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1 United Nations Programme for Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT) Our responses to natural and man made disasters: towards more sustainable and resilient future Warsaw, 6 September 2008

2 UN-HABITAT: MISSION AND STRATEGY Our mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. Our strategy is to inform and educate on urban development, advocate norms for sustainable urbanization and urban poverty reduction, assist in policy formulation and promote innovative financing for urbanization.

3 UN-HABITAT: Areas of Expertise Convener of international meetings Urban Data and Information Advocacy and Reports Training and Capacity-Building Participatory Processes Sectoral Expertise: Urban Sector Studies, Housing, Land, Water, Finance, Urban Management, Urban Poverty, Post natural disaster and Post Conflict Rehabilitation

4 Risk, Disaster, and Conflict in the Habitat Agenda In Human Settlements: Prevention, mitigation and preparedness Support to and collaboration with humanitarian agencies in rehabilitation and reconstruction Capacity building with decision makers and communities Bridging the emergency - development gap DMP works in man made and natural disasters

5 How DMP works Support to national & local government by: Developing techniques and tools; Designing and implementing training; Promoting horizontal co-operation; Implementing and backstopping; Strengthening co-ordination and networks.

6 Where DMP works Europe: FYROM, Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia, Albania Africa: Burundi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda, DRC, Kenya, Somalia, Comoros Asia: Bangladesh, Indonesia, East Timor, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Myanmar Latin America/ Caribbean: Costa Rica, Cuba, Haiti, El Salvador, Guatemala, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico

7 Lessons Learnt Need for an integrated approach. Co-ordination with national and international partners. Early intervention in order to make the link between relief and development.

8 Sustainable Relief and Reconstruction - Recovery Development begins at the beginning Bridging the gap between emergency relief and sustainable development With Objectives of Creating appropriate human settlement conditions for facilitating the transition from relief to sustainable development; Strengthening local capacity to accelerate the transition & sustain it in the long run.

9 Towards More Sustainable and Resilient Future Integration of the principles of both sustainability and disaster risk reduction from the earliest stages of recovery promoting culture of prevention. UN-HABITAT has developed a detailed typology and indicators for its interventions in emergency situations, simultaneously taking into account the transition and longerterm recovery

10 Sustainable Relief and Reconstruction Emergency Response Adaptive land-use planning; Immediate economic recovery and restoration of livelihoods. Urgent cleaning up of critical urban services; Rehabilitation of basic infrastructure; Emergency rehabilitation of permanent shelter; Transition/long-term Recovery Land and property administration; Long-term economic revitalisation; Good local governance and institutional development; Capacity building and empowerment of local institutions and civil society, including gender issues; Strategic partnerships; Disaster mitigation and

11 1. Long-term Shelter Strategies Implementation of realistic and permanent reconstruction plans for housing and infrastructure Promoting community confidence through participatory planning and implementation of reconstruction activities Vulnerability reduction HFA; Resilient housing, services, and environment Right to ownership and security of tenure.

12 2. Eco. recovery and restoration of livelihoods Independent and sustainable recovery begins with a home and a job; Utilising local resources for rehabilitation activities both material and human resources; Creating employment and small scale production capital distribution within the communities.

13 3. Land and Property Administration Key elements to address Lack of land policy Dysfunctional LA system Land grabbing/invasions Break down law & order (incl. land-use planning) Over-lapping rights & claims Destruction of houses Ambiguous laws

14 4. Good local governance and inclusiveness Public participation and Inclusive decision-making with all stakeholders Community organisation and civil empowerment; Gender issues; Local Institutional Capacity building; Transformation of the governance practices at the local level during the dynamic post-crisis period

15 5. Vulnerability Reduction / Disaster Mitigation Disasters can act as opportunities - to change the Status Quo; - to build self-reliance of communities; - to strengthen local organisational/institutional capacities; - to demonstrate new ways to network and collaborate enhance political will and inclusiveness; - to introduce new mitigation measures, such as building regulations and techniques, better land-use and planning Vulnerability reduction plans and disaster risk considerations should be integrated more effectively into sustainable development policies, planning and programming at all levels.

16 Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) A unique inter-agency forum for coordination, policy development and decision-making involving the key UN and non-un humanitarian partners, established by UN GA resolutions. Under the leadership of the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), the IASC - develops humanitarian policies - agrees on a clear division of responsibility for the various aspects of humanitarian assistance - identifies and addresses gaps in response - advocates for effective application of humanitarian principles

17 The Cluster Approach Marking the system more predictable, effective, responsive and accountable. * UN-HABITAT is the focal point for Housing, Land and Property in 3 of the clusters The 9 Clusters and lead agencies: Emergency Shelter (UNHCR for Conflicts: IFRC for Natural Disaster) Early Recovery (UNDP) Protection (UNHCR) Camp Management and Coordination (UNHCR) Nutrition (UNICEF) Water and Sanitation (UNICEF) Health (WHO) Logistics (WFP) Telecommunications (OCHA/UNICEF/WFP)

18 UN-HABITAT in the emergency Shelter Cluster (Global) UN-HABITAT - focal point for Shelter in Recovery Strengthened shelter collaboration with IFRC and UNHCR Global consultation process ongoing UNHCR, UN-HABITAT, IFRC and IOM Improved response capacity roster of emergency shelter expert Initial emergency shelter needs assessment Emergency shelter strategies including a full range of shelter options for recovery Partnership with OCHA and the UK Shelter Centre in the production of the Guidelines for shelter after disasters Partners at the country levels: IFRC, IOM, NGOs

19 UN-HABITAT in the Early Recovery Cluster Needs and damage assessment methodology and tools Guidelines for post-disaster land and tenure Risk identification and mapping Participation in UN lead joint assessment methodology Co-ordinating the shelter response for recovery

20 UN-HABITAT in the Protection Cluster Lead and Coordinate the housing, land and property activities of the cluster Support clusters at country level with HLP issues Develop tools and methodologies for addressing HLP issues in crisis situations Undertake a series of technical workshops on HLP needs identification mechanisms

21 Thank you

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