UN Habitat

UN-HABITAT runs two major worldwide campaigns: the Global Campaign on Urban Governance, and the Global Campaign for Secure Tenure. Through these campaigns and by other means, the agency focuses on a range of issues and special projects which it helps implement. These include a joint UN-HABITAT/World Bank slum upgrading initiative called the Cities Alliance, promoting effective housing development policies and strategies, helping develop and campaigning for housing rights, promoting sustainable cities and urban environmental planning and management, post-conflict land-management and reconstruction in countries devastated by war or natural disasters. Others take in water and sanitation and solid waste management for towns and cities, training and capacity building for local leaders, ensuring that women's rights and gender issues are brought into urban development and management policies, helping fight crime through UN-HABITAT's Safer Cities Programme, research and monitoring of urban economic development, employment, poverty reduction, municipal and housing finance systems, and urban investment. It also helps strengthen rural-urban linkages, and infrastructure development and public service delivery. UN-HABITAT also has some 154 technical programmes and projects in 61 countries around the world, most of them in the least developed countries. These include major projects in post-war societies such as Afghanistan, Kosovo, Somalia, Iraq, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, to name a few. The agency's operational activities help governments create policies and strategies aimed at strengthening a self-reliant management capacity at both national and local levels. They focus on promoting shelter for all, improving urban governance, reducing urban poverty, improving the living environment and managing disaster mitigation and post-conflict rehabilitation.

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is 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 main documents outlining the mandate of the organization are the Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements, Habitat Agenda, Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements, the Declaration on Cities and Other Human Settlements in the New Millennium, and Resolution 56/206.

  • Civil Society
  • Community Conflict Resolution
  • Employment Generation
  • Financial Transparency and Accountability
  • Gender
  • Good Offices and Peace Support
  • Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Assistance
  • Humanitarian Protection
  • Judicial and Legal Reform
  • Local Governance
  • Media
  • Physical Infrastructure and Reconstruction
  • Public Administration and Government Strengthening

Community Conflict Resolution

Applying the Sustainable Relief and Recovery Approach. Local and national Land and Property Restitution mechanisms. Linking environmental concerns to local reconstruction strategies. Ensuring a gender approach in community driven relief and recovery.
  • Capacity and development training
  • Financial support
  • Policy advice
  • Project support services
  • Research and policy development
  • Technical assistance
Description of activities
Capacity building of central and local governments, community groups, NGOs and CBOs / Global.
Protection, Emergency Shelter and Early Recovery assistance activities / Global.
Funding technical assistance projects and advisory services / Global.
Housing, Land and Property (rights,restitution) Inclusive human settlements planning Disaster Risk Reduction Building technology Global Land Tenure Network / Global.
Only as part of own technical assistance projects / Global
Sustainable Recovery and Reconstruction, Housing, Land and Property Restitution, Gender, Releif and Recovery Housing Rights Legislation / Global
Protection, Emergency Shelter and Early Recovery assistance activities / Global.

Humanitarian Assistance

Bringing in an expertise on housing, land and property issues, which are frequently a cause of conflicts, is critical in post conflict and disaster situations, where displacement occurs. As well, bringing in longer-term recovery perspective can guide humanitarian assistance to address some of the root causes of the conflicts and vulnerability.
  • Policy advice
  • Technical assistance
Description of activities
Providing policy advisory support to national and local governments and other agencies at the earliest stage of emergency on leveraging efforts and resources so that the emergency relief phase is connected to the recovery phase. Providing expertise on housing, land and property issues to ensure that these issues would not create secondary conflicts / Global.
Providing technical assistance at the earliest stage of emergency on leveraging efforts and resources so that the emergency relief phase is connected to the recovery phase. Providing expertise on housing, land and property issues to ensure that these issues would not create secondary conflicts / Global.

Public Administration and Government Strengthening

Peacebuilding through effective land and property administration in post-conflict situations. Social integration through urban planning and governance.
  • Capacity and development training
  • Policy advice
  • Technical assistance
Description of activities
Training and on-the-job coaching to relevant Ministries and local governments / Global.
Policy advice on urban governance and reconstruction planning to relevant Ministries and local governments / Global.
Urban governance and municipal spatial planning as a tool for social integration and peace building/ Global, Kosovo.

Burundi

Types of activity: 
Technical assistance
Policy advice

Burundi

Types of activity: 
Technical assistance
Policy advice
UN Habitat
Chemin de Balexert 7
Châtelaine, Geneva CH-1219
United Nations
Nairobi, Kenya
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Chemin de Balexert 7
Châtelaine, Geneva CH-1219
Liaison Office

The Office represents UN-HABITAT in Geneva and carries out liaison and representation functions within the UN Secretariat, UN organizations, the Red Cross Movement and major NGOs located in Geneva. Further, the Office carries out liaison functions and information activities with Habitat partners located or represented in Geneva, the European Union and the Swiss Authorities. As part of its key functions, the Office represent UN-HABITAT in the standing or ad-hoc inter-governmental bodies, meetings, and conferences organized by UN organizations and agencies based in Geneva, the ECE Committee on Human Settlements in and the UNOG, and advise UN-HABITAT on policy developments, trends and decisions taken by those bodies. Another key function is the liaison with the Permanent Missions accredited to the United Nations Office in Geneva. While carrying responsibilities of promoting the UN Habitat Agenda with partners, agencies and movements, the Office advocates UN-HABITAT key policies and provides policy and technical guidance to the humanitarian community in Geneva. The Office has an important function in the collaboration with the humanitarian community in Geneva for the disaster risk reduction and in the timely coordination of disaster responses to the growing number of natural and complex emergencies.

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Mr
Abdalla Abbas
Director, a.i.
Gert Ludeking
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Network

Global Land Tool Network (GLTN)

Type: 
NGO
Description: 

Land and property issues can be a major underlying cause of conflicts, and a failure to adequately address these issues can lead to secondary conflicts. In post-conflict situations, there is a breakdown of support systems and the exacerbation of land theft and invasion, in addition to newer threats to security of tenure. The Global Land Tool Network is considering how land tools, specific to post-conflict situations, can work without the assumed land agencies or guarantees. It is in the process of developing UN wide guidelines that recognises the specific land challenges faced by post-conflict, reconstruction or transition States and the modified land tools that can be workable in such context.

Without name

Type: 
NGO
Description: 

A forum of UN and other agencies for coordination of humanitarian assistance.