When: 8 – 12 May 2017
Where: United Nations Offices in Nairobi, Kenya
The twenty-sixth session of the Governing Council of UN-Habitat is taking place from 8 – 12 May 2017, at the United Nations Offices in Nairobi, Kenya. This session of the Governing Council follows the adoption of the New Urban Agenda during the Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016.
Participation in the Governing Council is open to all Member States and relevant stakeholders, including parliamentarians, civil society organizations, local authorities, professionals and researchers, academia, foundations, women and youth groups, trade unions, indigenous peoples organizations, financial institutions, and the private sector; as well as organizations of the United Nations system and Intergovernmental Organizations.
The twenty-sixth session, as has been the case in the past sessions, will mostly comprise of a plenary divided in to: a. high-level for the first and second days and b. a dialogue of Governments with local authorities and other stakeholders to be held on the third day, based upon a theme selected by the Bureau of the Governing Council. This is in addition to the sessional committees that may be established by the Governing Council.
The theme of the twenty-sixth session of the Governing Council (GC26) is as follows; ‘Opportunities for the effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda’
The sub-themes for the GC26 are as follows;
- Sub-theme 1: ‘Towards inclusive, sustainable and adequate housing for a better future’
- Sub-theme 2: ‘Synergies and financing for sustainable urbanization’
- Sub-theme 3: ‘Integrated human settlements planning for sustainable urbanization’
Other key issues to be discussed at the twenty-sixth session include,
- The activities of UN-Habitat, including coordination matters
- Review of the Outcome of the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)
- The work programme and budget of UN-Habitat for the biennium 2018-2019;
UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all.
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