About Us

UN-Habitat at a glance

UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future
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History, mandate & role in the UN system

UN-Habitat is mandated to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities.

Goals & strategies of UN-Habitat

UN-Habitat's strategic plan and its seven focus areas

Our Executive Director

Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat Dr. Joan Clos is the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), at the level of Under Secretary General by the United Nations General Assembly. He has held this office since October 2010. Born in Barcelona on 29 June 1949, he is a medical doctor […]

Our Donors

UN-Habitat’s is mainly supported financially by voluntary contributions from governments and inter-governmental donors
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Join us

To strengthen its dynamic and expert team around the world, UN-Habitat is constantly on the lookout for talented and motivated people

Our Structure: Overview

UN-Habitat is structured in three main bodies:  the Governing Council (GC), whose role is to set the major strategic and policy directions for UN-Habitat and approve its programmes and budget. It is composed of 58 member states that are elected by the UN General Assembly’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The Governing Council meets every two years. the UN-Habitat […]

Our Secretariat

The UN-Habitat Secretariat is the executive organ of UN-Habitat, in charge of coordinating the programme. It designs, implements, manages and monitors UN-Habitat’s urban initiatives and human settlements development projects, and provides the Governing Council with strategic recommendations. It is also mandated to carry out research activities and to facilitate the exchange of information, knowledge and […]
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Governing Council

The Governing Council serves as the intergovernmental decision-making body of UN-Habitat

Committee of Permanent Representatives

The Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) serves as the Governing Council’s permanent inter-sessional subsidiary organ to address issues arising between the biennial Governing Council meetings. The CPR’s main functions are as follows: To review and monitor, within the policy and budgetary framework provided by the Governing Council, the implementation of the work programme of UN-Habitat, […]

The UN-Habitat Secretariat

The UN-Habitat Secretariat is the executive organ of UN-Habitat. It services the Governing Council and acts as the focal point for all human settlement matters within the United Nations system. Under the direction of the Executive Director, it is entrusted with the responsibilities set out in both Resolution 32/162 and in paragraph 228 of the […]

Our Partners

Habitat Agenda Partners are a range of organizations in the pursuit of sustainable urbanization and human settlements development

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