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United Nations Human Settlements Agency (UN-HABITAT)



The United Nations Human Settlements Agency (UN-HABITAT) 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. The overarching and long-term goal of UN-HABITAT is sustainable urbanization created by cities and regions that provides citizens with adequate services, security and employment opportunities while limiting their ecological footprint . 

The UN-HABITAT Governing Council (G22) adopted a resolution on Cities and Climate Change. Since 2008, UN-HABITAT has initiated the Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) working together with local authorities and communities to develop and implement climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.  Over the last three years the number of cities benefitting from the UN-HABITAT CCCI has increased from 4 in  2008, 9 in 2009, 18 in 2010 and 28 in 2011.   A regional roll-out strategy for Africa and Asia is being finalized

Action pledges 

Cities and Climate Change Initiative

Further information

Climate Change Strategy 2010-2013

Cities and Climate Change - Initial Lessons from UN-HABITAT

Local Leadership for Climate Change Action

Climate Change Assessment for Sorsogon, Philippines

Climate Change Assessment for Kampala, Uganda

Climate Change Assessment for Maputo, Mozambique

Climate Change Assessment for Esmeraldas, Ecuador 

Regional focus Africa and the Arab States
Asia and the Pacific
Least Developed Countries
Small Island Developing States
South America
Sector Transport, infrastructure and human settlements
Adaptation delivery activity Capacity building
Climate-resilient development planning
Communications and awareness-raising
Disaster risk reduction
Knowledge management
Pilot adaptation programmes/projects
Risk/vulnerability mapping
NWP work area Adaptation planning and practices
Climate related risks and extreme events
Methods and tools
Socio-economic information
Technologies for adaptation
Climate hazards Drought
Storms/tropical cyclones
Operational scale Global

Organizations, institutions and private sector companies at all levels and in a wide range of sectors can become engaged with the NWP by becoming a partner and making Action Pledges. Information about how organizations can become engaged with work on adaptation under the NWP can be found here.