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Geneva Green Guide

United Nations Human Settlements Programme

UN-HABITAT
Geneva Office
UN-HABITAT, Liaison Office in Geneva
International Environment House 2
7 chemin de Balexert
CH-1219 Châtelaine (Geneva)
Tel: 
(+41 22) 917 83 00
Contact: 

 Jean-Yves Barcelo   barcelo.unhabitat@unog.ch     

Description

Established in 1978, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. The agency works with countries to achieve sustainable urban development, including improvement in the lives of slum dwellers, access to safe water and sanitation, environmental protection and adequate rights to land and housing. UN-Habitat is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

Organization: 
Intergovernmental organizations
Established: 
1978
Staff: 
1 in Geneva, 200 at Headquarters + project staff
Chief/Director: 
Jean-Yves Barcelo (OIC)
Activities: 

UN-HABITAT’s main activities are in the areas of:

  • urban planning, development, management and governance;
  • housing policy, housing rights, land and security of tenure;
  • slum upgrading and the provision of low-income housing through the UN-HABITAT/World Bank Cities Alliance initiative and the agency’s Slum Upgrading Facility;
  • environmental sustainability;
  • access to basic services through the Water and Sanitation Trust Fund;
  • urban infrastructure including energy and transport;
  • municipal and housing finance;
  • risk and disaster management including post-conflict and disaster reconstruction;
  • safer cities through policies on crime prevention and urban safety;
  • gender-mainstreaming and the inclusion of youth in human settlements development and management;
  • training and capacity-building, particularly for urban management stakeholders;
  • advocacy, research and monitoring progress towards the implementation of the Habitat Agenda and MDG targets relating to slums and access to water and sanitation.
Cooperation: 

UN-HABITAT works with a wide range of partners, including governments, intergovernmental organizations, local authorities and their associations, non-governmental and community-based organizations, parliamentarians, and youth, academic, professional and private-sector organizations.

Publications: 

See the website

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Keywords: 
health
climate change
disasters
transport
technology
law
reconstruction
land & landuse
standards
indigenous peoples
human settlements
public awareness
conservation
agenda 21
GIS & remote sensing
capacity building
information systems
poverty
energy
economic instruments
gender
education
population
water & sanitation
waste