Introduction
Best Practice Briefs are summaries of selected practices from around the world designed to provide an overview of how cities, people and their communities are solving critical social, economic and environmental problems. These briefs, selected from more than 2000 practices and 160 countries illustrate how the Habitat Agenda, Agenda 21 and the Millennium Development Goals are being implemented.

The briefs are organized under the following thematic areas:

 
Housing Policies and Practices
Women Empowerment Practices
Social Services Practices
Poverty Reduction Practices
Urban Planning and Development Practices
Combating Racism and Discrimination
Children and Youth
City to City cooperation

Urban Governance Practices
Urban Economic Development
Environmental Planning and Management
Urban Infrastructure and Services
Sustainable Biodiversity
Water and Sanitation
Urban-Rural Continuum