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Fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women  
Nairobi
“Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work”, the review theme of the 58th session of the CSW, represents one of the main challenges of all the human settlements worldwide and is central in the work of UN-Habitat.
 UN-Habitat DED Statement for CSW English 20-Mar-14
Commonwealth Youth Forum Opening ceremony: Statement by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations  
Entebbe, Uganda
I am very excited to be back in Uganda. Last year I was here in April when I had the privilege to address the commonwealth meeting on Africa’s urbanization crisis. It is an honor and a privilege for me to be here with you today at this Commonwealth Youth Forum I wish to congratulate the Commonwealth Youth Council for organizing this youth forum which will provide a platform for young people to contribute to the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth Heads of Government agendas. I am pleased that this forum also provides an independent platform for youth representatives to consider their agenda at the same time as the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting.
 Statement by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations English 14-Nov-07
Statement by Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director New York – 03 November 2009  

It is an honour to report to you today with an update of the activities of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme.
Statement of the Executive Director, UN-HABITAT On the occasion of World Habitat Day 2009  

We have chosen the theme, Planning our Urban Future, for World Habitat Day 2009 for a simple but very important reason: In many parts of our world urban planning systems have changed very little. Indeed, they are often contributors to urban problems rather than tools for human and environmental improvement.
 English English
 Spanish Español 20-Aug-09
 Arabic العربية 20-Aug-09
 French Français 20-Aug-09
 Chinese 中文 20-Aug-09
 Russian русский 24-Aug-09
Address by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Under-secretary-General of the United Nations Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, on the occasion of the World Urban Youth Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, 19 March 2010  

This is a great achievement! My congratulations to you all for it is thanks to your hard work and your political lobbying that has ensured the voices and messages of the youth get into the process of the World Urban Forum.
 Address by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Undersecretary-General of the United Nations Executive Director of UN-HABITAT,on the occasion of the World Urban Youth Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, 19 March 2010 English 19-Mar-10
Address by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT on the occasion of the Gender and Women Roundtable in Rio de Janeiro, Wednesday 24 March 2010  
Rio de Janeiro
If women do not feel safe, the city is unsafe. And this means providing safety from the home and all those places in between—streets, parks, schools, neighbourhoods and other public spaces. It must be a continuum – from door to door, day and night.
 Address by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka,Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT on the occasion of the Gender and Women Roundtable in Rio de Janeiro English 24-Mar-10
International Youth Day 12 August 2011, Statement by Dr. Joan Clos, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations,Executive Director of UN-HABITAT  
Nairobi, Kenya
We mark the annual International Youth Day at a time of sadness for the tragic murders of youth leaders in Norway, but with the hope that more young people around the world will carry the torch for freedom, democracy and good governance. Our young generations are the future, and we need all their vitality, creativity and optimism.
 International Youth Day 12 August 2011, Statement by Dr. Joan Clos, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations,Executive Director of UN-HABITAT English 12-Aug-11
Opening Address by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT & Director General, UN Office at Nairobi, on the occasion of the Youth Dialogue on "I am Kenya, I am Peace, Lets Talk"  
UN Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
I know that many of you have come here at considerable personal risk to join us here today. I want to thank you for your courage and sacrifice. I want you to know that you honour us by gracing the United Nations headquarters in Africa with your presence, for as you know, after New York, Geneva and Vienna, we are the only UN headquarters in the developing world.
The Emerging Global Order: The City As A Catalyst For Stability And Sustainability, Address by, Dr. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary General of the United Nations, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT  
Berlin
It is a privilege for me to join you at this important symposium on the crisis of governance. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Dr. Ernst Uhrlau, the President of BND for according me the honour of sharing the podium with His Excellency Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble at this opening session.
Executive Director's Message  

