In 2010, in the midst of the economic, financial, and environmental crises, four partner organizations – Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) – were brought together by the common vision of creating a space for professionals in all areas of the European and Central Asian housing sector to come together and work toward establishing a common approach to housing in the region. UN Habitat joined in accomplishing this mission in 2013.
Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that brings together people of all races, nationalities and religions to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by building and improving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. An estimated 17,000 of these families are in Europe and Central Asia, where Habitat has been active since the mid-1990s. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitateurope.org.
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
The IFRC is the world’s largest humanitarian organization. It works to support and develop the capacities of its member National Societies around the world in their humanitarian mission to assist the most vulnerable members of society, without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. The IFRC’s work focuses on four core areas: promoting humanitarian values, disaster response, disaster preparedness, and health and community care. The Federation, together with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, make up the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The IFRC is the convener of the General Shelter Cluster for natural disasters.
United Nations Development Programme
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States is on the ground in 28 countries and territories in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is one of five regional commissions of the United Nations. It was established in 1947 by the UN Economic and Social Council. The overall mandate of the UNECE is to facilitate greater economic integration and cooperation among its fifty-six Member States and promote sustainable development and economic prosperity. Through the work of its Committee on Housing and Land Management, the UNECE advises member countries on human settlements policies and strategies, develops policy guidelines and recommendations on their implementation, and provides a forum for the exchange of information and best practice experience on housing, urban development and land administration policies.
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 towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. UN-HABITAT’s programmes are designed to help policy-makers and local communities get to grips with the human settlements and urban issues and find workable, lasting solutions.