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Nairobi, 7 Jun 11

A tearful service after the quake in the ruins of the ruins of Haiti's Léogane Cathedral. Photo © UN-HABITAT / A. Grimard

UN-HABITAT this week unveiled a new Charter of Values to underpin the agency's growing relationships with private sector partners around the world.

In a move beyond the UN's Global Compact which provides an overall value framework for business partners of the United Nations, the UN-HABITAT Charter, solicited by the Executive Director, Dr. Joan Clos, is aimed at strengthening and improving ties with partners which support the agency's mandate in their quest for better cities.

Nowadays, most of the business community share common objectives of more efficient, productive and inclusive cities with the United Nations.

UN-HABITAT is well aware that the private sector is a vital partner which must be engaged if the world's cities are to achieve sustainability. It is indeed looking for partners able to join hands in delivering better cities with companies committed to its mandate as part of their core business or their corporate social responsibility. That goes from assisting in post-disaster intervention, supporting water and sanitation projects or youth driven initiatives targeted at poor neighbourhoods in countries in need, to cite some key examples.

The new UN-HABITAT Charter of Values is available in English, French and Spanish.

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