A Host Country Agreement to establish an office of UN-Habitat in Tunisia was signed on 16 May 2017 between UN-Habitat and the Government of Tunisia.
Notwithstanding, the entry into force of the Agreement is pending its ratification by the Tunisian Parliament. UN-Habitat has in 2018 supported the municipality of Djerba Midoun in transforming an open Municipal land, that used to be a spot for juvenile delinquency and a waste deposit into a safe public space with recreational and meeting facilities that will enhance community cohesion, promote social interaction and inclusion as well as the well-being of the residents of the targeted area.
UN-Habitat is also supporting the Tunisian Government with the development of a National Urban Policy, a common vision guiding the sustainable growth and management of cities and promoting productive, inclusive and resilient urban development for the long term.
More than 𝟏𝟎𝟎𝟎 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐬 mainly 𝐯𝐮𝐥𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐩𝐬 (𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬 & 𝐦𝐢𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬) have benefited from Urban vegetable gardens under UN-Habitat Tunisia's Food Security project entitled "Unbutterflying the Effects of the Ukrainian-Russian War on the Food Security in Two Municipalities in Tunisia: Tunis & Marsa through food aid distribution in a transparent and inclusive process using digitalization and a web app that is developed to connect vulnerable populations with food.
In 2021, slightly over 2.4 million people in Tunisia were living in urban agglomerations with more than one million residents, constituting approximately 20 percent of the total population. From 2010 onwards, the population living in large urban areas in the country increased constantly.
With an urban population that accounts for 69 per cent of the total population and is growing by 1.5 per cent annually, Tunisia is one of the most urbanised countries in North Africa and the Arab region. The urban spread is located all along the coast, near large agglomerations such as Tunis and Sousse. This growth, mainly generated by the economic activities and job offers concentrated in these areas, is leaving the southern and western areas with less diverse economies behind. The disparity in standards of living and wellbeing is also clear between rural and urban areas and within urban zones. In terms of basic infrastructures, coverage is nearly total in coastal areas but still requires substantial investments in central and southern areas. Thus, the northern and western coasts have been the destination for rural-to-urban migration for decades, swelling the outlying areas around large cities and causing disproportionate land consumption. Since the 2011 revolution, these regional imbalances and inequalities of opportunity have intensified under the effect of the country’s economic slowdown and its devastating socioeconomic consequences.
"This initiative is great! It encourages the youth to be part of creating an urban vegetable garden that ensures food security for people especially in our current critical situation”
Siwar Arfaoui, a young Researcher in international law and Human Rights, who participated in planting an urban vegetable as part of UN-Habitat Tunisia's Food Security project
Donors and partners
UN Habitat identifies and mobilizes local authorities and NGOs to ensure the ownership of the actions implemented in the country, their success and sustainability. The recently inaugurated public space involved
UN Habitat engages also local communities in the design and upgrading of public space initiatives to ensure that their needs are well reflected.
UN-Habitat Projects in Tunisia
Sharing Opportunities for Low carbon Urban transportation (SOLUTIONS)
- Duration: July 2013 – July 2016
- Value: US$ 130,171
- Donor: Wuppertal Institut Fur Klima/ Umwelt/ Energie GMBH
- Implementing Partners: Mobili-T Tunisia