Develops and delivers training and capacity building in all focus areas of UN-Habitat.



The Capacity Development Unit is a specialized unit established under UN-Habitat's Research and Capacity Development Branch.

To strengthen the capacity of individuals and organizations and empower them with knowledge and skills to transform cities into sustainable, safe, resilient and just places where people can live and work in dignity.



The Capacity Development Unit focuses on capacity building for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 11.

The Capacity Development Unit combines research, training, human resources capacity, skill development, urban practice, knowledge, institutional capacity and tools into a coherent capacity development strategy to address knowledge, skill and institutional gaps of individuals and organizations.

Training and capacity building is fundamentally people centered: Individuals are the engines driving urban transformation and improvments of institutions and policy. Learning from global, national and local practices enhances individuals' ability to develop solutions suiting local contexts while respecting diversity.

  • Through international cooperation and dialogue we learn from each other, increasing the global understanding of developmental challenges.


  • Equal opportunities for every gender means universal access to knowledge and capacity development in different target groups.


  • Respect for human rights without distinction of any kind, such as to race, colour, sex, language, religion or other status, empowers all individuals to make use of their knowledge and skills in creation equitable and inclusive cities.