Governing Council

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The Governing Council is an intergovernmental decision – making body for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).

The Objective of the Governing Council of UN-Habitat is to:

  1. Promote integral and comprehensive approach to human settlements;
  2. Assist countries and regions with human settlements problems;
  3. Strengthen co-operation and co-participation in all countries on human settlement issues.

The Governing Council meets biennially and reports to the General Assembly of the United Nations through the Economic and Social Council, particularly on programmatic issues.

The twenty-sixth session of the Governing Council of UN-Habitat will take place from 8 – 12 May 2017, at the United Nations Offices in Nairobi, Kenya.

Participation in the Governing Council is open to all Member States and relevant Habitat Agenda Partners, including parliamentarians, civil society organizations, local authorities , professionals and researchers, academia, foundations, women and youth groups, trade unions, indigenous peoples organizations, financial institutions, and private sector; as well as organizations of the United Nations system and Intergovernmental Organizations.

The twenty-sixth session, as has been the case in the past sessions, will mostly comprise of a plenary divided in to: a. high-level for the first and second days and b. a dialogue of Governments with local authorities and other Habitat agenda partners to be held on the third day, based upon a theme selected by the Bureau of the Governing Council. This is in addition to the sessional committees that may be established by the Governing Council.

The Theme of the twenty –sixth session of the Governing Council (GC26) is currently under consideration by Member States and will be communicated as soon as possible.

Other key issues to be discussed at the twenty-sixth session include,

  1. The activities of UN-Habitat, including coordination matters
  2. Review of the Outcome of the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)
  3. The work programme and budget of UN-Habitat for the biennium 2018-2019;





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