IFHP aims to elevate selected issues on human settlement and urban development.IFHP's objectives are:
to improve general knowledge in housing, urban and regional planning, environment and related fields;
to improve housing and planning practice worldwide;
to provide members with easy access to internationally available sources of knowledge in these fields and with opportunities to meet colleagues on an international level and to establish contacts by correspondence.
The IFHP organizes:
Annual worldwide congress,
Specialized international conferences and seminars;
Biennial international competition for students;
Biennial international film and video competitions.
Working Parties on housing; multifunctional and intensive land use; urban land policy; urban public space; conservation strategies; new urban format; mobile society; tourism and urban development.