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Twenty-second Session of the UN-HABITAT Governing Council
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Twenty-second Session of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) Governing Council

30 March - 3 April 2009 | Nairobi, Kenya

UN-HABITAT display at GC 22.
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30 March - 31 March - 1 April - 2 April - 3 April
Highlights for Wednesday, 1 April 2009

UN-HABITAT GC 22 delegates met for a third day on Wednesday, 1 April 2009. Throughout the day, governments and other Habitat Agenda partners convened in a dialogue session where they discussed the GC 22 theme “Promoting affordable housing finance systems in an urbanizing world in the face of the global financial crisis and climate change.” The COW convened in the afternoon.
 
The drafting group met all day in a parallel session and continued discussions on guidelines on access to basic services for all and South-South cooperation in human settlements.
 
In parallel sessions, delegates convened in a “Global Parliamentarians on Habitat” meeting all day to discuss UN-HABITAT’s policy framework and direction. A number of parallel sessions took place during the lunch break including: the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) partnership on developing and testing gender criteria in large-scale tool assessment, a session on “UrbanInfo: statistical and spatial monitoring slums,” and a Latin America and Caribbean sponsored event titled “Towards social cohesion and citizen security policies.”
Dialogue
Government and other Habitat Agenda partners discussed the GC 22 theme “Promoting affordable housing finance systems in an urbanizing world in the face of the global financial crisis and climate change.”
Bird’s-eye view of the Dialogue Session.
The dais during the session.
M.A. Masunda, Mayor of Harare, Zimbabwe, gave an overview of the housing finance model in Harare.
Joko Widodo, Mayor of Surakarta, Indonesia, spoke about the rehabilitation of traditional markets, vendor markets, parks and other public amenities in his city.
Peter Mule Makau, Kenya, stressed that the global financial crisis does not mean that the ‘bottom of the pyramid’ cannot sustain their financial obligations.
Ayanthi  Gurusinghe, Emerging Market Group, Sri Lanka, gave her country’s experience in financing sustainable housing.
GC 22 President Everald Warmington
Kecia Rust, FinMark Trust, South Africa
Relu Fenechiu, Global Parliamentarian on Habitat, Romania
Irene Vance, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), moderated the session.
Dan Ericsson, Ministry of Finance, Sweden talked about the ‘land administration chain.’
Committee of the Whole
Tatsuo Seino, Japan
Agnes Kilabbala, Uganda
L-R: Inga Bjork-Klevby, Deputy Executive Director, UN-HABITAT; Franz-B Marre, Germany, President of the COW; and Mohamed Halfani, UN-HABITAT
Parliamentarians
The “Global Parliamentarians on Habitat” meeting convened all day to discuss their policy framework.
Oleny Charles Ojok, Member of Parliament, Uganda
Markendey Rai, UN-HABITAT
Mariam Nalubega, Acting Chair of the session
Marianne Lateste, Association of European Parliamentarians for Africa
Participants during the session.
Press Conference
A press conference initiated by the press revisited GC 22’s special theme of promoting affordable housing finance systems in an urbanizing world in the face of the global financial crisis and climate change.
L-R: Ayanthi  Gurusinghe, Emerging Market Group, Sri Lanka; Irene Vance, CGAP; Christine Platt, Commonwealth Association of Planners; and Adam Kimisa, Junior Mayor of Dar-es- Salaam, Tanzania
Irene Vance highlighted issues raised in the morning session on the GC’s theme.
Sharad Shankardass, UN-HABITAT, moderated the press conference.
Members of the press raise questions during the interactive session.
Adam Kimisa noted that developing countries address other priority issues before climate change.
Parallel Events during the afternoon interval
Participants at the ‘Global Land Tool Network partnership on developing and testing gender criteria in large-scale tool assessment’ meeting.
A participant during the UrbanInfo session.
Participants at the ‘UrbanInfo: statistical and spatial monitoring slums’ session.
Participants of the ‘Latin America and the Caribbean ‘Towards social cohesion and citizen security policies’ meeting have lunch after the session.
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Daily web coverage
30 March - 31 March - 1 April - 2 April - 3 April
Related Links
UN-HABITAT resources
Meeting webpage
Provisional agenda
Background documents
Pre-session documents
Report on UN-HABITAT GC 21

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