Cities in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen have undergone significant damage to housing, livelihoods urban infrastructure, and cultural heritage sites, coupled with a lack of sufficient efforts directed at mid and long-term recovery and reconstruction. In Iraq, 8.7 million people are in rapid need for assistance while in Libya around 1.6 million are directly affected by the mass destruction of which 1.1 million are in need for humanitarian assistance. The prolonged crisis in Syria has left 13.1 million in November 2017- of which more than half are females- requiring humanitarian assistance. As of December 2017, conflict in Yemen has left 22.2 million people in need- representing more than 75% of the population- where almost half of them is in acute need scattered around the cities of Yemen.

UN-Habitat’s Urban Crisis Recovery and Reconstruction programme aims to support those countries in the process of sustainable and resilient urban recovery focusing on long-term development and building back better rather than only humanitarian assistance.

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Leaving no one and no place behind

Hover over or click the icons to learn about UN-Habitat's work on social inclusion here.

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UN-Habitat collects sex disaggregated data on the impacts of conflict and the assessment of recovery needs.  This ensures that objectives and interventions are targeting women and promoting gender equality in several areas including: Development of housing strategies for reconstruction and recovery; Promoting housing land and property rights restitution and protection; Promotion of decent work and livelihood opportunities.

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UN-Habitat gathers disaggregated data per gender, ability and age considerations, in addition to other socio-economic parameters.  This allows for ensuring that objectives and interventions are empowering youth, promoting youth participation and responding to their needs in several areas including: vocational trainings on reconstruction; Promotion of decent work and livelihood opportunities; community engagement and active participation in peacebuilding.

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Sustainable urban development can only be achieved if persons with disabilities are included meaningfully in decision-making and are able to access their rights. UN-Habitat partners with representative groups and individual rights holders, as well as national and local governments, relevant UN bodies and civil society to maximize impact and to meaningfully ensure that the rights including accessibility and universal design of persons with disabilities are promoted, respected and protected. 

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Donors and partners

UN-Habitat relies greatly on partnerships to develop and implement work at the regional, national and local levels. UN-Habitat leads an extensive network of partnerships with regional UN agencies, IGOs and NGOs to ensure complementarity and synergy in the field of urban development. Under the Urban Profiling programme funded by the United Nations Development Account, UN-Habitat works closely with UN-ESCWA in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen and in partnership with national and local authorities in the four countries to ensure successful implementation of the programme.