NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 – A weeklong global urbanization meeting is set to kick off in Nairobi on Monday with four Heads of State, over 40 ministers, and high-level representatives from some 116 nations expected to attend.
Some 3,187 participants had registered for the First Session of the United Nations-Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) Assembly – the highest-level decision-making body on sustainable urbanization and human settlements – by May 16.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to formally open the global assembly on Monday and later on Wednesday participate in a high-level strategic dialogue with other Heads of State and government among them South Sudan’s Salva Kiir, and Prime Ministers Frank Bainimarama (Fiji) and Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr (Yemen).
A ministerial round-table to mobilise commitments by national governments on UN Secretary General António Guterres’ Climate Action Summit 2019 has also been slated.
Other events will include a partnership and pledging conference in support of Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda – a 2016 Quito Declaration on sustainable cities and human settlements for all.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta is scheduled to host a gender breakfast.
UN-Habitat Executive Director and Under Secretary-General Maimunah Sharif had said national governments, sub-national governments, business leaders, and Non-Governmental Organisations from UN members States will attend the five-day event during which participants will consider proposals for sustainable urbanisation.
Some 168 city mayors and governors, 378 non-governmental organizations, over 200 private sector players, and 20 foundations are among participants who have confirmed attendance.
“Member States will agree on standards, pass resolutions and ministerial declarations which will set out how we can improve life in towns and cities, and human settlements for everyone especially the most vulnerable,” she pointed out.
The UN-Habitat Country Programme has supported 30 projects nationwide valued at $14.2 million since 2013.
Nineteen of the projects estimated to be worth $8.6 million have been since been completed.