Five flagship programmes for a decade of action on the sustainable development goals

The UN-Habitat Strategic Plan 2020-2023 includes four domains of change that guide all activities of the organization: 1) Reduced spatial inequality and poverty in communities across the urban-rural continuum; 2) Enhanced shared prosperity of cities and regions; 3) Strengthened climate action and improved urban environment; and 4) Effective urban crisis prevention and response.

Five global flagship programmes catalyse the implementation of the Strategic Plan building on past and ongoing initiatives of UN-Habitat. They achieve coherence and realize synergies between initiatives, by facilitating the cross-fertilisation of ideas, experiences and lessons. They enable the establishment of long-term partnerships with national and local governments and other stakeholders. They enhance the integration of sustainable urbanization issues and strengthen the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals. They integrate the social inclusion dimensions identified in the Strategic Plan 2020-2023, notably human rights, gender, children, youth and older persons, and disability.

Initiated by the Executive Director, the flagship programmes signal a paradigm shift in the way that UN-Habitat works and can help to bring about the transformative change in cities and human settlements that we need at this critical moment to leave no one behind.