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Address by Dr. Anna Tibaijuka Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT On being conferred an Honorary Degree in Urban Design by the School of Architecture and Building Sciences (SABS), Jomo Kenyatta University  
Nairobi, Kenya
It is a very great honour and privilege to be conferred this Honorary Degree in Urban Design by such a distinguished School. I therefore wish to express to you my deep and humble appreciation for bestowing me such a great honour. I do hope that I will continue to live up to your expectations and to advocate for the important role that this distinguished discipline has to play in our pursuit of sustainable development.
 ED-speech-honDeg-Jul07 English 27-Jul-07
Keynote Address on “Water for Thirsty Cities” Dr. Anna Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations & Executive Director UN-HABITAT At the Opening Plenary Session of the Stockholm World Water Week  
Stockholm
It is thus a great pleasure for me to share my thoughts on the theme of “Water for Thirsty Cities”. This is a topic which is at the crossroads of the environment and development - a topic which decides not only the quality of life but life itself on this planet - a topic which has brought the multitude of professionals and policy makers from every corner of the globe to this Symposium.
 Keynote Address on “Water for Thirsty Cities” Dr. Anna Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations & Executive Director UN-HABITAT At the Opening Plenary Session of the Stockholm World Water Week English
Message By Anna Tibaijuka Executive Director of UN-HABITAT and Director General of UNON On The Occassion Of International Youth Day  
Nairobi, Kenya
I am particularly pleased by the theme of this year's observance of International Youth Day: "Be Seen, Be Heard” It is a most appropriate theme. With over 200 million youth living in poverty, 130 million illiterate, 88 million unemployed and 10 million living with HIV/AIDS, the case for a renewed commitment to working with youth for attaining the Millennium Development Goals is vital. Young people must be seen as equal partners in achieving these Goals and in realizing the Global Partnership Initiative. As you are all aware, we are at the halfway mark to the target date of 2015 for attaining these goals, and the time has come for accelerated action.
 ED speech on IYD English 13-Aug-07
The occasion of the Day Star University Graduation Ceremony in Nairobi on 21 June 2008, Address by Dr. Anna Tibaijuka Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT  
Nairobi
It is a great honour to be asked to address the Graduation Ceremony of this distinguished University. This wonderful occasion today marks one of the most important milestones in your lives. It is a milestone that sets you in a special position as future leaders of the next generation.
Address by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT On the occasion of World Habitat Day  
The Hague, Netherlands
World Habitat Day is the most important date on our international calendar. It is our occasion to remind the world, our leaders and our citizens, that the first Monday every October is an occasion to be ever alert and vigilant to the great urban changes sweeping our planet. And so it gives me great pleasure, and indeed great honour, to thank Your Worship, Mayor Deetman, for so kindly offering to host the 2007 global celebration of World Habitat Day in this wonderful and great city. In the same breath, I also wish the Honourable Ministers, Mr. Koenders, and Ms. Vogelaar, to know how deeply grateful we are for the continuing very generous financial and political support that the Government of The Netherlands has always shown the United Nations and especially, our agency, UN-HABITAT.
 EDwhdSpeechhaguerr07 English 1-Oct-07
Statement by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Executive Director of UN-HABITAT “Urbanisation in low-income countries – some critical issues”  
Trondheim, Norway
The year 2007 is a very special year. It marks a major turning point in human history. For the first time, half of humanity is living in towns and cities. We are at the beginning of a new urban era. And with this new era comes a new challenge, the challenge of sustainable urbanisation.
 Statement by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Executive Director of UN-HABITAT “Urbanisation in low-income countries – some critical issues” English 22-Oct-07
United Nations Human Settlements Programme Address to the 2nd Committee of the 62nd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations Agenda Item 55  
New York
Implementation of the outcome of the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) and strengthening of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
 United Nations Human Settlements Programme Address to the 2nd Committee of the 62nd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations Agenda Item 55 English 30-Oct-07
Statement by Dr. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, Executive Director, UN-HABITAT, Director-General, on the occasion of the Youth Dialogue on “I am Kenya, I am Peace, Lets Talk”, in preparation for the National Youth Violence Prevention Week.  
Nairobi
I thank you most sincerely for joining us here today in these very difficult times. Like a broken heart, Kenya is still bleeding in post-election violence and I ask you all, right at the outset, to join me in observing a minute of silence and respect for those who have lost their lives in recent weeks. We pray also for those who have lost loved ones, their homes and their livelihoods.
Closing Address by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka Executive Director of UN-HABITAT on the occasion of the National Youth Forum on Safe Neighbourhoods as part of the National Youth Violence Prevention Week.  
Nairobi
The signing of the peace agreement yesterday has come in at a very strategic moment during this National Youth Violence Prevention Week. The purpose of the National Youth Violence Prevention Week has been to help raise awareness and build capacity on youth violence prevention and to assist young people to take responsibility for community safety and security. We have worked in close collaboration with their local authorities and other partners such as the private sector.
Forum on SUSTAINABLE URBANIZATION IN THE INFORMATION AGE 23-24 April 2008, United Nations Headquarters, New York ECOSOC Chamber, Address by, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT  
New York
I would like to start by offering my apologies for not being able to attend this meeting in person, which is a matter of some regret to me. I am afraid that the demands placed upon me by the UN system require my urgent presence elsewhere. Nonetheless, I would like to thank UNDESA and the Global Alliance for ICT and Development for taking this initiative which we are proud to be associated with.
