In 2021, conflict, pandemic and climate emergencies continued to shape the challenges faced by human settlements. UN-Habitat was able to strengthen its efforts to help Member States to respond to new vulnerabilities and risks. Our normative guidance combined with demonstrated projects succeeded in creating conducive conditions for sustainable and inclusive recovery and resilience at the local level.
Working with a network of over 1,400 cities representing more than one billion citizens, UN-Habitat was able to convince city managers and community leaders to embrace the notion of public health by rethinking public space and improving access to basic services. Over five million slum dwellers gained access to basic services directly through UN-Habitat’s global strategic policy interventions.