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POSITIONING UN-HABITAT TO HELP MEET THE URBAN CHALLENGE. Anna Tibaijuka Executive Director UN-HABITAT Seville, 15-16 October 2008. Sustainable Urbanisation. 1996: Habitat Agenda and the Istanbul Declaration 2000: Millennium Declaration and slum improvement target

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positioning un habitat to help meet the urban challenge
POSITIONING UN-HABITAT TO HELP MEET THE URBAN CHALLENGE

Anna TibaijukaExecutive DirectorUN-HABITATSeville, 15-16 October 2008

sustainable urbanisation
Sustainable Urbanisation
  • 1996: Habitat Agenda and the Istanbul Declaration
  • 2000: Millennium Declaration and slum improvement target
  • 2001: Istanbul+5 and renewed commitment to Habitat Agenda
  • 2002: “Sustainable Urbanisation” outcome of WUF I for WSSD Sanitation included as an IADG
  • 2003/4: Flagship Reports show scale of slum growth, urban poverty and deprivation
  • 2005: World Summit Outcome calls for slum prevention to complement slum improvement target
  • 2005: Flagship Report on Financing Urban Shelter warns of systemic risks in over-extending housing finance
  • 2006/7: UN-Habitat inputs to CSD show linkages between chaotic urbanisation, global warming & competing demands for land, water and energy
  • 2008: Bali highlights sustainable urbanisation as important strategy for climate change mitigation
  • 2008: Food, fuel and US sub-prime mortgage crises all linked to urban sustainability issues
strengthening un habitat
Strengthening UN-Habitat
  • 1996: Habitat II, Habitat Agenda and normative mandate
  • 1997/8: UNCHS (Habitat) in crisis, several proposals for strengthening management and governance structure
  • 1999: Re-vitalisation plan approved

GA re-instates ED position for UN-Habitat

  • 2001: Istanbul+5 renewed commitment to Habitat Agenda

GA 56/206 elevates status of UN-Habitat and calls for its strengthening to fulfil its mandate

  • 2002: ED of UN-Habitat becomes member of CEB
  • 2004: Report of OIOS in-depth progammatic review calls for programme focus and alignment
  • 2005: GC 20 calls for MTSIP
  • 2006: UN-Habitat prepares comprehensive Plan
  • 2007: GC endorses MTSIP, also calls for review of governance structure

CPR endorses MTSIP Action Plan

  • 2008: Implementation of kick-start phase of Action Plan

2010-2011 Work Programme aligned with MTSIP

horizoning the cities climate change challenge
Horizoning:The Cities & Climate Change Challenge
  • 21 of 33 of the world’s largest cities are coastal
  • 50% increase in extreme weather events affecting cities (1950-1990)
  • 13% of world’s urban population lives in low elevation coastal zones
  • 100 million people live less than 1 meter above sea level
  • Most vulnerable are slum dwellers and urban poor
  • Urban areas consume @75% of the world’s energy
  • Urban areas produce @75% of all waste including a large portion of Green House Gas emissions
what next
What Next?
  • Consolidate gains and focus on achievement of results
  • Further strengthen instruments for programme alignment & delivery
  • Implement new partnership strategy and resource mobilisation strategy
  • Set priorities for next phase of Delivering as One UN
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