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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 Monday, 11 April 2011

The 23rd Session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) opened on Monday, 11 April. Delegates met in a morning plenary to hear welcoming and opening statements. Delegates were treated to a musical presentation titled “My Musical Korogocho” performed by Ghetto Classic, youth from a low-income residential area in Nairobi, and also watched a video presentation of UN-HABITAT's contribution to the rebuilding of Haiti after the earthquake, through a musical competition for reconstruction in Haiti, titled “My neighbourhood as I dream it.”

In the morning and afternoon, the high-level segment addressed: activities of UN-HABITAT, including coordination matters; the special theme of GC-23; and the work programme and budget for the biennium 2012-2013. The Committee of the Whole met in the afternoon to discuss activities of UN-HABITAT, including coordination matters.

View of the UNEP Headquarters, venue for the forum.
View of the opening session.
Daily Highlights
Monday, 11 April- Tuesday, 12 April- Wednesday, 13 April- Thursday, 14 April- Friday, 15 April- Summary
Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-HABITAT, presented his new vision for UN-HABITAT.
Kenya's President H.E. Mwai Kibaki officially opened the 23rd Session of the UN-HABITAT Governing Council.
Outgoing GC-22 President Clifford Warmington, Jamaica, welcomed delegates to the session.
A view of the dais during the opening session.
Vincent Karega, Rwanda, was elected as GC-23 President.
Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, welcomed the partnership between UNEP and UN-HABITAT.
Inga Björk-Klevby, Deputy Executive Director, UN-HABITAT, read a message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Delegates listening to the opening address by Kenya's president.

The group, Ghetto Classic, from Korogocho (a low income area in Nairobi) entertained delegates during the opening session.

Ana Maria Sampaio Fernandes, Brazil
Gerardo Carrillo, Venezuela

Tirop Kosgey, Kenya

Nerissa Cook, US

Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, UN-HABITAT
COW Chair Liu Guangyuan, China
Mohamed Halfani, UN-HABITAT
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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