The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, otherwise known as UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency responsible for human settlements. UN-Habitat is mandated to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities, with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.
UN-Habitat contributes to the overall objective of the United Nations system to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development. Its’ partners range from governments and local authorities to a wide international cross-section of Non-Governmental Organisations and civil society groups.
In accordance with its work programme, UN-Habitat’s operational activities are focused on the following:
- Promoting Shelter for all;
- Improving urban governance;
- Reducing urban poverty;
- Improving the living environment; and
- Managing disaster mitigation and post-conflict rehabilitation.
UN-Habitat is focused on supporting governments in the formulation of policies and strategies to both create and strengthen a self-reliant management capacity at both national and local levels. Technical and managerial expertise is provided for:
- The assessment of human settlement development constraints and opportunities;
- The identification and analysis of policy options;
- The design and implementation of housing and urban development projects;
- The mobilization of national resources; and
- External support for improving human settlement conditions.