UN Publications

List of United Nations Publications


This manual presents a practical approach for the valuation of unregistered land. It is designed to aid implementation of Valuation of Unregistered Lands: A Policy Guide, prepared by GLTN for UN-Habitat (McDermott, Myers and Augustinas, 2018), in combination with the International Valuation Standards (IVS) of the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC).

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This reports objective is to provide a framework for the GLTN and for those at local and national levels who use GLTN tools. This report is not a land tool. Rather, it provides structured guidance on how to address landspecific problems within the intersection of urban and rural development. It consists of action-oriented steps and recommendations that should be pursued in urbanrural interdependent development. This report expands on current knowledge of urban-rural linkages in the context of land tenure challenges.

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Guidelines for the formalization of informal constructions

This publication is a brief, practical and easy-to-read guide, explaining how to structure a programme for the formalization of informal constructions. The focus is on the formalization process itself, but there are also descriptions of the preparatory work needed to analyze problem magnitude, as well as how to find political acceptance, identify post-formalization factors, and identify the root problems that cause future informality. Main authors are Chryssy Potsiou, FIG President (2015-2018)and Steven Nystrom, FIG Commission 9 Chair (2015-2018).

Where to Start? A Guide to Land-Based Finance in Local Governance

This new UN-Habitat / GTLN publication is a Guide that aims to expand the understanding of local leaders on taxes and fees related to land and the advantages of this approach. 

Stories of Change

This publication is a collection of stories that illustrate outcomes of selected projects from the GLTN Phase 2 programme 2012-2018 at both global and country levels.

Framework for Costing and Financing Land Administration Services - CoFLAS

This publication is a collection of stories that illustrate outcomes of selected projects from the GLTN Phase 2 programme 2012-2018 at both global and country levels.

Valuation of Unregistered Lands - A Policy Guide

In many developing countries only thirty percent of land rights are registered and valuation has generally been focused on this registered land. Valuation of unregistered land approach is to support developing countries that have unregistered land to be able to value it. Valuation is necessary to improve control over land and property in a way that builds equitable access to financial services and mobilizes resources for economic growth and poverty reduction.

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Coastal Hazard Wheel - UNEP-DHI

The Coastal Hazard Wheel is published by the UNEP-DHI partnership and is developed to support coastal decision-making at all management levels and address the challenge of coastal climate change adaptation. It is based on a universal coastal classification system and functions as a key for classifying a particular coastal location, determining its hazard profile, identifying relevant management options and communicating coastal information. The Coastal Hazard Wheel App provides global coastal classification data in low-moderate quality and high quality national classifications will become gradually available as various classification projects are implemented.

Fit-For-Purpose Land Administration - Guiding Principles for Country Implementation

This publication is primarily designed to allow a range of stakeholders in developing countries to understand the overall Fit-For-Purpose approach and to recognize the benefits of adopting this approach. The Fit-for-Purpose solutions provide opportunities for land administration systems to deliver benefits, including secure tenure rights, to a wide range of stakeholders within a relatively short time and for  relatively affordable costs in a flexible manner. It provides structured guidance on building the spatial, legal and institutional frameworks in support of designing country-specific strategies for implementing FFP land administration. It contains the analysis and operational advisory guidelines to implement the approach.  Authors of the Guide are Stig Enemark, Robin McLaren and Christiaan Lemmen and it is published by UN-Habitat/GLTN and Dutch Kadaster.

Formalizing the Informal: Challenges and Opportunities of Informal Settlements in South-East Europe

The publication examines the causes of informal housing development in South-East Europe and assesses the Government’s policies to address this issue.

Over the last 25 years, informal settlements have become an increasingly important and urgent matter in the region. At an international conference in 2007, it was estimated that more than 50 million people lived in informal settlements in 20 member States of the UNECE. In 2009, the ECE Committee on Housing and Land Management published a first study on informal settlements: Self-Made Cities: In Search of Sustainable Solutions for Informal Settlements. This publication continues the discussion opened by the previous study. This report, Formalizing the Informal: Challenges and Opportunities of Informal Settlements in South-East Europe examines the causes of informal housing development in five countries of South-Eastern Europe – Albania, the Republic of Cyprus, Greece, Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and assesses the governments’ policies to address this challenge. Based on this assessment, the study makes policy recommendations to these five countries’ governments. It also contains lessons learned and best practices that can be applied throughout the UNECE region.

Informal Urban Development in Europe - Experiences from Albania and Greece

Informal development is not a novel issue for Europe. The southern part of the region has long experience in dealing with this problem. Rapid economic and political change in the European region during the last twenty years has resulted in rapid population increase in many urban centers, mainly due to immigration of rural poor searching for job opportunities and better living conditions, or of internally displaced people. Increasing unplanned or informal suburban development has become an issue of major importance particularly in the transition countries.