Governing Council

Governing Council1 UN-Habitat’s work and relationships with its partners are periodically examined in detail by the Governing Council, which is subsidiary to the UN General Assembly and serves as the intergovernmental decision-making body of UN-Habitat. It reports to the General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council, and its main functions are as follows:

  • Setting UN-Habitat’s policies by developing and promoting policy objectives, priorities, and guidelines regarding existing and planned programmes of work in the field of human settlements;
  • Overseeing working relations with partners by closely following the activities of United Nations agencies and other international organizations in the field of human settlements, and proposing ways through which the overall human settlements policy objectives within the UN system might best be achieved;
  • Approving UN- Habitat’s biennial work programme and budget;

Rules of procedure of the Governing Council

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Member states

The Governing Council meets every 2 years and is composed of 58 member states, which represent 5 regional groups. Member states are elected by the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for a period of four years.

Membership of the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme as from 1 January 2017 (58 members)*

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African States (16)
Western European and other States (13)
Latin American and Caribbean States (10)
Asia-Pacific States (13)
Eastern European States (6)
* Terms of office expire on 31 December of the years indicated. This information was provided by the Economic and Social Council. Governing Council sessions

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