements Database
management, urban governance, economic development
|The rich database provided
in this web-page on Best Practices helps in finding information
and making contact with people involved in the implementation
of over 650 proven solutions to the common social, economic and
environmental problems of an urbanizing world. It demonstrates
the practical ways in which communities, governments and the private
sector are working together to eradicate poverty, provide shelter,
protect the environment and support economic development.
|The Best Practices
Hub-Vienna is a thematic center for urban environmental technologies
and a regional center for Central and Eastern Europe. This Best
Practices Hub, in cooperation with the UNCHS (Habitat) partner,
acts as a communication center between communities. In this home
page are offered links to other Best Practices partners.
for Excellence in Non-profits (CEN)
|NGO-s and Nonprofit
Organizations, improved leadership and civic engagement
|This homepage offers
examples of Best Practices in the forms of programs, services
and publications of the Center for Excellence in Non-profits (CEN).
The goal of the center is to provide improved leadership and services,
and to elevate the whole community of nonprofit organizations.
Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment
eradication and environmental management
|This homepage offers
a concise history of the origins and the development of the initiative
for "Best Practices" and defines the criteria and the timetable
to submit examples of Best Practices through the competition for
The Dubai International Award for Best Practices. The purpose
of the site is to recognize and enhance awareness of outstanding
and sustainable achievements in improving social relations and
the living environment.
Nations Center for Human Settlements (HABITAT)
and human settlements
This homepage concerning
Human Settlements offers a survey of UN-links to the United
Nations Center for Human Settlements (HABITAT). The Best Practices
database section is a very useful tool in inspiring action and
change. The page provides also a link to the guide for submitting
Best Practices experiences and events, and to a list of 16 research
and capacity building organizations that work as partners of
HABITAT around the world.
A useful link related
to the same issues throughout Asia and the Pacific is http://www.fukuoka.unchs.org/.
The mission of the Fukuoka Office is to serve as a coordinator
of best projects of urban management, environmental improvement
and community development of 15 countries of the zone, and to
link these projects to UNCHS Headquarters.
for Development in the 21st Century
|Hosted by the Institute
of Development Studies, the Information for Development in the
21st Century (ID21) website is an initiative of the UK Department
for International Development. It gives access to a database of
policy-relevant research findings on a wide range of critical
development issues. This new online service offers hundreds of
summaries of problem-solving work on critical development dilemmas
around the world.
Clearing House Best Practices
social integration, urban governance, gender equality, indigenous knowledge
|The Management of Social
Transformations (MOST) homepage offers an interactive rich list
of model projects and policies applied internationally, that aim
at improving the quality of life of individuals or groups suffering
from poverty and social exclusion. Key categories of the MOST
database are: indigenous knowledge, poverty eradication, social
exclusion/integration, urban governance, women and gender equality.
A link to information on how to become involved in this initiative
is also provided.
homepage is a multilingual urban network for the integration of
city planners and involved local actors for the exchange of the
Best Practices among European cities. It makes it possible especially
for urban decision makers to actively exchange information on
their respective cities in connection with innovative initiative
undertaken in local communities.
in Aid Code
aid personnel, agency management
|This page promotes
examples of Best Practice in the management and support of international
aid personnel. It gives aid agencies of all kinds a framework
in which to monitor and improve support and management of their
field staff and volunteers. Through the presentation of documents
like the Code and Principles of aid workers, activities of aid
agencies, and research materials, it informs and helps agencies
and individual aid workers to select cases of interest and to
get good advice in their work.
- Best Practices
and cultural vitality
|A list of proven successful
practices in the field of education and the best achievements
in the process of learning is provided. These practices are inspiring
examples of creativity and hard work in the process of active
learning and better performance as an important aspect in the
life of a community. Possible contacts for further information
on these practices are also available.
- Best Practices
community: civic and cultural vitality
|As it represents the
Best Practices realized by individuals, families, schools and
organizations across the USA, the goal of this interactive homepage
is to help in the creation of a sustainable new community. Educational,
ecological, environmental, commercial and industrial examples
of Best Practices of various sorts are included.
is a resource center for information about sustainable development.
This Center utilizes the latest of Web technology to provide a
community-center atmosphere for storing, searching and disseminating
sustainable development information.
Organizations etc, information and communication
|The Together Foundation
is a private operating foundation committed to providing assistance
to non-profit organizations, NGO-s, UN agencies with their telecommunication,
networking and information needs and with the exchange of information.
An area of particular interest to this Foundation is information
on sustainable development.
|UNESCO Cities for Peace Prize
|Cities, municipalities, urban issues
|The UNESCO Cities for
Peace Prize is both a means of collecting and disseminating information
on innovative urban practices and an instrument of international
cooperation between cities in all the regions of the world. The
prize-winning projects contribute to making the city - a place
of all types of exclusion, but also a birthplace of a multi-faceted
citizenship which derives its wealth from its many underlying
differences - into a space of cultural vitality, conviviality
and social cohesion. The key categories of the website are: rules
and regulations of the UNESCO Cities for Peace Prize, the prize-winning
cities, the form for the submission of candidatures and the innovative
urban practices database: "The City: A User's Guide".