United Nations Human Settlements Programme
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.
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.
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.
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