 Full Speech English 25-Apr-08
The Challenge of Urbanisation and the Role of UN-HABITAT, Lecture by, Dr. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT  
Warsaw School of Economics
It gives me great pleasure to be with you today. I myself was a student of economics in Sweden in the 1970s. Many of the things I learned have served me well in my career back home in Tanzania as economics professor at the University of Dar es Salaam and in my daily work as an executive in the UN system.
 The Challenge of Urbanisation and the Role of UN-HABITAT, Lecture by, Dr. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT English 25-Apr-08
The 12th Session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XII, By Anna K. Tibaijuka UN Under- Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN-HABITAT and Director General, UN Office at Nairobi (UNON)  
Accra
It is an honour and a pleasure for me to address this 12th session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. As the Director General of the United Nations Office in Nairobi, I am delighted that this conference is being held in Africa in this beautiful city of Accra. Although the Conference will address global issues of interest to all countries, this venue should provide an excellent setting and opportunity to pay attention to some of the specific issues facing Africa, the continent, as we all know, continue to lag behind others in our common pursuit of global peace and prosperity.
 The 12th Session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XII, By Anna K. Tibaijuka UN Under- Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN-HABITAT and Director General, UN Office at Nairobi (UNON) English 25-Apr-08
Seminar of the "Programme Country Pilots" on Delivering as One: Exchange of Experiences and Lessons Learned 21-23 May 2008, Maputo, Mozambique Statement by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General Executive Director, UN-HABITAT  
Maputo, Mozambique
We are gathered here today to exchange experiences on the Delivering as One experience and deliberate on how to overcome current challenges and move forward towards a more coherent UN system. This is a bold and ambitious endeavour. I would like to congratulate the Government of Mozambique for pioneering the idea of this seminar, which was then endorsed by Member States in their 2007 resolution on the Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review (TCPR).
The occasion of the Opening of the South Wing, Nairobi Hospital, on Friday 13 June 2008, Statement by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General Executive Director, UN-HABITAT  
Nairobi
It is a great privilege and honour for me to address you today at the opening of this wonderful South Wing Executive Ward. What I have seen here represents a triumph of modern technology and good design for the benefit of hospital patients. It puts the facilities offered in this city right up there with the best Africa has to offer.
The occasion of the 25th Regional Conference for Africa of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, By Anna K. Tibaijuka UN Under- Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN-HABITAT and Director General, UN Office at Nairobi (UNON)  
Nairobi
It is a privilege for us to welcome also our colleagues and all the experts gathered here today for the 25th Regional Conference for Africa of the Food and Agriculture Organization. We thank you most heartily for choosing Nairobi as the venue for this meeting. Karibu!
The occasion of the XXIII World Congress of Architecture,Round Table on the theme:“Architecture is for everyone”, Address by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka,Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT  
Turin
I wish to commend the International Union of Architects and their partners for taking up this essential topic. As the UN Programme in charge of housing and urban development, UN-HABITAT strongly associates itself with this powerful message. In a world that is rapidly urbanising, architectural solutions have to be found for everyone. Also, I would add, Architecture is key for the future of cities if we want to build sustainable and livable cities.
ED's Video Message on the International Youth Day 2008  

This year’s International Youth Day will be celebrated on Tuesday 12th August 2008 all over the world. Various activities have been planned in different countries across the globe. UN-HABITAT executive Director has recorded a video message for that day whereby she has supported UN Secretary- General’s message on greater involvement of youth on combating climate change. She reiterates that today’s young people will bear the consequences of climate change if immediate measures are not taken to tackle this phenomenon. More so in developing countries, youth are often responsible for farming, finding water and collecting fuel wood. These tasks will be rendered more difficult – and will take even more time away from education or productive activities – as climate change affects the availability of water, agricultural productivity and the survival of ecosystems.
Message from Anna Tibaijuka, UN Under-Secretary General & Executive Director, UN-HABITAT on The International Youth Day  
Nairobi, Kenya
This International Youth Day, I would like to express my support for the chosen theme of “Climate Change and Youth”. Youth are not just leaders of tomorrow, but also of today. And climate change is one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced, requiring us all to work together to overcome the impending crisis. What better time, then, to strengthen our commitment to empowering youth as agents of change, partners in solving our shared global challenges?
 Message from Anna Tibaijuka, UN Under-Secretary General & Executive Director, UN-HABITAT on The International Youth Day English 19-Aug-08
Statement of the Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka on the occasion of World Habitat Day 2008  
Nairobi
Today we mark World Habitat Day at a time when the majority of the world’s people are living in towns and cities. The process is accelerating and this transformation has a direct bearing on the strategies that we must adopt to attain the Millennium Development Goals.
 Statement of the Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka on the occasion of World Habitat Day 2008 English 24-Sep-08
 Statement of the Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka on the occasion of World Habitat Day 2008 Español 24-Sep-08
 Statement of the Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka on the occasion of World Habitat Day 2008 العربية 24-Sep-08
 Statement of the Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka on the occasion of World Habitat Day 2008 Français 24-Sep-08
 Statement of the Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka on the occasion of World Habitat Day 2008 中文 24-Sep-08
 Statement of the Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka on the occasion of World Habitat Day 2008 русский 24-Sep-08
Address by Dr. Anna Tibaijuka Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT on the occasion of World Habitat Day  
Luanda, Angola
I would like to thank your Government, Mr. President, for offering to host this year’s global celebration of World Habitat Day in this wonderful city of Luanda. On behalf of my staff and myself I would also like to convey our sincere appreciation for the warm reception and hospitality accorded us. We are grateful for the elaborate arrangements you have made to ensure the success of this important occasion on the international calendar.
 
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