The Commission on Human Settlements was established pursuant to the
General Assembly resolution 32/162 of 19 December 1977.
The Commission undertakes the mandate of the UN Centre for Human Settlements, promoting
the Habitat Agenda. This plan of action was defined at the Second UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II),
in 1996. It constitutes the Commission's current medium-term plan (of action). The basic
principles established at the conference revolve around adequate shelter for all, and
sustainable human settlements developed in the urbanising world.
The present medium-term runs from 1998-2001, and is structured into four
sub-programmes focussing on specific issues. This provides the framework for the
Centres biennial work programme. Sub-programmes for the current plan are as follows:
Subprogramme 1: Shelter and Social Services
Subprogramme 2: Urban Management
Subprogramme 3: Environment & Infrastructure
Subprogramme 4: Assessment, Monitoring and Information
The Commission consists of 58
members, each elected for a four-year term: 16 from African States, 13 from Asian States,
6 from Eastern European States, 10 from Latin American and Caribbean States and 13 from
Western European and other States.
The Secretariat is based in Nairobi, Kenya:
PO Box 30030
Tel +254 2 621234, 623210, 623988, 623153
Fax +254 2 624266, 624267, 624624, 623080, 624060