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Sustainable Local Government, Sustainable Development: Involving the Private Sector and NGOs  
South Africa
wish to begin my speech by acknowledging the leadership role taken by the Government of South Africa and His Excellency Thabo Mbeki, President of the Republic of South Africa, in promoting international development issues. It was only recently that the Government of South Africa hosted the World Summit for Sustainable Development and today the Commonwealth Local Government Forum Conference.
The Luncheon Meeting organized by the United Nations Foundation  
Washington D.C., US
I am truly happy that I could respond to this invitation from my friend Senator Tim Wirth. Tim joined me in Johannesburg during the World Summit on Sustainable Development last year. He brought a clear vision and a rare commitment for Africa to the Summit. I, therefore, owed him this trip.
22nd Meeting of the UNEP Governing Council  
Nairobi, Kenya
In time-honoured tradition, I have been invited by the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme to address the UNEP Governing Council. I, in turn, soon hope to welcome the Executive Director, Dr. Klaus Toepfer, to address the opening plenary of the 19th Session of the Governing Council of UN-HABITAT.
Fifth Heads of State Implementation Committee Meeting of NEPAD ECOWAS Secretariat  
Abuja, Nigeria
I am indeed grateful to President Olusegun Obasanjo of our host country, Nigeria, for the cordial invitation to address this, the Fifth Heads of State Implementation Committee Meeting of NEPAD.
Statement at the Second Committee of the 57th Session of the General Assembly  
New York, USA
Statement at the Second Committee of the 57th Session of the General Assembly
 Statement at the Second Committee of the 57th Session of the General Assembly English 4-Nov-02
Statement on the occasion of the kick-off of the Secure tenure event Davao City, Philippines  
Davao City, Philippines
This event is a unique opportunity for me to meet directly with those who are among our most important partners and those for whom UN-HABITAT is dedicating most of its effort. They are the urban poor who live in precarious situations, in unhealthy slums and also unfortunately, very often, in areas that are prone to risks. They are also the local authorities who struggle to provide to their citizen a decent and safe shelter.
Address on the occasion of the visit to Muntinlupa City, Philippines  
Muntinlupa City, Philippines
I am honoured to be here with you today to participate in this important event. I would like to thank Honourable Jaime Frenedi, Mayor of the City of Muntinlupa, the honorable members of Muntinlupa City Council, and the citizens of Muntinlupa City, for inviting me to visit your City and see directly the impressive accomplishments that you have achieved here to the benefit of the underprivileged members of your community.
Speech on World Habitat Day in Brussels  
Brussels, Belgium
Every year since 1985, when it was first designated by the General Assembly, World Habitat Day has been celebrated on the first Monday of every October. On this day we are asked to reflect on the conditions of the living environment or our habitats, focusing on the state of human settlements and on progress made, and persistent and new challenges for their sustainable development. This year it has been decided that we should reflect on the theme of city to city cooperation.
International Conference on Sustainable Building  
Oslo, Norway
It is a great honour and privilege for me to address this important Conference in the presence of distinguished dignitaries from nearly seventy countries representing the research community, property owners, the construction industry and authorities in this beautiful country of Norway. It is indeed very heartening to note that this conference is a result of cooperation among an impressive array of partners representing the government, private and public sector, research and financial institutions.
Statement on the occasion of the Dinner hosted by the University of Dar es Salaam at the Royal Palm Hotel Dar es Salaam  
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
I cannot tell you how deeply touched I am by this gathering of all my old friends which has been organised by my boss and friend Professor Mathew Luhanga, Vice Chancellor and all my professional colleagues from the University and the students as well.
Speech delivered by the Executive Director during the FAO, World Food Summit  

It is a great honour and pleasure for me to address you at this important event, World Food Summit: Five years later.
Speech delivered by the Executive Director during International Labour Conference 90th Session  
Geneva, Switzeland
It gives me great pleasure to be here with you on the occasion of the 90th session of the International Labour Conference.
Tibaijuka calls for urgent solutions to poverty  

It gives me great pleasure to welcome all of you to the Headquarters of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme here at Gigiri. I am delighted by your response to our call to come and discuss the very important subject of Urban Food Security. I am particularly happy that, in spite of your very demanding schedules, you have found time, Honourable Dr. Godana and Your Worship Mayor Mbugua, to come and share your thoughts with us on this important topic.
Statement of the Executive Director in the Second Committee of the General Assembly, Introductory Statement on item 102: Implementation of the Habitat Agenda and outcome of the special session of the General Assembly on this topic  
New York, USA
It is a great honour for me to address this Committee today on behalf of the Secretary-General to introduce the three documents that have been prepared for your consideration under item 102 – Implementation of the Habitat Agenda and outcome of the special session of the General Assembly on this topic.
International Forum on Urban Poverty in Marrakech, Morocco  
Marrakech, Morocco
It is a great honour and privilege for me to address this important Conference in the presence of the most important dignitaries in this beautiful country of Morocco and I would like to thank His Majesty, the King of Morocco, and his government for making it possible for all of us to gather here to discuss how best we can solve the problems of urban poverty all over the world.
Message of the Executive Director on World Habitat Day 2001  

The theme of this year's World Habitat Day celebrations - "Cities without Slums" - is one that concerns us all, collectively and individually. One billion poor people live without adequate shelter and basic services in slums and squatter settlements.
 Message of the Executive Director on World Habitat Day 2001 Español 1-Oct-01
 Message of the Executive Director on World Habitat Day 2001 العربية 1-Oct-01
 Message of the Executive Director on World Habitat Day 2001 Français 1-Oct-01
Launching of the Global Campaign for Good Urban Governance in India Closing Session Delhi, India  
Delhi, India
It is a privilege and pleasure for me to address this very distinguished gathering on the occasion of the launching of the Good Urban Governance campaign in India.
Launching of the Global Campaign for Good Urban Governance in India Opening Session  
Delhi, India
It is with great pleasure that I address the concluding session of the launch of the campaign for good urban governance in India. This event has been a resounding success and I wish to thank all those persons, both behind and in front of the scenes, who have made this event possible. The effort involved in conceptualising and organising such an event is considerable and I can appreciate the sacrifices of time and personal convenience that have been made. In my opening speech I particularly mentioned the staff from the Ministry of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation.
World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance  
Durban, South Africa
The World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, presents a unique opportunity for us to think of all the people around the world, who have been struggling for the defeat of all kinds of discrimination. The victorious fight of the people of South Africa against the apartheid system gives us hope to consider that racism and all kinds of institutionalized discrimination can be successfully fought and eradicated from our human settlements.
"Securing our common future": On the occasion of the "Golden Spear" High Level Seminar  
Nanyuki, Kenya
On behalf of the United Nations, I am honoured to be the keynote speaker for this Second Golden Spear high-level meeting on humanitarian crises and natural disasters whose theme is consultation and co-operation: preventing crises and managing response.
 
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