INDIA TO THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF UN-HABITAT ASSEMBLY
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India has been elected to the Executive Board of the first UN-Habitat Assembly, announced Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
- India has been elected to the Executive Board of first United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) Assembly.
- The first session of the UN-Habitat Assembly started on May 27 at the headquarters of UN-Habitat in Nairobi and will go on till May 31.
- The first UN-Habitat Assembly at the Plenary Session of the Assembly being held in Nairobi.
- Theme: Innovation for Better Quality of Life in Cities and Communities.
- During the first session, Assembly will establish UN-Habitat’s Executive Board and elect its members.
- It will review and approve the UN-Habitat Strategic Plan 2020-2025 and will also review Progress in implementation of New Urban Agenda.
- The election of India in Executive Board indicates that country’s global clout continues to grow significantly.
- It is the United Nations agency for human settlements and sustainable urban development.
- It was established in 1978 and is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.
- The establishment of UN-Habitat was an outcome of First United Nation (UN) Conference on Human Settlements and Sustainable Urban Development held in 1976 in Vancouver.
- The objective is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns & cities with aim of providing adequate shelter for all.
- Parent Organization: UN-Habitat reports to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). It is also a member of United Nations Development Group (UNDG).
UN Habitat Agenda:
- It was adopted in 1996 by the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) in Istanbul in Turkey.
- The Habitat Agenda has twin goals of-
- Adequate shelter for all.
- Development of sustainable human settlements in today’s urbanizing world.
New Urban Agenda adopted at Habitat III:
The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development has wrapped up in Quito, Ecuador, with delegations adopting the New Urban Agenda – a new framework that that lays out how cities should be planned and managed to best promote sustainable urbanization.