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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 Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Throughout Wednesday, delegates conducted dialogues on the special theme of GC-23. In the morning, the dialogue focused on “sustainable urban development through expanding equitable access to land and housing,” and in the afternoon, the dialogue focused on “sustainable urban development through expanding equitable access to basic services and infrastructure.” The drafting committee also met throughout the day to consider the draft resolutions before GC-23.

In addition, parallel events were held on topics such as: women and human settlements; sustainable urban development through the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries; and renewing the African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development’s commitment to implementing the Bamako Declaration and Action Plan. The Urban Gateway, a global online knowledge exchange platform, was also launched, as well as two youth reports: the UN Sports and Development Report Literature Survey of Youth; and the background paper for the State of the Urban Youth Report 2012-2013.

View of the UNEP Headquarters, venue for the forum.
 
Daily Highlights
Monday, 11 April- Tuesday, 12 April- Wednesday, 13 April- Thursday, 14 April- Friday, 15 April- Summary
Dialogue on the Special Theme of GC-23
Ahmed Taoufiq Hejira, Minister for Housing, Urbanization and Spatial Planning, Morocco
Sheila Patel, Chair, Shack/Slum Dwellers International
Peter Goetz, President of the Global Parliamentarians for Habitat
The panel during the afternoon dialogue on sustainable urban development through expanding equitable access to basic services and infrastructure.
Dhamikka Wijaysingha, Ministry of Construction and Engineering Services,
Sri Lanka
Muchadeyi Masunda, Mayor of Harare and Co-President of the United Cities and Local Governments
Stéphane Quéré, Co-Chair, Urban Infrastructure Initiative, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
PARALLEL EVENT: LAUNCH OF THE URBAN GATEWAY
Jane Nyakairu, UN-HABITAT
Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-HABITAT
Participants during the launch.
The Urban Gateway is a global online knowledge exchange platform that uses social media technology to promote local and global knowledge exchange on urban issues.
TUESDAY'S LAUNCH OF THE QUICK GUIDES FOR POLICY MAKERS ON HOUSING THE POOR IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICAN CITIES
(Photo courtesy of UN-HABITAT)
Participants at the event.
TUESDAY'S PRESS CONFERENCE WITH UN-HABITAT GOODWILL AMBASSADORS (Photos courtesy of UN-HABITAT)
UN-HABITAT's Goodwill Ambassadors pose with UN-HABITAT's Executive Director (center).

L-R: Wolfgang Riegelsberger, German artist; Iniobong Edo,
Nigerian actress; UN-HABITAT Executive Director Joan Clos;
Ramsey Tokunbo Noauh
, Nigerian actor; and
Vikram Vinod, Indian actor.

MONDAY'S OPENING PRESS CONFERENCE (Photos courtesy of UN-HABITAT)
The press conference in session.
L-R: Nicola Odatti, Councillor for Culture, Naples;
Clifford Warmington, outgoing GC President;
Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-HABITAT; and Vincent Karega,
GC-23 President.
MONDAY'S AFRICAN PARLIAMENTARIAN CONFERENCE (Photos courtesy of UN-HABITAT)
Participants during the session.

Parliamentarians after the session.

View of the UNEP Headquarters, venue for the forum.
A partial view of the fast growing city of Nairobi.
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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*African Regional Coverage
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