The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.
UN-HABITAT plays an important role in providing technical assistance to countries and cities in the areas of governance, land and property rights, environmental management, disaster mitigation, post-conflict rehabilitation, urban safety, water management and poverty reduction. UN-HABITAT has over 150 technical programmes and projects working in normative and operational activities in over 60 countries. For more than 10 years, in support of the implementation of the Habitat Agenda, UN-HABITAT has been operating in humanitarian and crisis situations, supporting national governments, local authorities and civil society to strengthen their capacity to manage and recover from human-made and natural disasters and mitigate future disasters.
The cornerstone of UN-HABITAT's strategy is sustainable relief and recovery leveraging investments in the emergency and recovery phases into the longer-term development of human settlements. Through participation at the earliest stages, UN-HABITAT ensures that human settlements interventions, either immediate emergency or transition recovery, are linked to longer-term development strategies in disaster hit countries. In recognition of its contribution, in April 2004 UN-HABITAT was invited to bring to the Executive Committee for Humanitarian Affairs (ECHA) its perspectives and support to international interventions within the context of shelter and human settlements.
In 2008 UN-HABITAT has been formally made a member of the International Agency Standing Committee (IASC) as the global focal point for housing, land and property rights. UN-HABITAT Pakistan has a strength of over 500 national and international staff and has offices in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Quetta and Mardan. In addition to these locations, UN-HABITAT maintains 12 field offices throughout Khyber Pukhtunkhwah, Baluchistan, Sindh and Punjab. UN-HABITAT Pakistan has extensive experiences, expertise and human resources in the fields of housing, community infrastructure, urban development, disaster risk management and Geographic Information Management.The field operations of UN-HABITAT are based on community led development, in which affected populations take charge of their recovery, rehabilitation and development.