Human settlements

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme  - UN-HABITAT is the leading agency within the United Nations for coordinating activities in the field of human settlements. UN-was established in 1978.

UN declarations on human settlement

The United Nations has adopted declarations linking the concept of human settlements to social, economic and physical aspects of development. In the declarations, the following is central to the mandate of United Nations Human settlements programme:

  • The right to adequate shelter.
  • Priority must be given to the needs of the most disadvantaged people.

Functions of the UN-HABITAT

The UN-HABITAT operates at many levels through

  • knowledge management and reporting
  • advocacy of norms
  • technical cooperation
  • innovative financing for the implementation of the Habitat Agenda.

For further information, see DagDok: UN-Habitat.

UN documents and publications in catalogues and databases

  • United Nations Digital Library offers UN documents and open access publications, UN voting data and speeches, UN maps, Content in 6+ languages. Replaces the traditional online catalogue UNBISnet.
  • UN iLibrary UN publications online covering different topics.
  • ODS full-text UN documents published from 1993 onward and scanned documents published between 1946 and 1993 in the official languages of the UN.
  • Daily list of documents (ODS). Documents published for the day, with full text links, can be found in the United Nations full text database ODS.
  • UNBIS Thesaurus a multilingual database of the controlled vocabulary used to describe UN documents.
  • Index to proceedings is an annual bibliographic guide to the proceedings and documentation of the major UN organs. The index includes:
    • a list of all documents
    • a comprehensive subject index
    • an index to speeches
    • a voting chart of resolutions
  • United Nations Documents Index (United Nations Digital Library) References to all documents by subject area are published. A collection of indexes is held by the Dag Hammarskjöld and Law Library, Uppsala, and the Libraries at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva.
Last modified: 2024-02-15