United Nations Human Settlements Programme strategic plan for the period 2020–2023

1. Sustainable urbanization is central to the realization of the global development goals as set out in the suite of global agreements signed between 2015 and 2016, including, most importantly, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Strategic Plan 2020-2023 focuses on the agency’s commitment and contribution to the implementation of these global development agendas, particularly the premise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to ‘leave no one behind.’ Through its normative and operational work as well as coordination and focal point role within the UN system, the agency’s objective is: “to advance sustainable urbanization as a driver of development and peace to improve living conditions for all.” The Strategic Plan aligns the agency with the United Nations’ reform agenda, which includes: (i) the reform of the peace and security architecture, including a strong emphasis on the humanitarian, development and peace nexus; (ii) development system reform, particularly the revamped resident coordinator system and the shifting of focus to more integrated country level action; and (iii) management reform, emphasizing the need for organizational coherence, transparency, efficiency, agility and accountability, while articulating the unique value proposition of UN-Habitat within the UN system.

Source: UN-Habitat

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