UN-Habitat’s priorities are focused on seven areas:


Urban Legislation, Land and Governance

Urban Legislation, Land and Governance provides policy and operational support to Governments and cities on urban legislation, land and governance issues. It supports the development of urban legislation and governance models that are gender-responsive and address land problems equitably, including by promoting international guidelines on decentralization, the strengthening of local authorities, and advocating access to […]

Urban Planning and Design

Urban planning and design area supports Governments and cities with tested approaches, guidelines and tools to support urban growth and improved sustainability, efficiency and equity through planning and design at all levels and scales. Efforts are focused on ensuring that planning and designing contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Within the context of multilevel […]

Urban Economy

Urban economy is focused on promoting urban strategies and policies that strengthen the capacity of cities to realize their full potential as drivers of economic development, and of wealth and employment creation. Special attention is paid to the formulation and implementation of urban strategies and policies that promote and boost the participation of both men […]

Urban Basic Services

Urban basic services emphasis is placed on strengthening policies and institutional frameworks for expanding equitable access to urban basic services, especially for the poor. Policy and technical support is provided to partner countries and local authorities in the areas of water and sanitation, urban waste management, urban mobility and urban energy.

Housing and Slum Upgrading

The Global Housing Strategy, mandated by Governing Council resolution 23/16, guides the programmatic work for Housing and Slum Upgrading area. It assists member States to analyze their housing policies and formulate housing strategies and interventions that are gender-responsive. The overall objective of Housing and Slum Upgrading area is to increase access to adequate housing, improve […]

Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation

Risk reduction and rehabilitation area involves reducing urban risk and responding to crises through its resilient cities and settlements recovery programmes. It focuses  on crisis-affected cities, offering disaster prevention and disaster response services. To ensure equitable access to programme benefits, efforts are made to create conditions that support the participation of women and other vulnerable […]

Urban Research and Capacity Development

Research and capacity development area monitors progress made towards the slum target of the Millennium Development Goals and the Habitat Agenda, and reports the results through its flagship reports and Urban Indicators Programme, which, where appropriate, include gender perspectives. Efforts are also directed towards supporting the production of local urban knowledge and the establishment of […]
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