A new focus for UN-Habitat
UN-Habitat promotes transformative change in cities and human settlements through knowledge, policy advice, technical assistance and collaborative action to leave no one and no place behind.
Reduced spatial inequality and poverty in communities across the urban-rural continuum
Enhanced shared prosperity for cities and regions
Strengthened climate action and improved urban environment
Effective urban crises prevention and response
We support countries to improve living conditions for all through sustainable urbanization. UN-Habitat’s work is anchored on scientific data, rigorous research and analysis.
people are benefiting from improved access to water and sanitation
slum dwellers have been positively impacted by participatory slum upgrading interventions
are enjoying safety and access to 40 public spaces upgraded in 12 countries in the last two years
** Any reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, is to be understood in full compliance with Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.
of the world’s population live in cities or urban centers. Urban areas play an increasingly critical role in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals
people will be added to the urban population worldwide between 2010 and 2050
of global GDP is from cities. Urban areas are powerhouses of economic growth and function as catalysts for inclusion and innovation
We publish research on the latest findings on sustainable urbanization.
The New Urban Agenda
The New Urban Agenda represents a shared vision for a better and more sustainable future
– one in which all people have equal rights and access to the benefits and opportunities that cities can offer, and in which the international community reconsiders the urban systems and physical form of our urban spaces to achieve this. UN-Habitat is the focal point on sustainable urbanization and human settlements in the United Nations system and plays an important role in implementing the New Urban Agenda.