The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October each year as World Habitat Day. It is an occasion to reflect on the state of human settlements and the basic right to adequate shelter for all.
Address to the Africities Summit by Mrs. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director, UN-HABITAT  
Yaoundé, Cameroon
I wish to open my remarks by saying thank you to His Excellency Paul Biya, President of the Republic of Cameroon and members of his government; His Excellency President Joachim Chissano, President of Mozambique and current Chairman of the African Union; other Honourable Ministers and members of the Government of Cameroon; the Ministers of Finance, and Local Government in charge of decentralisation from around Africa; His Worship, the Honourable Arthur Hussene Canana, the Mayor of Maputo and Chairman of the Political Committee of Africities 2003; Chairman Nicolas Amougou Noma, the Government Delegate for Yaoundé Urban Community; Your Worships the Mayors, and Honourable Councillors; Members of the Diplomatic Corps; the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Sister UN Organizations; and, representatives of our bilateral and multi-lateral partners.
 Discours liminaire prononcé au "Sommet Africités" à Yaoundé (Cameroun) Français 2-Dec-03
Statement by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT on the occasion of the high level segment of the Tripartite ACP/EC/UN-HABITAT conference.  
Nairobi,Kenya
As we gather today for this high-level segment of the first conference between the ACP, the European Commission, and UN-HABITAT, I want us to look into the future and think hard of the many problems of poverty, the economic crisis and the growing threats of climate change disasters that afflict our cities in this first truly urban century of our human existence.
Address by Kalyan Ray, Special Advisor to the Executive Director, on behalf of the Executive Director On the occasion of the opening plenary of the first Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Human Settlements  
New Delhi
Thank you Secretary Shri Issar for your welcoming remarks. It is a great honour to address this opening session of the first ever Asia-Pacific Ministers’ Conference on Housing and Human Settlements. UN-HABITAT is proud to co-host this meeting with the Government of India.
Forum on SUSTAINABLE URBANIZATION IN THE INFORMATION AGE Role of Infrastructure in Metropolitan Development Address by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN-HABITAT 13 May 2009, United Nations Headquarters, New York ECOSOC  

First of all, I would like to say what a personal and professional privilege it is for me to join you this morning to discuss this most important topic. My special thanks go to UNDESA, the Global Alliance for ICT and Development, the Regional Plan Association (RPA), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York Chapter for fostering this initiative of which we are proud to be associated with.
 SUSTAINABLE URBANIZATION IN THE INFORMATION AGE Role of Infrastructure in Metropolitan Development Address by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN-HABITAT 13 May 2009, United Nations Headquarters, New York ECOSOC English
The Executive Director's message on the occasion of World Habitat Day  
Nairobi, Kenya
Every year on the first Monday in October we use World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of the world’s growing cities and our planet’s rapid and irreversible urbanisation. We worry not only whether we can manage this growth, but how we can do it positively in a way that makes cities inclusive, welcoming places for all.
 World Habitat Day Message from Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director, UN-HABITAT English 2-Oct-06
 The Executive Director's message on the occasion of World Habitat Day Español 2-Oct-06
 The Executive Director's message on the occasion of World Habitat Day العربية 2-Oct-06
 The Executive Director's message on the occasion of World Habitat Day Français 2-Oct-06
 The Executive Director's message on the occasion of World Habitat Day 中文 2-Oct-06
 The Executive Director's message on the occasion of World Habitat Day русский 2-Oct-06
Statement By Mrs Anna Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary General And Executive Director,UN-HABITAT At The African Ministerial Conference On Housing And Urban Development, Abuja, Nigeria, 28-30 July, 2008.  
Abuja, Nigeria
I would like to thank your Government, Mr. President, for inviting UN-HABITAT to participate as a co-organizer of the Second African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD). Personally, and on behalf of my staff, I would like to convey our sincere appreciation for the warm reception and hospitality accorded to us. We are grateful for the elaborate arrangements you have made to bring the Ministers and staff from the continent to Abuja, your beautiful and great capital.
Address by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT on the occasion of the opening of the World Urban Forum Gender Equality Action Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Friday 19 March 2010  

