The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and Habitat for Humanity International have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote housing solutions worldwide through advocacy, engagement and awareness.
UN-Habitat and Habitat for Humanity will address the challenges of urbanization and promote socially, economically, culturally and environmentally sustainable cities and human settlements.
They plan to do this through pro-poor, gender-responsive solutions that increase access to land and security of tenure, adequate housing, and basic services, including neighborhood upgrading.
The organizations will also collaborate on efforts focused on housing needs in disaster response and risk reduction.
As part of the new memorandum, the two organizations will also explore collaboration in the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme, an initiative in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific to improve the living conditions of the urban poor.
The priorities of the new agreement coincide with the themes that emerged from the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2016 United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).