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The Best Practices and Local Leadership Programme (BLP) is a global network of institutions dedicated to the identification and exchange of successful solutions for sustainable development.

The BLP partners' network identifies initiatives in such areas as housing, urban development and governance, the environment, economic development, social inclusion, crime prevention, poverty reduction, women, youth, infrastructure and social services.

Every two years, up to 10 outstanding initiatives receive the Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment, a biennial environmental award established in 1995 by the Municipality of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Those initiatives meeting the criteria for a Best Practice are included in the Best Practices database. The lessons learned from selected best practices are analysed in case studies and guides and transferred to other countries, cities or communities.

Together with the Global Urban Observatory (GUO), BLP forms UN-HABITAT's facility for monitoring global trends in sustainable urban development and evaluating progress the implementation of the Habitat Agenda, Agenda 21, and the MDGs. The policy implications and lessons learned from Best Practices are incorporated into Habitat's State of the World's Cities Report series and the Global Report on Human Settlements.

For more information about the BLP, please see
About BLP.

Links to commonly requested information are available below:

2006 submission guidelines
Millennium Development Goals
Dubai International Award
Best Practices Briefs
2004 Award Winning Practices
2004 Global Best Practices
2002 Award Winning Practices
2000 Award Winning Practices
1998 Award Winning Practices
1996 Award Winning Practices
Case Studies and Transfers
Good Urban Policies and Enabling Legislation

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