|The Global Research Network on Human Settlements (HS-Net) is a network of individuals engaged in human settlements research. The objective of HS-Net is to promote global sharing of information on urban conditions and trends, principally through the 'Global Report on Human Settlements'.
Monitoring and reporting priorities relevant to the implementation of the Habitat Agenda fall into three broad categories:
- Monitoring urban conditions and trends, including progress towards realization of the Habitat Agenda and the targets of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on slums, water and sanitation;
- Improving understanding of emerging urban conditions and issues in a globalizing and urbanizing world; and
- Evaluating the effectiveness of past and present urban policies adopted by Governments and their partners in the implementation of the Habitat Agenda and the targets of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The major instrument for monitoring the Habitat Agenda and the Millennium Development targets on slums, water and sanitation is the Global Urban Observatory, set up by UN-HABITAT during the early 1990s. UN-HABITAT’s research based flagship reports, the Global Report on Human Settlements and The State of the World’s Cities Report (published biennially) are the main vehicles for global reporting and dissemination of the agency’s monitoring and substantive research results.