UN-HABITAT (United Nations Human Settlements Programme)

UN-HABITAT profile

  • Overview

    UN-Habitat, the United Nations agency for human settlements, helps the urban poor by transforming cities into safer, healthier, greener places with better opportunities where everyone can live in dignity. UN-Habitat works with organizations at every level, including all spheres of government, civil society and the private sector to help build, manage, plan and finance sustainable urban development. Our vision is cities without slums that are livable places for all, which do not pollute the environment or deplete natural resources. At the dawn of a new urban era, with most of humanity now living in cities, UN-Habitat is at the frontline of the battle against fast growing urban poverty and the scourge of climate change that is caused by poorly planned urbanisation and threatens the lives and livelihoods of entire cities and communities. As the United Nations gateway for cities, UN-Habitat is constantly improving its focus and responsiveness to the aspirations of cities and their residents.

    Preferences in private sector partnership

    UN-Habitat’s alliances with the business community can take many forms: programmatic alliances, advocacy, fundraising support or in-kind contributions.

    UN-Habitat gives special attention to some industry sectors working in the area of shelter and basic services and contributing to improving the lives of slum dwellers: construction, services and infrastructures, real estate, finance, energy and communication. Special focus is on the reduction of urban poverty and response to natural and human-made disasters.

    Headquartered in Nairobi Kenya, UN-Habitat operates through Regional Offices for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in Fukuoka, Japan, and Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) based in Rio de Janeiro. It also has a presence in 35 countries through Habitat Programme Managers based in developing countries around the world. UN-Habitat has 95 technical programmes and projects under execution in 60 countries around the world, the majority of them in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). As a direct response to demands from governments, the agency’s technical cooperation activities have grown significantly over the last decade.

    UN-Habitat also focusses on ADVOCACY AND POLICY DIALOGUE through:

    • The Habitat Business FORUM: an international Forum on better cities dedicated to the private sector that provides a new platform to debate urban challenges and solutions and present best practices and innovation for sustainable cities.
    • The Habitat Business AWARD: that aims to recognize and publicize outstanding private sector achievements contributing to sustainable urbanization.
    Further guidelines
    1. UN-Habitat Guidelines for Working With the Business Community
    Preferred partnership types

    Advocacy of global issues; Business opportunities in low income communities/countries ; Provision of services / personnel; Standards and guidelines development

    Sustainable Development Goals

    1. No poverty; 6. Clean water and sanitation; 7. Affordable and clean energy; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 13. Climate action; 14. Life below water; 15. Life on land; 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

    Issue areas

    Biodiversity; Climate Change; Energy; Human Rights; Peace; Poverty; Principle 7; Principle 8; Principle 9; Water and Sanitation

    Regions / countries / territories

    Africa: 51 countries (click to show)
    Angola; Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Canary Islands; Cape Verde; Central African Republic; Chad; Comoros; Congo; Congo (Democratic Republic of the); Cote d'Ivoire; Djibouti; Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Mauritania; Mauritius; Mozambique; Namibia; Niger; Nigeria; Rwanda; Saint Helena; Sao Tome and Principe; Senegal; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Africa; Sudan; Swaziland; Togo; Uganda; United Republic of Tanzania; Western Sahara; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    Americas: 47 countries (click to show)
    Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Aruba; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; Bolivia; Brazil; Canada; Cayman Islands; Chile; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Easter Island (Chile); Ecuador; El Salvador; French Guiana; Galapagos Islands (Ecuador); Greenland; Grenada; Guatemala; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Jamaica; Martinique; Mexico; Montserrat; Nicaragua; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Islands; United States; Uruguay; Venezuela
    Asia: 34 countries (click to show)
    Afghanistan; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; China; Cyprus; Democratic People's Republic of Korea; Georgia; India; Indonesia; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Maldives; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Philippines; Republic of Korea; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Tajikistan; Thailand; Timor Leste; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan; Vietnam
    Europe: 6 countries (click to show)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina; Croatia; Montenegro; Russian Federation; Serbia; Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (Norway)
    Middle East: 19 countries (click to show)
    Algeria; Bahrain; Egypt; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Libyan Arab Jamahiriya; Morocco; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; State of Palestine; Syrian Arab Republic; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates; Yemen
    Oceania: 26 countries (click to show)
    American Samoa; Australia; Cook Islands; Fiji; French Polynesia; Guam; Heard and McDonald Islands; Kiribati; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Nauru; New Caledonia; New Zealand; Niue; Norfolk Island; Northern Mariana Islands; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Pitcairn; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tokelau; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu; Wallis and Futuna Islands

    Type(s) of services / business sectors

    Banks; Construction & Materials; Financial Services; Industrial Goods & Services; Industrial Goods & Services - Support Services; Insurance; Other; Real Estate; Utilities

    Goods categories

    Environmental; Shelter & construction; Transportation