Research and Publications
We publish research on the latest findings on sustainable urbanization.
A new focus for UN-Habitat
UN-Habitat promotes transformative change in cities and human settlements through knowledge, policy advice, technical assistance and collaborative action to leave no one and no place behind.
Reduced spatial inequality and poverty in communities across the urban-rural continuum
Enhanced shared prosperity for cities and regions
Strengthened climate action and improved urban environment
Effective urban crises prevention and response
We support countries to improve living conditions for all through sustainable urbanization. UN-Habitat’s work is anchored on scientific data, rigorous research and analysis.
people benefited from improved water service delivery, through strengthened capacity under the Global Water Operators’ Partnership Alliance. (2014-2019)
slum dwellers worldwide benefit from UN-Habitat's Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme
Over 2 million
people benefited from sustainable urban reconstruction in post-crisis situations and protracted conflict environments. (2014-2019)
of the world’s population live in cities or urban centers. Urban areas play an increasingly critical role in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals
people will be added to the urban population worldwide between 2010 and 2050
of global GDP is from cities. Urban areas are powerhouses of economic growth and function as catalysts for inclusion and innovation