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18 April 2011   HTML version PDF format
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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 Friday, 15 April 2011

On Friday morning, the closing plenary of GC-23 convened. Delegates heard reports from the COW and the Drafting Committee on their work during GC-23. The plenary then adopted the draft reports of the COW (HSP/GC/23/CW/L.1 and Add.1) and of GC-23 (HSP/GC/23/L.12 and Adds.1-2). The plenary also adopted 18 of the 19 draft resolutions before GC-23, with one of the resolutions (HSP/GC/23/CRP.7/Rev.1) having been withdrawn by the proposing country.

The 18 resolutions adopted by GC-23 were on issues relating to: gender equality and empowerment of women in sustainable urban development; human settlements development in the Occupied Palestinian Territory; support for pro-poor housing; access to quality urban public spaces; the World Urban Forum; the implementation of the Bamako Declaration and Action Plan and strengthening of the African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development; urban youth development; the third UN conference on housing and sustainable urban development; strategies and frameworks for improving the lives of slum dwellers beyond the MDGs target; future activities of UN-HABITAT in urban economy and financial mechanisms for urban upgrading, housing and basic services for the urban poor; UN-HABITAT’s work programme and budget for the biennium 2012-2013; implementation of the Guidelines on Access to Basic Services For All and the Guidelines on Decentralisation and Strengthening of Local Authorities; governance of UN-HABITAT; safer cities and urban crime prevention; country activities by UN-HABITAT; formulation of a global housing strategy; expanding equitable access to land, housing, basic services and infrastructure; and natural disaster risk reduction, preparedness, prevention and mitigation.

GC President Vincent Karega (Rwanda) gaveled GC-23 to a close at 12.10pm.

Please return to this page on Monday, 18 April 2011 to access the Briefing Note from the session.

View of the UNEP Headquarters, venue for the forum.
Daily Highlights
Monday, 11 April- Tuesday, 12 April- Wednesday, 13 April- Thursday, 14 April- Friday, 15 April- Summary
Joan Clos, UN-HABITAT Executive Director, giving his closing remarks.
Delegates congratulated Inga Björk-Klevby, Deputy Executive Director, UN-HABITAT, at the end of her 5-year tour of duty.
GC-23 President Vincent Karega, Rwanda, gaveled the meeting to a close at 12:10 pm.
UN-HABITAT Executive Director Clos shakes hands with GC-23 President Karega at the end of the session.
Delegates from Iran.

Part of the Kenyan delegation.

Participants during the closing plenary.

Participants during the closing plenary.

Messengers of Truth for water performed at the closing plenary.


Sharad Shankardass, UN-HABITAT moderated the session.
The dais during the press conference.
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*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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