Your Worship Mayor Eduardo Paes of Rio de Janeiro, Ms Lucia Maiera, Special Advisor of the Special Secretariat of Policies for Women, who is here on behalf of Honourable Nilcéa Freire, Minister of the Special Secretariat of Policies for Women, Presidency of the Federative Republic of Brazil,
 Address by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT on the occasion of the opening of the World Urban Forum Gender Equality Action Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Friday 19 March 2010 English 19-Mar-10
Statement from Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT on the event of the fire in Sinai slum. 13 September 2011  
Nairobi
On behalf of UN-HABITAT, I wish to express my deep condolences to the Government and people of Kenya and the families of those who were victims of Monday's fire, and my hopes for a speedy recovery to those who were injured. As our host country, UN-HABITAT feels a profound connection to the people of Kenya and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.
Discurso oficial del Dr. Joan Clos Secretario General Adjunto de Naciones Unidas Director Ejecutivo de UN-HABITAT Día Mundial del Hábitat 2011, 3 de Octubre 2011, Aguascalientes, México  
Aguascalientes, México
Es un placer para mí estar hoy aquí en Aguascalientes celebrando el Día Mundial del Hábitat. Permítanme, en primer lugar, agradecer al Gobierno de México, al del Estado de Aguascalientes y al municipio de Aguascalientes su apoyo en la organización de esta celebración internacional y su cooperación, esfuerzo y hospitalidad que nos han permitido reunirnos hoy aquí.
 Discurso oficial del Dr. Joan Clos Secretario General Adjunto de Naciones Unidas Director Ejecutivo de UN-HABITAT Día Mundial del Hábitat 2011, 3 de Octubre 2011, Aguascalientes, México Español 2-Oct-11
Statement by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations,Executive Director of UN-HABITAT Rafik Hariri UN-HABITAT Memorial Award and Lecture Series Inauguration in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday 23 March 2010  

It is indeed a great honour to be here today to celebrate the first Rafik Hariri Memorial Award that was yesterday presented to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, His Excellency Recep Erdogan. It is also my pleasure to inaugurate the Rafik Hariri Memorial Lecture Series.
Keynote Address on Sustainable urban development priorities and strategies by Dr. Joan Clos Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT at the 2011 Gwangju Summit of the Urban Environmental Accords  
Gwangju, South Korea
It is a pleasure and a privilege for me to be with you today to address the Gwangju Summit of the Urban Environmental Accords. I am happy to be in Korea this week, a country that has taken a lead in “walking the talk” on sustainable urbanization and climate change issues, combining efforts of local government, the private sector and academia. This great country harbours many shining examples of sustainable, inclusive, green and welcoming cities. If all cities were to follow in the footsteps of Korean Mayors, there would perhaps not be so many worries about the feasibility of reaching significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.
  Keynote Address on Sustainable urban development priorities and strategies by Dr. Joan Clos Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT at the 2011 Gwangju Summit of the Urban Environmental Accords English 16-Oct-11
WHD 2006 Kazan Executive Director's statement  
Kazan, Russia
It is a privilege and a pleasure to be here in Kazan celebrating the World Habitat Day. Since 1985, UN-HABITAT and partners have been commemorating this important day to reflect collectively about the challenges of achieving sustainable human settlements in a world that is becoming increasingly urbanized.
Welcoming address by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Executive Director UN-HABITAT Director General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON)at the opening of the 21st session of the Governing Council of UN-HABITAT  
Nairobi
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the opening session of the 21st session of the Governing Council in my current two capacities. Firstly, as the Director General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi, UNON, a responsibility bestowed upon me by the Secretary General last year after Dr. Klaus Toepfer retired. Speaking in that capacity, it is with great pleasure that for the second time this year, we are honored to welcome you, President Mwai Kibaki, to our UN Compound. Your personal presence is a testimony to the important support you are giving to the work of the UN in general, and in particular to the business covered by the UN environmental agencies headquartered here, namely UNEP and UN-HABITAT.
Address by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT at the closing ceremony of the fifth session of World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, 26 March 2010  
Rio de Janeiro
It is truly a very great honour for me and my colleagues at UN-HABITAT to have convened this fifth session of the World Urban Forum here in the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro. In terms of global participation, it has been by far the largest forum we have yet held. It has been also a gathering at which we heard many voices from every region of the world.
 Address by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT at the closing ceremony of the fifth session of World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, 26 March 2010 English 26-Mar-10
Welcoming Remarks by Dr. Joan Clos Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT on the Official Signing Ceremony for Collaboration between UN-HABITAT and Booyoung Co., Ltd. on 13 October 2011  

