Highlights and images for 28 May 2019



Highlights for Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Delegates consult informally during the first session of the Drafting Committee

GP2019 On Tuesday, the UN-Habitat Assembly continued its deliberations at the UN Office at Nairobi (UNON), Kenya. Delegates listened to regional and national statements, which focused on efforts to promote the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and sustainable urban development. The Drafting Committee commenced its deliberations, addressing draft resolutions on:

  • achieving gender equality through the work of UN-Habitat to support inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable cities and human settlements;
  • arrangements for the transition towards the new governance structure of UN-Habitat;
  • the strategic plan for the period 2020–2025; and
  • enhancing capacity building for the implementation of the NUA and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities).
  • A number of events took place throughout the day. Two special events focused on the Gender Forum on Women and the NUA, and the One United Nations Dialogue respectively. Three youth events convened and considered ways to develop people-centered partnerships, technology use, and the inclusion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, and intersex (LGBTI) community in sustainable urbanization. Five events were held on the City Stage, highlighting: the future of storytelling; partnerships with academia to leverage local innovations; sustainable energy for urban communities and urban policy action tools; innovative governance in public housing policies; and resilient housing to achieve resilient communities. Two press conferences discussed the Waste Wise Cities Campaign and the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme. Additionally, two press center events addressed intermediary cities and the reduction of social and spatial inequalities in Morocco, and innovative ways to achieve SDG 11 in Brazil.Ten side events were held at lunchtime, focusing, inter alia, on:

  • low-carbon and resilient urban infrastructure;
  • accelerated implementation of the NUA to contribute towards achieving the SDGs;
  • open data and tools for the NUA as well as integrated and sustainable urban mobility;
  • creating safe and inclusive cities with and for girls in the NUA;
  • enhancing inclusive economy and reducing spatial inequality in West Java, Indonesia; and
  • funding mechanisms to reduce inequalities and poverty.
  • IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and also produced a summary report from the 1st Session of the UN-Habitat Assembly, which is available in HTML and PDF.

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    Delegates gather in plenary to hear national statements
    UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif
    Martha Delgado Peralta, UNHA 1 President
    Bernard Wasantha, Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Construction, and Cultural Affairs, Sri Lanka
    Ni Hong, Vice Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, China
    Ildemaro Villarroel, People's Power Minister for Housing and Habitat, Venezuela
    Irene Campos Gómez, Minister of Housing and Human Settlement, Costa Rica
    Hajah Zuraida Kamaruddin, Minister of Housing and Local Government, Malaysia
    Gina Lawson Roosalem, Minister of Habitat and Housing, Central African Republic
    Kobebe Taitai, Minister of Internal Affairs, Kiribati
    Abdelahad Fassi Fihri, Minister of National and Urban Planning, Housing, and City Policy, Morocco
    Angeline Mabula, Deputy Minister of Lands, Housing, and Human Settlements Development, Tanzania
    Dragan Zupanjevac, Permanent Representative of Serbia to UNEP and UN-Habitat
    Susanne Dorasil, Head, Division Water, Urban Development, Mobility, Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
    Special Events Throughout the Day
    One United Nations Dialogue - Implementing the UN System-wide Strategy on Sustainable Urban Development (L-R): UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif; Joyce Msuya, Acting Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP); Mounir Tabet, UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (UNESCWA); Martha Delgado Peralta, UNHA 1 President; Elin Olsson, State Secretary to the Minister for Financial Markets and Housing and Environment, Sweden; Mukhisa Kituyi, Director-General, UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); Charles Hinga, Kenya; and Moderator Chris Williams, UN-Habitat
    Mukhisa Kituyi, Director-General, UNCTAD
    Mounir Tabet, UNESCWA
    Gender Forum on Women and the New Urban Agenda
    Youth Event: Inclusion of the LGBTI community in sustainable urbanization - building on and implementing the 'LGBTI Declaration Towards Sustainable Urbanization' made at UN-Habitat III
    Drafting Committee
    Delegates read the draft resolutions on the screen during the Drafting Committee meeting
    Fernando Coimbra, Chair of the Drafting Committee
    Kirsten Hommes, EU
    Grigorii Ustinov, Russian Federation
    Kevin Nelson, US
    Delegates consult during the session
    Around the Venue
    Delegates meet informally before the start of plenary
    Joyce Msuya, Acting Executive Director, UNEP
    A model structure of the Makoko Floating System (MFS) is an example of how prefabricated, modular and floating timber structures can be assembled to address rapidly expanding urban development
    Delegates walk through the exhibition area which hosts more than 80 exhibitions about urban planning and design
    Delegates attend an evening reception hosted by the Government of Kenya


    Negotiating blocs
    European Union
    Non-state coalitions