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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 sign at the entrance to UN offices in Nairobi
Daily web coverage
30 March - 31 March - 1 April - 2 April - 3 April
Highlights for Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Delegates convened for the second day of the UN-HABITAT Governing Council on Tuesday, 31 March 2009. The Committee of the Whole (COW) met throughout the morning, while the high-level segment met all day. A drafting committee also met all day.
In the high-level segment and the COW, delegates continued debate on UN-HABITAT activities, discussed the GC 22 special theme and considered UN-HABITAT’s work programme and the budget for the biennium 2010-2011. The drafting committee considered inter alia the World Urban Forum, guidelines on access to basic services for all and south-south cooperation in human settlements.
Various parallel events took place including the Commonwealth Consultative Group on Human Settlements, and the Dialogue for Investing in Youth-Led Development.
Morning Session
Maher Ghnaim, Palestinian National Authority
Sunil Kumar Singh, India, noted that the number of housing units required in urban areas in India is rapidly increasing.
Mohammed Najib Benyahia, Morocco
Ivy Luhanga, Malawi, appreciated efforts made by donors to assist Malawi in creating sustainable housing.
Delegates listening to an overview of UN-HABITAT’s programme of work and budget for the biennium 2010-2011 in the COW.
Delegates in informal consultations
Commonwealth Consultative Group on Human Settlements meeting

Participants discussed the progress report and strategic plan 2007-2010 of the Commonwealth Action on Human Settlements (ComHabitat) and ComHabitat’s work on the State of the Cities report.
The Botswana delegation.
ComHabitat representatives.
Participants during the event.
The Dialogue on Investing in Youth-Led Development

Participants explored the concept of youth-led development, with the aim of generating proposals that would sharpen the goals of the Opportunities Fund for Urban Youth-Led Development.
Dialogue participants
Press Conference
The dais during the press conference on ‘Enhancing the governance of safety at the municipal level through democratic policing’, hosted by UN –HABITAT, the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA) and the Swedish National Police Board. L-R: Knut Dreyer, Swedish National Police Board; Thomas Melin, SIDA; Alioune Badiane, UN-HABITAT; and Barrister Evrard, Mayor of Bujumbura, Burundi.
Afternoon Session
A bird’s-eye view of the ministerial segment.
Shulamith Gertel, Israel, said that her government supports the Habitat Special Human Settlements Programme for the Palestinian People.
The delegation from Burkina Faso.
Delegates in informal consultations.
Benny Tetamashimba, Minister of Local Government and Housing, Zambia, thanked delegates for honoring Zambia by electing a Zambian Vice President for GC 22.
Participants before the start of the afternoon sessions.
Around the Conference
Delegates arrive for the second day of UN-HABITAT’s Governing Council meeting.
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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