The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. Mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1978 to address the issues of urban growth, it is a knowledgeable institution on urban development processes, and understands the aspirations of cities and their residents.

UN-Habitat undertakes cutting edge research on urban trends, with the resulting flagship reports being authoritative and highly regarded within the urban development community. Through its global advocacy platforms such as the World Urban Campaign (WUC), and events, such as the World Urban Forum (WUF), UN-Habitat also establishes think tanks and networks that enable governments, experts, civil society groups, multilateral organizations, private sector, and all other development partners to jointly address present and future urban predicaments.

UN-Habitat is currently active in over 70 countries around the world. With 400 core staff and up to 2,000 project personnel at any given time, UN-Habitat manages all this work through its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as through four regional offices, one for Latin America and the Caribbean in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one for Asia and the Pacific in Fukuoka, Japan, one for the Arab States in Cairo, Egypt, and one for African States also based in Nairobi, Kenya.

UN-Habitat also has several liaison and information offices around the world whose task is to create and maintain links with key governments and other multilateral organizations or development agencies. UN-Habitat’s work also depends on close partnerships with national and local governments, helping authorities and institutions to identify and address their specific needs.

UN Habitat’s programmes and projects in Egypt are managed through its Regional Office for Arab States based in Cairo.

For more information about UN Habitat, please check http://unhabitat.org/.