With a great pleasure and excitement, I am standing here today. Just now, Dr. Lee, Chairman of Booyoung, and I signed the contribution agreement, through which Booyoung committed USD 3 million to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), for our programmes and projects aiming at resolving the urban issues in the African countries.
  Welcoming Remarks by Dr. Joan Clos Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT on the Official Signing Ceremony for Collaboration between UN-HABITAT and Booyoung Co., Ltd. on 13 October 2011 English 16-Oct-11
Address by Mrs. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka  
Nairobi, Kenya
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you, and to express my sincere gratitude to you, Mr. President and to your Government, for offering to host the global celebrations of World Habitat Day this year - back in Nairobi, the headquarters of our Agency.
Congratulatory Remarks by Dr. Joan Clos Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT at the 2011 U-City World Forum on 13 October 2011  

The Forum’s vision - defining the concept of the city of the future, which is capable of enhancing the quality of life of the world’s urban population and contributing to sustainable development, is one of the main challenges that all countries face today. I therefore would like to congratulate you for taking up this important challenge. UN-HABITAT, the UN agency tasked to deal with urbanisation issues, can certainly make valuable contributions and stands ready to work with you.
 Congratulatory Remarks by Dr. Joan Clos Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT at the 2011 U-City World Forum on 13 October 2011 English 16-Oct-11
First International Forum on Dynamic Cities Need Women: Statement by Dr. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka,Under-Secretary-General & Executive Director, UN-HABITAT, Director-General, United Nations Office at Nairobi, Kenya  
Brussels, Belgium
It gives me great pleasure and honour to deliver a Keynote Address to this First International Forum on Dynamic Cities Need Women. It is indeed a privilege for me to share with you my views as a woman leader, activist and long time defender of women’s rights in Africa.
 ED's statement at Brussels Forum on Dynamic Cities Need Women English 11-Dec-07
Address by Dr. Joan Clos Under-Secretary-General of the United Nationsand Executive Director of UN-Habitat on the Occasion of the Sixth Session of the World Urban Forum  
Naples, Italy

 Address by Dr. Joan Clos Under-Secretary-General of the United Nationsand Executive Director of UN-Habitat on the Occasion of the Sixth Session of the World Urban Forum English 3-Sep-12
Welcoming address by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT at the reception co-hosted with the Government of the Federative Republic Brazil at 22nd session of the Governing Council of UN-HABITAT.  

