UN-Habitat plays an important role in providing technical assistance in the areas of urban legislation, land and governance, urban planning and design, housing and slum upgrading, urban basic services, urban economy, disaster risk reduction and rehabilitation, and research and capacity building for change management of urban areas. UN-Habitat has normative and operational activities in over 70 countries.
In Pakistan, UN-Habitat is actively engaged in various humanitarian and development work and provision of technical assistance and operational support to the Government at federal, provincial and local levels, stakeholders and partners. The Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) is UN Habitat’s key Government counterpart in Pakistan. By 2030, Pakistan’s population is expected to reach 260 million people and more than half of the population will live in urban areas. Therefore, UN-Habitat is focused on supporting the Government at all levels in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, primarily Goal 11 towards making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. UN-Habitat is further committed to facilitate working towards the New Urban Agenda in the country and promote a new model of urban development that is able to integrate all facets of sustainable urban growth to promote equity, welfare and shared prosperity in close collaboration with the National and Provincial Governments, local authorities, other UN agencies, donors and development partners.
UN-Habitat signed an agreement with the Asian Development Bank in 2017 to support the Government of Pakistan with the Project on “Pakistan: Provincial Strategy for Inclusive and Sustainable Urban Growth – Municipal Business Planning Pilot”. This will implement a municipal business planning pilot in one city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province. The pilot’s main aim is to test the challenges in implementing improved business planning, revenue collection, and cost reduction. The pilot includes digitization of land records and the use of information technology to improve efficiency in municipal planning and service delivery.