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United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

Nairobi, Kenya
Joined October 2015
Presence in: Kenya
Focus: Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements

UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. It is the focal point for all urbanization and human settlement matters within the UN system. The main documents outlining UN-Habitat’s mandate are the Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements (Habitat I), the Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements (Habitat II and the Habitat Agenda), the Declaration on Cities and Other Human Settlements in the New Millennium, and Resolution 56/206. UN-Habitat’s current mandate is also shaped by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 3327 (XXIX), which, in 1975, established the United Nations Habitat and Human Settlements Foundation (UNHHSF). The mandate was expanded in 1977 through resolution 32/162, which transformed the Committee on Housing, Building, and Planning into the Commission on Human Settlements. This Commission, comprising fifty-eight member countries, was serviced by the Centre for Human Settlements (also known as “Habitat”) that served as the focal point for human settlements actions and the coordination of activities within the United Nations system. Later, in 2002, through resolution 56/206, the UN General Assembly merged the UNHHSF foundation, the Commission on Human Settlements, and Habitat into UN-Habitat, a fully-fledged UN programme managed by its own secretariat and headed by its own Executive Director (who is also a UN Under-Secretary General). The mandate of UN-Habitat is further derived from other internationally agreed upon development goals, including those established in the United Nations Millennium Declaration (Assembly resolution 55/2) — in particular the target on achieving a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum-dwellers by the year 2020,* and the target to halve the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by the year 2015.** Through the UN General Assembly resolution 65/1, Member States also committed themselves to continue working towards cities without slums, beyond current targets, by reducing slum populations and improving the lives of slum-dwellers.

People Associated With This Organization

Emmanuel Echwa

United Nations Human Settlements... (Unverified)
Joined December 2015
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods
I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management and an MBA in project Management with over 12 years experience in the Humanitarian Sector. I am passionate about community development and empowerment through legal education and sensitization and would be willing to join other like minded individuals and/or organization to pursue the endeavour together for development of the community.

Gianluca Crispi

United Nations Human Settlements...
Joined October 2015
Gianluca Crispi is an Italian lawyer with ten years’ experience in supporting policy formulation and the review of urban legal systems. Gianluca is currently serving as Legal Officer in the Urban Legislation Unit of UN-Habitat providing legislative advice to UN-Habitat’s projects and assisting member states and local authorities in translating urban policies into effectively implementable laws. He is currently leading the Essential Law Programme, an initiative that aims at analyzing the main constraints of practicability and enforceability of urban legislation in developing countries. Prior to his current position, he worked as Research Officer for the UN State of the World's Cities Report, a normative tool geared to inform policy discussion and to assist local governments in designing sustainable urban policies.


United Nations Human Settlements...
Joined May 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency
I worked 15 years in ENDA Third World in participatory approaches, support communities and CSO to fight poverty by relay on themselves and trusting their own competencies and capacities.

I'm fluent in French and English, I use to do translation and interpreting land matters under GLTN partnership/contract.
I had done social mediation for relocating removed people, in Dakar (SENEGAL) for Diamniadio highway building; a WB project...
I had a long collaboration with UN HABITAT and GLTN training unit on land issues, in Africa continent. I work as member of training staff mobilized by UN HABITAT/GLTN in many places in Africa for Head of ministry's Offices, NGO's ressource persons, CSO members, CBO's leadership, etc

Sharad Pant

United Nations Human Settlements... (Unverified)
Joined September 2022
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Community Organizing, Financial Sustainability & Fundraising, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Labor & Employment, Livelihoods
Presently I am working as consultant in the World Bank Funded Project in Himachal Pradesh. Earlier I was working with UNDP as a Team Leader (Project officer) in Project Management Unit (PMU) for Integrated Livelihood Development Program in Drought prone area of Maharashtra, we are promoting climate resilient livelihoods for Small-Scale Farmers. Earlier to this I was working with IIT, Mandi as Head of Operation for Farmers Zone Program. The program aims to be a multi-purpose window, from dealing with climate change and weather prediction to matters of land, soil, water, seed to market linkages in Himaliyan region. As a Sr. consultant I provided my consultancy to North East Rural Livelihood Program for livelihood thematic study in North East Region. As Asst. Project Director with ALC India Ltd. I used to look after Institutional building, governance and business development of Farmers Producer Companies in 5 States (Telangana, Andhra, Karnataka, Odisha, and Maharashtra) and oversees the business development and trading of agriculture produce. Capacity building of farmers on climate reasilient agriculture prictices and agribusiness through PMKVY (Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana). Before this assignment I was working as Knowledge Management Expert in State Government Sponsered program funded by IFAD.
I have worked as a value chain advisor in Sierra Leone (West Africa) for agriculture and fishing sector. In Development Alternatives as a Program Manager I successfully implemented the Habitat and livelihood program with the help of partner NGOs, at the same I managed and implemented several small grants projects in Bundelkhand region. In Rajasthan I had implemented Natural Resource Management Project with tribal community. In Andaman & Nicobar I have worked for relief & rehabilitation of Tsunami Affected families and delivered all components within the stipulated time frame. All these programs I managed independentaly by working with multilateral and bilateral agencies. In EIRA Project I worked for 6 years as Monitoring & Evaluation Officer and developed the system of MIS, monitoring & evaluation.
Thus, in my 22 years of development career, I got expertise in project management & implantation, MIS and result based management system. I am a good team player having an understanding of development issues. I look forward to your swift response.
Yours faithfully,
Sharad Pant


Anguilla (United Kingdom)  
United Nations Human Settlements... (Unverified)
Joined July 2020
Interests: Livelihoods
Manager/Supervisor and proven problem solver who gets results and delivers projects on, or below
budget. For example, when a surprise Regulatory requirement surfaced that could have led to the shutdown of schools, police and
fire stations, Parks and Rec. sites, Shelters, and Municipal buildings, I devised a solution that enabled all requirements to be
satisfied by deadline. When I presented the solution to the Deputy Director, he took mere seconds to see how my solution solved
the problem while avoiding any building shutdowns and saved the agency $500,000.00 in the process. To establish a career in an
organization where I can contribute and make a significant impact by raising standards and setting benchmarks for accurate
execution, monitoring and timely completion of project/ Progressive 10 years of professional experience in project execution.
 Extensive knowledge of the methods, techniques and principles of project execution and quality control Skilled in analyzing and
preparing weekly and monthly progress reports.
 Familiar with planning and execution. Possess strong written and verbal communications skills
Information Technology web pages -linking accounts etc
Gianluca Crispi is the network champion (main point of contact) for United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).

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