UN-Habitat

solid-waste management plant

Residents of the Hlaing Thar Yar township and surrounding areas hope a UN-Habitat solid waste management project will prevent deadly fires by lower methane emissions.

A woman looks out her window.

Building materials and the construction sector accounts for 11 per cent of annual carbon dioxide emissions. A UN-Habitat project shows how a construction project can help achieve a carbon-free world.

Temporary housing in arid place

UN-Habitat renews its commitment to furthering the implementation of the SDGs by offering governments practical expertise in urban internal displacement contexts and in durable solutions.

A digital rendering of a community place

Engaging women and girls to develop safe, inclusive, and accessible public spaces is one of the core principles of UN-Habitat’s global commitment to building better and more resilient cities.

Rubble at the foot of stairs in between buildings.

According to a UN-Habitat assessment one year after the Beirut Port explosion, 130 of 175 buildings within two kilometres of the explosion’s epicentre have been rehabilitated.

drone shot of city

UN-Habitat has launched a new campaign to inspire action in urban areas to prevent climate change and adjust to its ongoing or anticipated impact.

A man and a woman hold up an award on stage.

UN-Habitat is calling for nominations for the Scroll of Honour award. The award recognizes individuals and institutions which have made outstanding contributions to urban development.

girl with city in the background

UN-Habitat helped launch Her City Toolbox, – an open-source digital platform that guides urban actors and decision makers in strengthening girls' participation in urban planning and design processes.

boys at computer screen

Young people in Khan Younis city in the Gaza Strip used the popular computer game Minecraft to design inclusive public spaces that are safe for women.

Man holding up a pledge.

UN-Habitat and Kenyan international footballer, Victor Wanyama, work together to support community development particularly for women and youth in the country’s informal settlements.

The Climate Smart Cities Challenge is making an open call to city governments to join a competition that aims to stimulate and scale innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in cities, while creating other social benefits.

What makes a home? In search of an answer, the critically acclaimed documentary, The Human Shelter‚ brings its viewers on an inspirational expedition around the globe, to people who live in extreme social, economic and environmental conditions and present their testimonies.

Children play in a community playground.

The impact of COVID-19 has re-shaped urban life around the world. Local communities have played a key role in contributing to keeping people safe and maintaining some economic activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. UN-Habitat’s latest World Cities Report reinforces the benefits of cities that engage all stakeholders, including local communities to foster sustainable cities. 31 October was designated as World Cities Day to address challenges of urbanization and contribute to sustainable urban development around the world. Collectively, we can truly foster sustainable cities for all.