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Habitat Agenda Partners (HAP) are a range of organizations outside central government in the pursuit of sustainable urbanization and human settlements development. In an effort to continue working and learning together, UN-Habitat has established a number of thematic networks composed of a cross section of HAPs to allow partners to contribute to the design and implementation of normative and operational programmes at all levels.
The involvement of HAPs working in the field of sustainable urbanization and human settlements development is essential for the successful design and implementation of a new urban agenda, the post 2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. UN-Habitat strives to establish a set of strategic partnerships including political actors, civil society and professional organizations, and the private sector as advocates of sustainable urbanization at all levels, and as implementers and monitors of national urban policies and programmes.
UN-Habitat also fosters UN system-wide inter-agency coordination as a critical component of the partnership strategy in the belief that UN agencies within their mandates have responsibilities to respond to issues affecting urban and rural dwellers, as a result of rapid urbanization.
Following is a brief explanation on each category:
- Are able to reach segments of the population that are not usually targeted or needed by governments;
- Possess extensive knowledge of local conditions;
- Are recognised for their role in developing new initiatives, new programmes, new approaches and new mechanisms to address development problems and issues based on their local knowledge.
- Can help to disseminate and support the principles of local democracy and to spread Habitat Agenda, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and post 2015 development agenda concepts among civil society, can assist in the monitoring and reporting of development indicators, help formulate legislation and policy, provide feedback from civil society to other partners and maintain databases to connect skills within communities on partners’ needs.
How to become a Habitat Agenda Partner
First, Habitat Agenda Partners are organizations and not individuals.
Second, organizations interested in becoming Habitat Agenda Partners are required to submit the following details about their organization to confirm that the organization is a legal entity with established governance structure, and operational areas relevant to urbanization and human settlements development agenda.
This is the same information which is required of organizations seeking accreditation and organization working as implementing partners with legal agreements with UN-Habitat.
General Information Required:
- Name of Organization
- Contact (Name and title)
- Scope (National/Regional/International)
- Representatives (Names and titles)
- Purpose, objectives and summary of activities
- The purpose of the organization.
- Information on the programmes and activities of the organization in areas relevant to housing, urban development and urban settlements, with detailed information in the country (s) in which they are carried out. Habitat Agenda Partners seeking accreditation shall be asked to confirm their interest in the goals and objectives of the Habitat III and may need to provide additional documentation.
- Documented confirmation of the activities of the organization at the national, regional or international level.
- Copies of the annual or other reports of the organization with financial statements, and a list of financial sources and contributions, including contributions from Governments.
- A list of members of the governing body of the organization and their nationalities.
- A description of the membership of the organization, indicating the total number of members, the names of organizations that are members and their geographical distribution.
- A copy of the constitution and/or by-laws of the organization and a copy of the registration / incorporation of the entity as applicable.
Information on arrangements regarding accreditation of local authorities and other Habitat Agenda Partners to UN-Habitat Governing Council Sessions is available in UN-Habitat Governing Council Resolution 19/8 of 8 May 2003.
Furthermore, the UN-Habitat Governing Council Rules of Procedure adopted by the General Assembly in resolution A/RES/58/227 and contained in Resolution 19/1 an annex to A/58/8 Report of the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme Nineteenth Session 5-9 May 2003 provides information on different types of accreditation including organisations accredited to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Habitat II in 1996, and Istanbul +5 in 2001.
Background on UN-Habitat’s cooperation with Habitat Agenda Partners
It is widely acknowledged that the Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II), held in Istanbul, Turkey in June 1996, was organized as a “Conference of Partners” partly in recognition of the achievements of various actors in the field and to provide the fullest opportunity to all stakeholders to bring their experiences to the Conference.
It is also recognized fact that various actors within the civil society have found innovative and lasting solutions to problems faced by the poor, raised awareness, improved capacity at the community level and developed effective ways of increasing co-operation with local and central governments.
Equally important are political actors, think tankers, professional and business entities. As the Secretariat to the Habitat II Conference, UN-HABITAT broke new ground by involving local authorities, the private sector, professionals, academia and representatives of civil society to play an active role in the Conference and in formulating the Habitat Agenda.
As a legacy of the Habitat II Conference, partnerships and participation of Habitat Agenda Partners (HAPs) are key elements of implementation of the Habitat Agenda, the World Urban Forum, the World Urban Campaign, and the Habitat III preparatory process within the context of a new urban agenda.