Professional Associations and Development Institutes

Professional Associations and Development Institutes

The Habitat Professionals Forum (HPF) was established in 1999 under the auspices of UN-HABITAT as an inter-disciplinary partnership of Human Settlement Professionals and UN-HABITAT. The HPF was established to promote the delivery of sustainable urbanization and equitable human settlements development. It is a voluntary affiliation of international associations of Human Settlements Professions which are democratic, non-profit, non-political, and non-governmental. They are also engaged in the economic, social, cultural, and environmental dimensions of sustainable urban development. It is currently composed of 26 organizations holding different statuses.
 
In 2021, the HPF released a Statement on Covid-19, wherein the members reinstate their wishes to recognize and extend gratitude to the front-line human settlement professionals who are protecting, supporting, and leading the world’s population during the COVID-19 crisis. With their expertise in built form, land use, economic development, social equity, and environmental stewardship, they are well-positioned to help rebuild and inclusively socialize local communities, settlements, cities, regions and territories during the COVID-19 recovery. The HPF stands for advocacy and knowledge exchange, raising awareness, solidarity and support among professionals in these difficult times, and it is deeply concerned by the growing impacts and unintended social and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, which has revealed the fragility of urban and territorial systems and of our capacity for their management. View the statement here: https://unhabitat.org/habitat-professionals-forum-hpf-statement-on-covid-19-pandemic