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A Best Practices Exhibition also paralleled the Conference, and showcased examples of human settlements development from around the world. The Best Practices Initiative is an interactive, computerized tool developed by the Together Foundation. Users can access information on over 500 case studies in the realization of Habitat’s objectives — shelter provision for all and sustainable human settlements development.

On Tuesday, 4 June, UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali opened the Best Practices Awards ceremony, which honored 12 initiatives designed to provide positive solutions to the world’s most pressing human settlement problems. He highlighted their efforts to build partnerships between civil society and private enterprise and offered them as proof that sustainable human development is indeed possible. The awards were given to projects involving a wide range of practices, including technology, information, poverty alleviation and improved access to land.

Awards were presented to the following 12 Best Practices: Project on Sites and Services for Family Groups with Low Income Living in the North of Gran, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Integration Council in the Favela’s Rehabilitation Process, Fortaleza, Brazil; Metro Toronto’s Changing Communities: Innovative Responses, Metro Toronto, Canada; Post-calamity Reconstruction of Anhui Province’s Rural Areas, China; Successful Institutionalization of Community-based Development in the Commune of Adjam�, Abidjan, C�te d’Ivoire; A Women’s Self-help Organization for Poverty Alleviation in India: The SEWA Bank, India; Shelter Upgrading, Agadir, Morocco; City Management in Tilburg, the Netherlands; Local Initiative Programme: Community Planning Process and City/Neighborhood Partnership, Lublin, Poland; Community Information Resource Centre (CIRC), Alexandra, South Africa; “Don’t Move, Improve,” Community-owned and - governed Urban Revitalization Project, South Bronx, New York City, US; and the pollution clean-up and environmental conservation efforts of the City of Chattanooga, Tennessee, US.