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Twenty-third Session of the Governing Council of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT GC 23)

11-15 April 2011 | Nairobi, Kenya
Highlights for Monday, 11 April 2011

The 23rd Session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) opened on Monday, 11 April. Delegates met in a morning plenary to hear welcoming and opening statements. Delegates were treated to a musical presentation titled “My Musical Korogocho” performed by Ghetto Classic, youth from a low-income residential area in Nairobi, and also watched a video presentation of UN-HABITAT's contribution to the rebuilding of Haiti after the earthquake, through a musical competition for reconstruction in Haiti, titled “My neighbourhood as I dream it.”

In the morning and afternoon, the high-level segment addressed: activities of UN-HABITAT, including coordination matters; the special theme of GC-23; and the work programme and budget for the biennium 2012-2013. The Committee of the Whole met in the afternoon to discuss activities of UN-HABITAT, including coordination matters.

View of the UNEP Headquarters, venue for the forum.
View of the opening session.
Daily Highlights
Monday, 11 April- Tuesday, 12 April- Wednesday, 13 April- Thursday, 14 April- Friday, 15 April- Summary
OPENING SESSION
Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-HABITAT, presented his new vision for UN-HABITAT.
Kenya's President H.E. Mwai Kibaki officially opened the 23rd Session of the UN-HABITAT Governing Council.
Outgoing GC-22 President Clifford Warmington, Jamaica, welcomed delegates to the session.
A view of the dais during the opening session.
Vincent Karega, Rwanda, was elected as GC-23 President.
Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, welcomed the partnership between UNEP and UN-HABITAT.
Inga Björk-Klevby, Deputy Executive Director, UN-HABITAT, read a message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Delegates listening to the opening address by Kenya's president.

The group, Ghetto Classic, from Korogocho (a low income area in Nairobi) entertained delegates during the opening session.

HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT
Ana Maria Sampaio Fernandes, Brazil
Gerardo Carrillo, Venezuela

Tirop Kosgey, Kenya

Nerissa Cook, US

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, UN-HABITAT
COW Chair Liu Guangyuan, China
Mohamed Halfani, UN-HABITAT
Related Links
UN-HABITAT resources
*UN-HABITAT GC 23 official website
*UN-HABITAT GC 23 provisional agenda
*UN-HABITAT GC 23 documents
*UN-HABITAT GC 22 coverage
*UN-HABITAT GC 21 coverage
*UN-HABITAT GC 20 coverage

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