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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 Tuesday, 12 April 2011

On the second day of GC-23, delegates reconvened in the High-Level Segment and Committee of the Whole (COW). The High-Level Segment continued its general debate on the activities of UN-HABITAT, the special theme for GC-23 and the work programme and budget for the biennium 2012-2013, while the COW also considered the work programme and budget for the biennium 2012-2013. The drafting committee commenced its consideration of the draft resolutions before GC-23.

In addition, numerous parallel events were held throughout the day on topics such as human settlements and crisis, investments in sustainable urban development, and the Global Land Tool Network’s work on grassroots participation in land-related processes.

View of the UNEP Headquarters, venue for the forum.
View of one of the UN-HABITAT stands.
Daily Highlights
Monday, 11 April- Tuesday, 12 April- Wednesday, 13 April- Thursday, 14 April- Friday, 15 April- Summary
HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT
Kosit Chatpaiboon, Thailand, said certain elements are needed for effective urban planning, such as ensuring the inclusiveness of the urban planning process, in particular by including city dwellers, the private sector and youth in the process.
Priscilla Beukes, Namibia, described a special fund set up to provide financial assistance to local authorities.

Ayman H.A. El Hag, Sudan, drew attention to his Government’s urban development fund, a percentage of which is allocated to fund housing projects for the underprivileged.

Vincent Dabilaou, Burkina Faso, expressed support for
UN-HABITAT’s new vision, saying he hoped that this vision would be carried out so that
UN-HABITAT will continue to be an institution that can assist when disaster strikes.

A view of the dais during the high-level segment.
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
Gian Luigi Faure, EU Council
Bettina Lorz, EU

Drafting Committee Chair
Konrad Paulsen, Chile

Vinson Hailulu, Namibia

Per Nygaard and Ingrid Iversen, Norway

PARALLEL EVENT: Human settlements and crisis - lessons learned from urban disasters
A participant during the event.
A view of the room during the event.
PARALLEL EVENT: Not about us without us - Global Land Tool Network's work on grassroots participation in land-related processes
Participants at the well attended event.
AROUND THE CONFERENCE
One of the exhibits at GC-23.

The Kenyan stand.

Dancers from the Sarakasi Trust.

Sarakasi Trust dancers performing their aerobics routine.

View of the UNEP Headquarters, venue for the forum.
One of the exhibits at GC-23: A model of an actual slum.
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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