United Nations Commission on Human Settlements (UNCHS)

Commission des Nations Unies pour les établissements humains
Comisión de las Naciones Unidas para los Asentamientos Humanos

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1977, by resolution 32/162 of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), under the aegis of United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), having previously existed as United Nations Committee on Housing, Building and Planning. Ceased to exist as UNHCD by UN General Assembly resolution 56/206, 21 Dec 2001, when transformed into the Governing Council of United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) - previously referred to as 'United Nations Centre for Human Settlements - UNCHS' - the Commission having acted as Governing Council of the Centre until that date.


Assist countries and regions in solving human settlements problems; promote greater international cooperation in this sector, together with a comprehensive approach to human settlements problems; achieve this by, inter alia, studying new issues, problems and solutions, supervising the operations of the United Nations Habitat and Human Settlements Foundation and providing overall direction to its secretariat, the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat).

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Provides overall policy guidance and sets priorities for the human settlements programme of the United Nations. Main concerns: adequate shelter for all, in accordance with the 'Global Strategy for Shelter to the Year 2000', adopted by UN General Assembly resolution 43/181, 20 Dec 1988; sustainable human settlements in an urbanizing world, a key theme of the Habitat II Conference. Also has a central role in promoting, evaluating and monitoring implementation of the Habitat Agenda within the framework of the United Nations System and advising ECOSOC on this. Work programme and working methods reviewed at Apr 1997 session, in accordance with UN General Assembly resolution 51/177, 16 Dec 1996, in order to involve representatives of local authorities, the private sector and NGOs. Instrumental in setting up: East African Resource Facility (EARF); Global Urban Observatory Network (GUONet); Network on Services for the Urban Poor; Sustainable Urban Development Network (SUD-Net); World Urban Forum (WUF).


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 5 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 4 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 58 countries
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Subjects *

  • Amenities
    • Settlements
  • International Relations
    • United Nations

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities



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