Un-habitat, Pakistan

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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Project Activities

Urban observatories – Establishing and monitoring baseline data and mapping on critical urban issues

  • a. Identify and select indicators related to 12 topics with respect to 5 concerns – institutional set up, regulatory framework, resource mobilization, performance and accountability and capacity/ constraints.
  • b. Prepare survey method that disaggregates data by settlement types, gender and income groups
  • c. Map data by eco regions, political constituencies, administrative units, police station limits, and by operational regions of services
  • d. Identify and conduct consultations with multi stakeholders including vulnerable groups
  • e. Employ and build upon existing data sources, especially District Census Reports
  • f. Statistically and qualitatively analyze information and synthesize them as urban profiles g. Create web based urban information sharing and disseminating portal
  • h. Mobilize and train stakeholders and staff

Create multi stakeholder based mechanisms for participatory urban planning and management

  • a. Establishing urban forums – stakeholder steering group for planning and management of development projects
  • b. Creating a settlement development framework for coordinating land development and management, finance (especially housing finance), service delivery, and housing, community and environmental development
  • c. Providing technical assistance to Local and Provincial government and selected communities and citizen groups to plan, construct and manage development projects/ programs
  • d. Creating inter agency participatory mechanism and knowledge management for UN agencies to coordinate inputs in the selected areas
  • e. Building Local Government capacity for financial and urban management, and in developing a resource mobilization plan

Demonstration projects improve indicators of informal settlement

  • a. Introduce and orient citizens and Government organizations in community-government component sharing and public-private partnership models, specifically for implementing National policies on Sanitation, Water Supply and Slum Upgrading
  • b. Improve implementation and contracting methods, develop appropriate procedures and tools and adapt the same to local conditions
  • c. Provide technical and management assistance to Government and community and support institutional strengthening measures

Urban Policy Development

  • a. Participate in, and advocate sustainable urbanization demands and pro-poor needs in the setting of next 5 year Plan targets, and in urban policy formulation
  • b. Organize conferences and stakeholder consultations at provincial and regional level c. Identify priority issues and promote pro-poor priorities

Sustainable Urbanization

The objective of the component is to “create a better understanding of critical urban issues affecting slum dwellers and urban poor, including issues related to climate change (as a contribution to achieving MDG-7)”.The project outputs are to:
  1. Establish baseline data and mapping on critical urban issues
  2. Create multi stakeholder based mechanisms for participatory urban planning and management
  3. Improve indicators of informal settlement dwellers through demonstration projects
Ministry of Environment is the Government focal counterpart. The participating UN agencies are FAO, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNIFEM and WHO. At the implementation and programmatic component level, the partners are:

  • Ministry of Environment and Environmental Protection Agencies
  • Ministry of Local Government, Tehsil Municipal Administration, and Katchi Abadis Authority
  • Planning Commission and Planning and Development departments
  • Economic Affairs Division and Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of Housing and Works
  • Academic institutions
  • Civil society organizations

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