UN-Habitat 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.
The United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) believes that an integrated approach to urban water supply and sanitation management is essential for the social, economic and environmental sustainability of cities, and is focusing on improvement of water and sanitation in Pakistan through gender mainstreaming and empowerment of local authorities. WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Promotion) interventions of UN-Habitat in Pakistan aims at facilitating access to water and sanitation for urban women in informal settlements, thereby improving their quality of life and freeing more time for women to engage in other social and economic activities. Access to improved WASH facilities is also facilitated through UN-Habitat’s projects to improve efficiency and accountability of service providers and raised awareness of children in urban schools by formation of environment clubs.
UN-Habitat is also actively contributing in early recovery programme of flood affected communities through WASH interventions which aim to provide requisite humanitarian assistance through provision of safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, hygiene promotion and hence reducing incidence of morbidity and mortality. The humanitarian interventions are envisaged to supplement the ongoing activities of improving the quality, reliability and coverage of water, sanitation, wastewater and solid waste management services.