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The University of Auckland in Partnership with UN-HABITAT

The University of Auckland is a member of the Habitat Partner University Network (HPU) of the United Nations Human Settlements Program UN-HABITAT. UN-HABITAT is the United Nations agency to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities throughout the world, focusing on the "three pillars of sustainability" - equity, ecology, and economy. The University is committed to supporting UN-HABITAT's mandate of promoting sustainable urban development, in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals

About the partnership


The HPU Network is a group of international universities with a focus on urban sustainability, committed to the following principles:

  • Systematic approach to sustainable urban development in line with the Millennium Development Goals
  • Focus on urban poverty reduction
  • Inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary co-operation
  • Practice orientated to influence policy and practice
  • Linking local, regional, national and global initiatives

Benefits of collaboration with UN-HABITAT

Through the Habitat Partner University network, the University aims to attract talented postgraduate students to the University, enhance the postgraduate experience, boost teaching and learning, increase ability to attract offshore research funding, and promote the University's research and international connections. In addition, this partnership will support the University's engagement and opportunities for research collaboration with other HPU institutions around the world.

News and Events


World Urban Forum

The next World Urban Forum 7 (WUF7) will be held in Medellin, Colombia from April 5-11 2014. The theme is ‘Urban equity in development – cities for life’. Please visit, WUF website.

Internship Programme

Student internships are available with UN-Habitat. For information about opportunities, eligibility and application processes, please visit Internship Programme.

UN World Habitat Day New Zealand Scroll of Honour 2015

The UoA Scroll of Honour was launched in 2011 as part of the World Habitat Day celebrations organized by The University of Auckland. The award aims to acknowledge initiatives that make outstanding contributions in areas such as housing provision, highlighting the plight of the homeless and improving the quality of urban life. The achievements will be considered within the overall context of sustainable urbanization and making cities and human settlement inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Eligibility and deadlines are available here.

Contact us


The latest reports and information about events are available at UN-HABITAT

For further information relating to UN-HABITAT, please contact:

Dr Yvonne Underhill-Sem
Centre for Development Studies, Faculty of Arts
Phone+64 9 373 7599 ext 82311
Email: y.underhill-sem@auckland.ac.nz

Professor Dory Reeves
School of Planning and Architecture
National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries (NICAI)
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 83944
Email: d.reeves@auckland.ac.nz