This report describes UN-HABITAT’s operational activities in single-page sketches each devoted to an on-going project or programme. These reference sheets include the total project or programme cost, partner institutions, background objectives, activities and results. The report is divided into six sections. The first covers global and interregional programmes and projects, followed by five sections describing UN-HABITAT’s operational activities in each region – Africa, the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe.
The operational activities of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) focus on supporting governments in the formulation of policies and strategies to create and strengthen a self-reliant management capacity at both national and local levels. Technical and managerial expertise is provided for the assessment of human settlements development constraints and opportunities, the identification and analysis of policy options, the design and implementation of housing and urban development projects, and the mobilisation of national resources as well as external support for improving the condition of human settlements. This national capacity-building process involves not only central government institutions, but also stakeholders such as community-based and Non- Governmental Organisations, universities and research institutions, as well as local governments and municipalities. Emphasis is also being placed on strengthening the monitoring capacities of governments in human settlement management.