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MOST Clearing House Best Practices Sites for Best Practices
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Best 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:

  • 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.
Best Practices are promoted and used as a means of:
  • Improving public policy based on what works;
  • 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.
Association of European Schools of Planning
Urban planning, education curricula
AESOP (Association 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.

Best Practices for Human Settlements Database
Environmental 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.

Best Practices Hub-Vienna
Urban environmental technologies
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.

Center for Excellence in Non-profits (CEN)
NGO-s and Nonprofit Organizations, improved leadership and civic engagement
This webpage 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.

The Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment
Urban poverty 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.

United Nations Center for Human Settlements (HABITAT)
Local leadership 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.

Information for Development in the 21st Century
Poverty eradication, development research
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.

MOST Clearing House Best Practices
Poverty eradication, 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.

Urban governance, community life
This 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 German)

People in Aid Code
International 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.

SuccessLink - Best Practices
Learning Process 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.

SUNetwork - Best Practices
Sustainable 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.

Sustainable development, info-structure
sustainabledevelopment.org 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.

Together Foundation
NGO-s, Nonprofit 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".
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