United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

Programme des Nations Unies pour les établissements humains (ONU-Habitat)

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12 Oct 1978, with the title United Nations Centre for Human Settlements - UNCHS (Habitat) -- Centre des Nations Unies pour les établissements humains (CNUEH) -- Centro de las Naciones Unidas para los Asentamientos Humanos (CNUAH), absorbing the former H-XH0133 - United Nations Centre for Housing, Building and Planning (CHBP). Set up under resolution 32/162 of the General Assembly of A-XA3375 - United Nations (UN), in the framework of F-XF1000 - United Nations System, following recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements - Habitat I - 1976, Vancouver BC (Canada). At 2nd conference, Habitat II, 1996, Istanbul (Turkey), progress was assessed and new goals set, with "Habitat Agenda" containing over 100 commitments and 600 recommendations, adopted by 171 countries. Upgraded under current title, 21 Dec 2001, under resolution 56/206, so as to strengthen the role and status of the Centre and its governing body. Also referred to as United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT).


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Governing Council (meets every 2 years), composed of 58 member states representing 5 regional groups: African States (16); Western European and other States (13); Latin American and Caribbean States (10); Asia-Pacific States (13); Eastern European States (6). Members are elected by ECOSOC for a 4-year term. Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) serves as permanent inter-sessional subsidiary organ, with membership open to all permanent representatives of UN member states accredited to UN-Habitat. Secretariat acts as executive organ and is composed of offices, branches (thematic organizational units) and regional offices. Offices: Executive Director (OED); Project (PO); Management (OM); External Relations (ER). Branches (7): Urban Legislation, Land and Governance (ULLGB); Urban Planning and Design (UPDB); Urban Economy (UEB); Urban Basic Services (UBSB); Housing and Slum Upgrading (HSUB); Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation (RRRB); Urban Research and Capacity Development (URCDB). Headquarters located in Nairobi (Kenya). Regional Offices: Africa (ROAF); Asia and the Pacific (ROAP); Arab States (ROAS); Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC); Brussels Liaison; Geneva Liaison; New York Liaison; Beijing Information.


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