New York, 18 July 2014: Following the recommendation of the Secretary-General, after consultation with Member States, the General Assembly re-elected Joan Clos ( Spain) as Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) for a term beginning on 18 October 2014 and ending on 31 December 2017. Nominated by the Secretary-General, Mr. Clos was first elected to a four-year term in 2010.
Before joining UN-Habitat, Mr. Clos was twice elected Mayor of Barcelona, serving two terms from 1997 until 2006, and Minister for Industry, Tourism and Trade of Spain between 2006 and 2008. He also served as Spain’s Ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan from 2008 to 2010. Mr. Clos has earned a reputation in public service and urban renewal projects, as well as for international empowerment of local authorities. He has received a number of awards, including a gold medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1999 for transforming Barcelona.
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