CTG UNHAB ( AUSSP )
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable communities, towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. The main documents outlining the mandate of the organization are the Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements, Habitat Agenda, Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements, the Declaration on Cities and Other Human Settlements in the New Millennium, and Resolution 56/206.
By working at all levels and with relevant stakeholders and partners, the agency contributes to linking policy development and capacity-building activities with a view to promoting cohesive and mutually reinforcing social, economic, environmental and countries’ policies and programmes in human settlements in conformity with international practices and covenants.
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, has been working within Afghanistan since 1992 with funding support of USAID, Japanese and Australian Governments, EU, DFID, CIDA, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Kingdom of the Netherlands and several bilateral donors as well as the World Bank. During this period, its Programme expanded to include a wide range of human settlements initiatives, from small-scale neighbourhood level improvement schemes to community empowerment.
UN-Habitat has been assisting the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan through a number of projects, both urban and rural, supported by different donors:
The Afghanistan Urban Peace building Program (AUSSP) is a three-year program that concentrates on peace building by strengthening the delivery of urban safety services, improving local government responsiveness and accountability, and enhancing partnerships between government, communities and civil society. It is predicated on the vital linkage between state-society relations, local government capacity and basic service provision in strengthening safety and security.
AUSSP targets eight of Afghanistan’s most strategic cities: Kabul, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad, Kunduz, Farah, Nili and Bamyan. It is implemented under the leadership of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance, Ministry of Interior and Kabul Municipality, with technical support from UN-Habitat. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Kingdom of the Netherlands fund the program.