The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It 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. UN-Habitat plays an important role in providing technical assistance to countries and cities in the areas of governance, land and property rights, environmental management, disaster mitigation, post-conflict rehabilitation, urban safety, water management and poverty reduction. UN-Habitat has over 150 technical programmes and projects working in normative and operational activities in over 60 countries. For more than 10 years, in support of the implementation of the Habitat Agenda, UN-Habitat has been operating in humanitarian and crisis situations, supporting national governments, local authorities and civil society to strengthen their capacity to manage and recover from human-made and natural disasters and mitigate future disasters. The cornerstone of UN-Habitat's strategy is sustainable relief and recovery leveraging investments in the emergency and recovery phases into the longer-term development of human settlements.
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