- 01 Jun 2019
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India is elected to the Executive Board of the first UN-Habitat Assembly at the Plenary Session of the Assembly being held in Nairobi.
- The theme: for the UN-Habitat Assembly is "Innovation for Better Quality of Life in Cities and Communities".
- 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.
- Mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1978 to address the issues of urban growth, it is a knowledgeable institution on urban development processes and understands the aspirations of cities and their residents.
The outcome of the UN-Habitat Assembly
- Contributions: of more than $152 million towards making cities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, by the member countries.
- Communities, cities or towns that improve their solid waste management and reduce their waste management expenditure will be publicly recognised as ‘Waste-Wise Cities’.
- The initiative asks communities, cities and towns around the world to “rethink, reduce, recycle, refuse and reuse waste”.
- The strategic plan of the UN human settlements programme for the period 2020–2025 is presented. The plan aims to advance sustainable urbanisation as a driver of development and peace, to improve living conditions for all.
- Participating nations also presented their statements on efforts to promote the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and sustainable urban development.
- Asian and African countries like India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Rwanda and Uruguay presented an overview of the national policies and practices.
- Venezuela suggested considering social housing as an important public good.
- Korea stressed the potential of artificial intelligence and virtual reality technology to address urban problems.
- The United Nations Human Settlements Programme is the United Nations programme for human settlements and sustainable urban development.
- It was established in 1978 as an outcome of the First UN Conference on Human Settlements and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat I) held in Vancouver, Canada, in 1976.
- UN-Habitat maintains its headquarters at the United Nations Office at Nairobi, Kenya.
- It is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.
- It is a member of the United Nations Development Group. The mandate of UN-Habitat derives from the Habitat Agenda, adopted by the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1996.
- The twin goals of the Habitat Agenda are:
- Adequate shelter for all.
- The development of sustainable human settlements in an urbanizing world.