The Office for Liaison with European Institutions was established in 2001, with the aim to provide added value to the overall work of UN-Habitat in its relations with European Union institutions and the Secretariat of the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP). The Office was also tasked to liaise with the network of Permanent Representations, the Government of Belgium, the Northern European bilateral donors, and other international institutions (civil society organizations, media networks and think tanks).
Roles and main tasks of the office The Office for Liaison with European Institutions focuses on conducting policy dialogue, building partnerships, mobilizing resources and supporting operational activities within the region. It supports the implementation of UN-Habitat’s mandate and vision through representation, advocacy and policy dialogue with European institutions and other partners.
The presence of the Office in Brussels allows for a smoother relationship and cross-fertilization between European partners and UN-Habitat country-specific and theme-specific departments. Among other activities, the Office regularly organizes policy debates and information events in Brussels, and contributes to policy papers. The European Commission is also one of the main donors of UN-Habitat. The Liaison Office plays a role in assisting UN-Habitat headquarters and regional offices in identifying the priorities of European partners, developing new projects, and backstopping EU-funded programmes.
In view of the upcoming Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) which was held in 2016, the Office plays a substantial role in supporting the European preparatory process.
Office for Liaison with European Institutions
Boulevard du Régent 37, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium