UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. UN-Habitat is mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1978 to address the issues of urban growth, it is a knowledgeable institution on urban development processes, and understands the aspirations of cities and their residents.
UN-Habitat is currently active in over 70 countries around the world. It has a wide range of diverse projects, such as post-disaster reconstruction programmes in Haiti, addressing slum growth and housing problems in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and supporting the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States to develop land policy guidelines.
With 400 core staff and up to 2,000 project personnel at any given time, UN-Habitat manages all this work through its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as through four regional offices, one for Latin America and the Caribbean in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one for Asia and the Pacific in Fukuoka, Japan, one for the Arab States in Cairo, Egypt, and one for African States also based in Nairobi, Kenya.
UN-Habitat also has several liaison and information offices around the world whose task is to create and maintain links with key governments and other multilateral organizations or development agencies. UN-Habitat’s work also depends on close partnerships with national and local governments, helping authorities and institutions to identify and address their specific needs.
The UN-Habitat’s priorities are focused on seven areas:
Urban Legislation, Land and Governance
Urban Planning and Design
Urban Basic Services
Housing and Slum Upgrading
Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation
Urban Research and Capacity Development
Most UN-Habitat funding comes from voluntary contributions from governmental and intergovernmental donors, while UN member states provide the regular budget. Other UN bodies, local authorities, the private sector, and multilateral organizations provide funds for specific projects.
World Urban Campaign - The World Urban Campaign is UN-Habitat’s partners’ platform preparing for the Habitat III conference.
Post 2015 Agenda - The UN is working with governments, civil society, and other partners to build on the momentum generated by the MDGs and carry on with an ambitious post-2015 development agenda.
Habitat UNI - The University Network Initiative (UNI) is UN-Habitat’s network for partnerships with academia and researchers.
Global Network on Safer Cities - Equipping local authorities and urban stakeholders to deliver urban safety.
Cities and Climate Change Initiative - UN-Habitat's Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) seeks to enhance the preparedness and mitigation activities of cities in developing countries.
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