Coordinating the UN's work on water and sanitation

Making cities sustainable

When it rains in Bhopal, India – and during the monsoon season it rains a lot – run-off from the landfill contaminates the water supply of around two million people.
Not only are the numbers of bacteria found in the water astronomic, but there are also high amounts of iron, lead, calcium and magnesium which can cause cancer and other serious health issues.

Faced with the challenging scenario, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation partnered up with UNIDO and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to tackle the problem. Entitled ‘GEF-UNIDO Sustainable Cities: Integrated Approach Pilot (SCIAP)’, the project integrates sustainability strategies into urban planning and management. Its goal is to create a favourable environment for investment in infrastructure and services, making the cities involved – Bhopal, Jaipur, Mysore and Vijayawada-Guntur – more resilient.

Learn more about what UNIDO is doing to make cities sustainable for the world’s growing population here.