I am delighted to say a big word of welcome to you all this evening. We are holding this event with thanks to the wonderful generosity of the Government of the Federal Government of Brazil, and the City of Rio de Janeiro, hosts to the fifth session of the World Urban Forum.
Executive Director’s message on World Habitat Day  
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The theme this year of World Habitat Day on 6 October spearheaded by the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro is water and sanitation. Never before has there been such clear international consensus that sustainable development starts with health and dignity. These fundamental conditions of human development cannot be met without sustained investment in safe water and basic sanitation.
Statement by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT at the opening ceremony of 1st joint conference of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of Countries  
Nairobi,Kenya
It is a great privilege for us that so many Honourable Ministers, Mayors and distinguished representatives making up more than 200 delegates from more than 50 countries have joined us here this week for this first ministerial-level conference of our three bodies.
Address to the Golden Spear 2005 Symposium on Civil-Military Cooperation in Disaster Management  
Nairobi
Mrs. Tibaijuka has asked me to apologise on her behalf for not being able to attend in person today because of another international commitment in her schedule. She has therefore asked me, as her representative, to deliver her message to this distinguished gathering on behalf of the United Nations. She wants me to share with you some of our views and insights on Civil-Military Cooperation in Disaster Management , the theme of this year's Golden Spear symposium.
 Address_to_the_Golden_Spear_2005_Symposium_on_Civil-Military_Cooperation_in_Disaster_Management-GoldenSpearEDSpeech.pdf English
Address to the Second Committee by Dr. Joan Clos Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director UN-Habitat on the 67th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. NewYork, 1st November 2012  

The preparatory process for Habitat III will place significant demands on Member States, UN-Habitat, and the UN system as a whole. As you may know already, in late August this year, the Secretary-General designated me as the Secretary-General for Habitat III. I am confident that I can count on the support of all Member States and UN agencies in this exciting but demanding journey towards Habitat III.
 Address to the Second Committee by Dr. Joan Clos Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director UN-Habitat on the 67th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations English 15-Nov-12
Closing Statement by Mrs. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, Executive Director, UN-HABITAT  
Nairobi
As an enormous universal gathering of faiths put away their differences and assembled in Rome to lay Pope John Paul II to rest, 827 delegates from 92 Member States, including 48 Member States of the Governing Council, 39 representatives of Local Governments and their organisations and 92 representatives of NGOs as well as participants from the UN system, IGOs, professional associations and the private sector, assembled in Nairobi to provide guidance to one of the United Nations’ key programmes in the fight against global poverty.
Address by Dr. Joan Clos Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT at the ISK Annual Dinner  
Nairobi
It is a great honour for me to share my thoughts with this relevant gathering of Land Professionals in Kenya, and especially on a topic that is very close to my heart, “the Role of Land Professionals in Tackling Informal Settlements”. I am sure you are aware that UN-Habitat is the United Nations agency mandated to promote socially sustainable urbanization in towns and cities. This includes tackling informal settlements, without which sustainable urbanization cannot be attained. 
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OPENING STATEMENT BY DR. JOAN CLOS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF UN-HABITAT AND HABITAT III SECRETARY-GENERAL  
N'djamena, Chad
It is my honour and great pleasure to address this Fifth Session of AMCHUD. At the onset, I would like to thank our generous hosts, the Government of the Republic of Chad and the City of N’Djamena, for their warm welcome and kind hospitality.
 OPENING STATEMENT BY DR. JOAN CLOS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF UN-HABITAT AND HABITAT III SECRETARY-GENERAL English 3-Mar-14
Statement By Ms. Anna Tibaijuka Under Secretary General & Executive Director at the occasion of commissioning UN-Habitat’s activities in Lira - Northern Uganda  
Lira
It is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to address you here today at the Igony Primary School in Lira.
Eve Woman of the Year Award  
Nairobi, Kenya
It gives me great pleasure to be here on the eve of International Women's Day. This is the day that women all over the world celebrate their achievements. And what could be more appropriate than to gather here in Nairobi to honour 10 Kenyan women award winners, and 30 nominees, who are a testament to women's courage and ability.
At the one-day policy forum of the Economic and Social Research Council and the Development Studies Association, London, Friday, 9 December 2005 , By Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka,Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director  
London, UK
It is a great honour to address you today as we come to the end of the year 2005, the Year of Africa. As a member of the Commission for Africa and as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for human settlements, I thank you for calling this meeting to see how we move beyond 2005 and turn promises into policy. Having devoted considerable effort to the report of the Commission for Africa, I am most anxious to ensure follow through and longer term commitment.
 At the one-day policy forum of the Economic and Social Research Council and the Development Studies Association, London, Friday, 9 December 2005 , By Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka,Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director English 9-Dec-05
Conférence Mondiale Sur la Réduction des Catastrophes [French]  
Kobé, Japon
Au nom d’ONU-HABITAT, l’agence des Nations Unies pour les villes et les autres Etablissements Humains, je voudrais tout d’abord exprimer notre profonde sympathie envers les gouvernements et les populations affectés par les terribles événements du 26 décembre dernier. Cette tragédie illustre une fois encore la vulnérabilité des établissements humains.
 Conférence Mondiale Sur la Réduction des Catastrophes [French] Français 19-Jan-05
SECURITY OF TENURE IN URBAN AFRICA: WHERE ARE WE, AND WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE  

