Highlights and images of main proceedings for 29 May 2019

Kenya

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Highlights for Wednesday, 29 May 2019

(L-R): Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed, Yemen; President Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya; Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Fiji; UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif; President Salva Kiir, South Sudan; and Monica Juma, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kenya

GP2019On Wednesday, the first UN-Habitat Assembly (UNHA 1) hosted its High-Level Segment. The opening session featured statements from: Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya; Salva Kiir, President of South Sudan; Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji; and Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed, Prime Minister of Yemen. UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif and UNHA 1 President Martha Delgado Peralta also made opening remarks.Three high-level interactive thematic dialogues took place during the day, focusing on:

  • innovation for better quality of life in cities and communities;
  • implementation, partnerships and good practices for cities and communities; and
  • investing in urban innovation for business.
  • The drafting committee continued its work, addressing draft resolutions on: gender equality to support inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable cities; UN system-wide guidelines on safer cities; and enhancing urban-rural linkages for sustainable urbanization and human settlements. A draft resolution on access to, and the interrelationship between, urban social infrastructure was briefly discussed. A number of events took place throughout the day. The Partnerships and Pledging Conference aimed at attracting additional funds for the implementation of UN-Habitat’s work programme, raised over USD 150 million. The Local and Regional Governments Forum discussed the role of local authorities in implementing the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the 2030 Agenda.Three youth events shared innovative ideas and projects; discussed the participation of young people in peace processes, dispute resolution, and conflict prevention; and highlighted successes of youth-led development in Latin America. Four events were held on the City Stage on: public participation in urban and public space design; uptake of water and sanitation innovations; art as a solution; and housing innovation of inclusive cities. A Women’s event provided a platform for sharing new approaches, key events, and engagement opportunities for grassroots women, women leaders, and organizations.Two press conferences focused on the Partnerships and Pledging Conference, and the 10th World Urban Forum (WUF 10) as well as the case of illegal waste in Ngong Town, Kajiado County, Kenya. Ten side events were held at lunchtime, focusing on, inter alia:

  • science, technology, innovation, and human behavior;
  • localizing the NUA and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • building climate resilience for the urban poor;
  • strengthening urban finance for sustainable development;
  • human rights-based approaches to meet the SDGs and NUA targets for women, youth, and children; and
  • the humanitarian-development-peace nexus and resilience in Arab cities.
  • In the evening, a reception was organized by the United Arab Emirates as host country of WUF 10.

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    High-Level Segment
    Delegates gather in plenary for the High-Level Segment
    UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif
    Martha Delgado Peralta, UNHA 1 President
    Moderator Julie Gichuru, Media Personality, Kenya
    President Salva Kiir, South Sudan
    Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed, Yemen
    Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Fiji
    President Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya
    Heads of State sign a graffiti murial painted by young women as a keepsake for UNHA 1
    High-Level Interactive Strategic Dialogue: Creating an Enabling Environment for Innovation through Policy
    Panel speakers for the event (L-R): Moderator Julie Gichuru; Wallis Goelen, European Commission; Irene Campos Gómez, Minister of Housing and Human Settlement, Costa Rica; Fatimetou Abdel Malick, President, Nouakchott Regional Council; Siraj Sait, Director, University of East London; and Elin Olsson, State Secretary to the Minister for Financial Markets and Housing, Sweden
    Elin Olsson, State Secretary to the Minister for Financial Markets and Housing, Sweden
    Fatimetou Abdel Malick, President, Nouakchott Regional Council
    Wallis Goelen, European Commission
    Siraj Sait, Director, University of East London
    High-Level Interactive Strategic Dialogue: Implementation, Partnerships and Good Practices for Cities and Communities
    Panel speakers (L-R): Moderator Julie Gichuru; Joyce Msuya, Acting Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP); Noraini Binti Roslan, Mayor of Subang Java, Malaysia; Ridwan Kamil, Governor of West Java, Indonesia; Basim bin Yacoub Al‐Hamer, Minister of Housing, Bahrain; Cezanne Maherali, Head of Policy East Africa, Uber; and Alex Awiti, The Aga Khan University, Kenya
    Cezanne Maherali, Head of Policy East Africa, Uber
    Noraini Binti Roslan, Mayor of Subang Jaya, Malaysia
    Alex Awiti, The Aga Khan University, Kenya
    Basim bin Yacoub Al‐Hamer, Minister of Housing, Bahrain
    Joyce Msuya, Acting Executive Director, UNEP
    High-Level Interactive Strategic Dialogue: Investing in Urban Innovation
    Panel speakers (L-R): Moderator Julie Gichuru; Shimoy Hajare, Youth Representative; Marc Collins Chen, Co‐Founder and CEO, Oceanix; Marina Klemensiewicz, Secretary of Urban Infrastructure, Ministry of Interior, Argentina; Ullrich Sierau, Mayor of Dortmund, Germany; James Hanna, Director of Data Center Community Development, Microsoft; and François Pitti, Director for Innovation, Bouygues, France
    Shimoy Hajare, Youth Representative
    Marc Collins Chen, Co‐Founder and CEO, Oceanix
    James Hanna, Director of Data Center Community Development, Microsoft
    Marina Klemensiewicz, Secretary of Urban Infrastructure, Ministry of Interior, Argentina
    Special Events
    Partnerships and Pledging Conference (L-R): Moderator Julie Gichuru; Naser Khraibut, Kuwait; Lars Gronveld, Director-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission; Irene Campos Gómez, Minister of Housing and Human Settlement, Costa Rica; Armand Roland Pierre Béouindé, Mayor of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Alexandre Pinho, Microsoft, Portugal
    Pins are placed on a world map to indicate where pledges have been made towards UN-Habitat's work.
    The total contributions of all pledges are tracked throughout the day as new commitments are made.
    The Local and Regional Governments Forum focused on the role of local and regional governments in implementing Agenda 2030 and how the NUA constitutes an accelerator to achieve the SDGs at the local level.
    Dignitaries around the venue
    President Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya, arrives at the UN Office at Nairobi (UNON).
    Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed, Yemen
    President Salva Kiir, South Sudan
    Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Fiji
    Dignitaries sign the UNON Guestbook, a record of all Heads of State and Government who have visited the campus.
    The dignitaries meet informally before the start of the High-Level Segment.
    Susannah Price, Head of Communications Branch, UN-Habitat Secretariat, interviews Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed, Yemen, during a press conference.
    Around the Venue
    Presidential security around the venue
    Yunus Arikan, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (L), speaks with a delegate
    Elkin Velasquez Monsalve, Regional Director of UN-Habitat in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Doug Ragan, Youth and Livelihoods, UN-Habitat
    Shipra Narang-Suri, Urban Planning and Design Branch, UN-Habitat
    UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif and Monica Juma, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kenya
    Representatives from the #BeatAirPollution campaign encourage delegates to 'join the mask challenge' to help raise awareness about the need for healthier cities.
    A photographic exhibition captures how human habitation influences all areas of life.
    Displays around the venue provide information about the work of UN-Habitat in different fields.

    Participants

    Non-state coalitions
    Youth