Committed to Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements for All

In Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC

Global Forum On Human Settl​ements(GFHS)

The Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS) is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, legally chartered in the State of New York, USA. GFHS has been granted the Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC, and is an Associate Partner of World Urban Campaign by UN-Habitat. Also, GFHS is a member of both United Nations Global Compact and the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI). GFHS is committed to building sustainable cities and human settlements particularly in developing countries. It has accomplished a number of cooperation projects with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). 

Mission: ​

Committed to Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements for All.


Convene annual conference of Global Forum on Human Settlements and other relevant seminars; and provide a world platform for dialogue on Sustainable city and human settlements;

Promote the agendas of the United Nations on Sustainable Development at local level, and enhance communication and cooperation between different regions in improving the conditions of cities and human settlements ;

Research and develop relevant standard systems for sustainable cities and human settlements. Promote the low-carbon "International Green Model City" Initiative and explore a new urbanization developing mode;

Make professional reports to provide references for policy makers and the industry;

Issue “Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Awards”( originally“Global Human Settlements Awards”), commending governments, enterprises, scenic spots, communities, organizations and individuals that have made outstanding achievements;

Edit and publish the World Best Practices Magazine and other publications, etc.

Former UN Under-Secretary-General Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury serves as the Chairman of GFHS. The headquarters of GFHS is in New York.

As of 2019, the annual session of Global Forum on Human Settlements has been successfully held in China, USA, Brazil, Germany, Colombia,  Ecuador, Thailand  and Ethiopia for 14 consecutive years. More than 15,000 representatives from all sectors of society have attended the Forums, including state leaders, ministers, Ambassadors, UN officials, mayors, scholars, professionals, business leaders and representatives of NGOs. It has also provided a platform for high-level dialogue for all sectors of society in various parts of the world, contributing its own efforts to the building of sustainable cities and human settlements, the promotion of the United Nations Habitat Agenda and realization of Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

The “Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Award(SCAHSA) is a worldwide prize annually awarded by GFHS. It is focused on promoting the implementation of UN sustainable development goals and the mission of GFHS by encouraging Awardees and recommending their prominent progress and valuable experience over the course of a greener and more sustainable goal. With the support and guidance from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other UN agencies, this Award has been successfully held for fourteen times and presented to the winners from all over the world, which also provides a high-level interactive platform for international peers to share best practices and experience, and generates a significant demonstration effect.

As a participatory organization, GFHS welcomes officials, scholars and professionals to participate in to interact, network and cooperate in advancing the GFHS mission of sustainable cities and human settlements. Join us and let's make change happen! 


Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Chairman of the Board

Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury recently completed his term as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States of the United Nations, the post he held since March 2002. A career diplomat, he was Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations in New York from 1996 to 2001. He also served as Bangladesh’s Ambassador to Chile, Nicaragua, Peru and Venezuela, as well as Bangladesh’s High Commissioner to the Bahamas and Guyana.

Mr. Chowdhury served as the Secretary-General of the Almaty International Conference on global transit transport cooperation in 2003 as well as of the Mauritius International Meeting on Small Island Developing States in 2005, both convened by the United Nations General Assembly. He also spearheaded the five-year mid-term review of the Brussels Programme for the Least Developed Countries by the UN General Assembly in September 2006 in New York.

Ambassador Chowdhury served as President of the United Nations Security Council for two terms in 2000 and 2001 and President of the UNICEF Executive Board in 2000. He also chaired the Administrative and Budgetary Committee of the United Nations General Assembly in 1997-1998. He was Vice-President of the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations for two terms in 1997 and 1998.

His initiative in March 2000 as the President of the Security Council led to the adoption of the groundbreaking UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on the role of women in peace and security.

He spearheaded a pioneering initiative at the United Nations on culture of peace which resulted in the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999 of the landmark “Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace”.

He also initiated the proclamation by the United Nations General Assembly of the “International Decade for Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World (2001-2010)”.

Ambassador Chowdhury is the recipient of the U Thant Peace Award and the UNESCO Gandhi Gold Medal for Culture of Peace. In March 2003, the Soka University of Tokyo, Japan, conferred on him an Honorary Doctorate for his work on women’s issues, child rights and culture of peace as well as for the strengthening of the United Nations. Ambassador Chowdhury has been decorated by the Government of Burkina Faso with the country’s highest honour “L’Ordre Nacionale” on 18 June 2007 in Ouagadougou for his championship of the cause of the most vulnerable countries.

He is the co-founder of GFHS which was officially established in New York in 2008. In his capacity as the Chairman of GFHS, he has been leading GFHS to continuous growth, and made outstanding contribution to sustainable cities and human settlements around the world. 

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