The subject of land in Africa is both a critical and a sensitive one. UN-HABITAT’s global mandate covers all human settlement, although we are often known as the agency for cities. In the cities of the developing world, slum upgrading is one of our key tasks where security of tenure and land are of critical concern.
 SECURITY OF TENURE IN URBAN AFRICA English 8-Nov-04
Address to the occasion of the launch of the Slum Upgrading Facility  
Jakarta, Indonesia
I am greatly honoured to join you here today, and I express my sincere gratitude to you Mr. Vice-President and to your Government for so graciously offering to host the global celebration of World Habitat Day in this wonderful city of Jakarta.
 Address to the occasion of the launch of the Slum Upgrading Facility English 3-Oct-05
Statement by Dr. Anna Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Executive Director UN-HABITAT at the closing ceremony of the twenty-first session of the Governing Council of UN-HABITAT  
Nairobi
The twenty-first session of the Governing Council of UN-HABITAT met this week on the cusp of enormous change, both in the United Nations system and in our new urban era. Our new Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, has followed our proceedings closely. Indeed, as the Executive Board of the United Nations meets, my Deputy, Ambassador Inga Björk-Klevby is in Geneva to brief the Secretary General and the Board on these important deliberations and to explain how the cause of human settlements has entered centre stage on the international agenda. For 2007 will go down in history as the year in which half of humanity was living in towns and cities.
City-wide Residents’ Convention: SAFER NAIROBI HOME FOR ALL  
Nairobi, Kenya
We open today a crucial event on the way towards a Safer Nairobi. The topic of the Convention is of primary concern to the daily life of Nairobi residents, as it is for most urban dwellers around the world.
Statement by Dr. Anna Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Executive Director UN-HABITAT at the Closing session of Local to Local Dialogue 19 April 2007  


 Statement by Dr. Anna Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Executive Director UN-HABITAT at the Closing session of Local to Local Dialogue 19 April 2007 English 20-Apr-07
Conference on Land in Africa: Market Asset or Secure Livelihood?  
London, UK
Let me at the outset congratulate the organisers of this conference, namely the Royal African Society, the Natural Resources Institute and the IIED, for choosing such a critical topic and for bringing together people who want to help Africans to take their rightful place in the world. I thank you for inviting me to participate in this important conference and meet such distinguished company.
Closing Address of the Executive Director at The World Urban Forum, Second Session  
Barcelona
It is an honour and a privilege to present you with my statement concluding the Second World Urban Forum.On behalf of all the participants from all over the world, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Mayor Joan Clos and the City of Barcelona, the people of Catalonia and the Government of Spain for hosting our event in this wonderful and inspiring city.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Remarks at UNFCCC COP15 High Level Segment, 15 December 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark  

Before we begin, let us pause to reflect on how far we have come … to this defining moment in history.
Opening Speech at the Second World Urban Forum, 13 September 2004  
Barcelona, Spain
We are honoured that the World Urban Forum has been invited to be an integral part of the highly successful Universal Forum of Cultures. I wish to extend a special thank you to Mayor Joan Clos and the city of Barcelona, the people of Catalonia and the Government of Spain for their invitation to host this global gathering.
 
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