Human settlements

Human settlements

25 May 2022

The Secretary-General expressed his shock and sadness today over the heinous mass shooting that took place at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, saying it is particularly heart-wrenching that most of the victims are children.  He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims and to the entire community.

23 May 2022

For the first time on record, the number of forcibly displaced people around the world had topped 100 million, propelled by the war in Ukraine and other conflicts, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports. 

18 May 2022
DSG/SM/1746

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message to the opening ceremony of the Africa Trade and Investment Forum of the Africities Summit in Kisumu, Kenya, today:

17 May 2022
DSG/SM/1745

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message to the opening session of the Africities Summit in Kisumu, Kenya, today:

28 April 2022
DSG/SM/1733

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks at the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, in New York today:

26 April 2022
DSG/SM/1726

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message to the Economic and Social Council special meeting on Sustainable Urbanization and the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda, in New York on 21 April:

26 April 2022
DSG/SM/1730

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks at the second United Nations Round Table on Sustainable Floating Cities:  Meeting the Rising Seas with Floating Infrastructure, in New York, today:

21 April 2022
ECOSOC/7077

With more than half the world’s people living in cities and the fastest population growth projected to take place in urban settings, sustainable development will hinge on how countries manage urbanization, the Economic and Social Council President told delegates today, as he opened the special meeting on the New Urban Agenda amid calls for tackling the deep inequities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

20 January 2022
SG/A/2093*

Following the recommendation of the United Nations Secretary-General, after consultation with Member States, the General Assembly confirmed Maimunah Mohd Sharif of Malaysia as Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) for a further two years beginning 20 January 2022 and ending 19 January 2024.

3 November 2021
SG/SM/21002

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message for the launch of the Council on Urban Initiatives, “Advancing a Carbon-Neutral, Resilient Recovery for Cities and Nations”, held today:

4 October 2021

The Secretary-General spoke at the opening ceremony of the fifteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 15) in Barbados and repeated his call to donors and multilateral development banks to allocate at least 50 per cent of their climate support towards adaptation and resilience.

1 October 2021
SG/SM/20946

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Habitat Day, observed on 4 October:

2 December 2020
DSG/SM/1512

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme’s (UN-Habitat) Pledging Session, “Partner and Pledge for Sustainable Urbanization”, today:

5 October 2020
SG/SM/20308

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message to the Bridge for Cities 2020 event, held today:

29 September 2020
SG/SM/20295

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message on World Habitat Day, observed on 5 October:

2 October 2019
SG/SM/19790-HAB/250-OBV/1920

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message for the World Habitat Day, observed on 7 October:

27 May 2019
SG/SM/19600-HAB/249

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the first United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Assembly, in Nairobi today:

3 April 2019
DSG/SM/1269-ENV/DEV/1936-HAB/248

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the High-Level Round Table on Sustainable Floating Cities, in New York today:

25 July 2018
SG/A/1820-BIO/5110-HAB/247

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Victor Kisob of Cameroon as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).

17 July 2018
DSG/SM/1207-ENV/DEV/1872-HAB/246

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the 2018 High-Level Political Forum side event, “The SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals] in Action:  Working Together for Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable Cities and Settlements”, in New York today: