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28 May 2019 - 1st Session of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Assembly

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.
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