Deserted mud-brick village, Kharanaq, Yazd province, Iran © Shutterstock

  • Total value of UN-Habitat investments (2008-2013): US$ 2,491,005
  • Total number of UN-Habitat projects (2008-2013): 1 project
  • Main donors: the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran

UN-Habitat Tehran Office was established in April 2007 following an agreement between the Islamic Republic of Iran and UN-Habitat. UN-Habitat’s programmes in the I.R. of Iran are designed to help policy-makers and local communities get to grips with the human settlements and urban issues and find workable, lasting solutions.

General information

UN-Habitat Tehran office supports Government, civil society and other Habitat Agenda Partners in adopting enabling legislation and established systems for improved access to land, and developing and improving effective decentralized governance, Wash, urban economy and urban safety that foster sustainable urban development.

UN-Habitat pursues the mandate outlined in the agreement with the I.R. of Iran:

  • To contribute towards capacity building in the themes of sustainable urban development through policy development, institutional implementation and improvement of required skills
  • To facilitate the mobilization of financial resources for the development and implementation of sustainable urban development programmes
  • To backstop the development and implementation of activities related to promoting urban sustainable development
  • To promote interaction between public, private and civil institutions aiming at widening the cooperation for the sustainable development of human settlements
  • To promote development of preparedness to various vulnerabilities related to various aspects of urban sustainable development
UN-Habitat projects in the I.R. of Iran

Areas of intervention and primary partners:

  • Natural Disasters – ISDR, NDMO, TDMMO, UNDP, ECO
  • Complex Emergencies – ECO, UNDP, UNHCR
  • Security in Human Settlements – OCHA, UNODC

Thematic areas of focus:

  • Assessment and risk reduction
  • Shelter and reconstruction
  • Land and property
  • Displaced populations
  • Vulnerability reduction


a) Letter of Intent (LoI) with MoRUD for joint activities signed in 2012:

  • Urban Profile, Housing Profile and Land Adjustment Initiatives
  • Regional Slum Upgrading Working Group of the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD)
  • Guidelines/Documentation and dissemination of best practices

b) Memorandum with MoE/SRO for joint activities:

  • Technical consultancy and cooperation for State Organization of School Renovation, Development and Mobilization
  • Promote sustainable capacity building in the area of “Safer Schools” Implementation of retrofitting and rehabilitation projects

c) Memorandum with MoH/TUMs for joint activities signed in 2011:

  • Cooperation with Ministry of Health to enhance the seismic resistance of the existing health facilities
  • Assessment of 30 Primary health care centers in Tehran

d) Memorandum with ECO secretariat for joint activities signed in 2012:

  • Report of the State of the ECO-region Cities: Urban Resilience and Cities at Risk (2015)
  • Seismic Feasibility Studies for Public buildings in ECO region

Capacity Building

UN-Habitat developed a concept note for planning capacity development at national level. The note has been submitted to the government.


UN-Habitat Tehran Office
8 Shahrzad Blvd
Tehran 1948773911
Islamic Republic of Iran
Tel: +98-21-2286 0691-4, 2286 0925-8 (Ext:152-157)
Fax: +98-21-2286 0691 (Ext:179)

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