What we do

What we do

UN-Habitat supports countries to implement the urban dimensions of the sustainable development agenda to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. We focus on four main domains of change: 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; and effective urban crises prevention and response.

To promote transformative change in cities and human settlements, UN-Habitat provides cutting-edge knowledge, policy advice, technical norms as well as practices and standards and advocates for political discussion, innovation and collaborative action so that we can help achieve our vision of a better quality of life for all in an urbanizing world.

Where we work

UN-Habitat Global Presence
UN-Habitat Global Presence

Where we work

For forty years, UN-Habitat has been working in human settlements throughout the world, focusing on building inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable villages, towns, and cities of all sizes with the aim of improving the quality of life for all in an urbanizing world.

In the past six years, UN-Habitat has been active in over 90 countries around the world. The organization coordinates its work from its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, and from four regional offices, in Latin America and the Caribbean in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Asia and the Pacific in Fukuoka, Japan, Arab States in Cairo, Egypt, and Regional Africa also based in Nairobi, Kenya. UN-Habitat also has several liaison and information offices around the world.

Who funds us

Who funds us

UN-Habitat relies almost entirely on voluntary contributions from governments, local authorities, multi-donor trust funds, intergovernmental institutions, private sector and civil society.

Almost 80% of UN-Habitat’s annual income of around US$ 200 million comes from national governments. Around 70% of this income is used for country programmes while 30% goes to global normative work to develop evidence-based policies, knowledge and tools, to build capacity, and to advocate for the design, planning and management of sustainable towns and cities.

Funding sources in 2018 (million USD)
Funding sources in 2018 (million USD)