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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 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.

More on UN and human settlements

UN documents and publications in catalogues and databases

  • United Nations Digital Library. UN official documents and open access publications, UN maps, UN voting data and speeches.
  • UN iLibrary. UN publications online covering different topics.
  • ODS. 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 is 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

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