On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, the Executive Board of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme meeting commenced at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), Kenya.
Agenda Item 1: Opening of the Meeting
The meeting began with opening remarks by the Chair of the Executive Board, Mr. Daniel Carl of the United States of America , who noted that the Executive Board during its first meeting on 30 May 2019, on the side-lines of the UN-Habitat Assembly, decided to suspend the first meeting and to resume from 18 to 20 November 2019. He also noted that the Bureau of the Executive Board met three times:
The Bureau recommended during its meetings that the resumed meeting of the Executive Board should be held from 19 - 20 November 2019. His remarks were followed by a statement from UN-Habitat Executive Director Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif who provided an update on UN-Habitat’s current reform process with respect to the organization’s financial situation and stressed the importance of working with Member States to build up competency, accountability, transparency, efficiency and effectiveness of the agency.
She also thanked Member States, particularly Norway, Sweden and Kenya for their continued financial support. However, the Executive Director emphasized that the “organization is not out of the woods yet” with respect to the deficit realized and pleaded with the Member States to continue supporting the strengthening and long-term sustainability of UN-Habitat.
The opening statements concluded with remarks by Hon. Chris Obure, on behalf of the Republic of Kenya’s Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. James Macharia who committed to supporting the work of UN-Habitat and encouraged Member States to pledge financially to UN-Habitat.