Leaving no one
and no place behind.

UN-Habitat’s mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable urban development with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.

Working towards sustainable human settlements
We work the government and partners in building sustainable, safe, inclusive and resilient cities and human settlements through the implementation of various programs and projects in the country.
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Leveraging on knowledge
We leverage on the knowledge and experience from our projects and develop them into resources that can inform policies, programs, and practices on sustainable urban development.
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Putting people at the center
We put people at the heart of our work. Equally important as the hard and numbers, are the lives of individuals and communities changed through our projects.
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Collaborating for greater impact
We partner with the national and local government, development organizations, socio-civic organizations, the academe, and private sector to achieve enduring results in addressing the challenges of urbanization.
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Philippine Urban Forum 2023

The Philippine Urban Forum, happening on October 2023, will gather all urban stakeholders to exchange knowledge and tackle existing and emerging issues in the country’s urban development. This is the Philippine government’s effort to locally replicate the World Urban Forum (WUF), a global platform and conference on sustainable urbanization. Stay tuned for more updates on #PhUF2023.

Our Current and Recent Projects

Healthy Ocean and Clean Cities Initiative

The Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiatives (HOCCI) aims to reduce marine plastic litter by strengthening the government's institutional capacity strengthening the institutional capacity to support the operationalization and localization of the Philippines’ National Plan of Action for the Prevention, Reduction, and Management of Marine Litter.

Provincial Climate Risk Diagnostics

The Provincial Climate Risk Diagnostics (PCRD) Project seeks to develop a comprehensive, robust, and accessible data repository and analytics application for provincial local government units, to aid in risk-based planning, decision-making, and investment programming.

Strengthening Institutions and Empowering Localities Against Disasters and Climate Change in the Philippines

Strengthening Institutions and Empowering Localities Against Disasters and Climate Change in the Philippines (SHIELD) aims to support the Philippine government in building institutional and community resilience to climate change and all types of hazards.

Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Designs (completed in 2022)

The Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans and Design (BCRUPD) project worked to enhance national and subnational government capacities to guide and manage urban growth and green recovery with resilience principles and practices.

Rebuilding Marawi through Community-driven Shelter and Livelihood (completed in 2022)

The Rebuilding Marawi provided permanent shelter and livelihood support to internally-displaced persons (IDPs) to families internally displaced by the Marawi siege. This is implemented through the People’s Process, a community-driven approach approach that puts people at the center of rebuilding efforts.

From 2017 to 2022, the BCRUPD project has improved capacities of national government agencies and local government units to promote and integrate urban adaptation planning and designs in their institutional policies and programs. It has also equipped cities to build back better from the impacts of pandemic with its Resilient and Green Recovery initiatives.

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With the theme, “Transforming our cities and building resilient communities,” the PhUF aims to promote a participatory and whole-of-nation approach toward the implementation of the Philippine New Urban Agenda (PNUA) and other global commitments such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), in particular, SDG 11 – make cities and human settlements, inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.

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