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Preparatory Committee 2: 14-16 April 2015
The second session of the Preparatory Committee of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from Tuesday, 14 April to Thursday, 16 April 2015.
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|A/CONF.226/PC.2/6 Report of the Preparatory Committee for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) on the work of its second session|
For all latest Official Documents visit the PrepCom2 PapersSmart Portal.
A/CONF.226/PC.2/2 Draft provisional rules of procedure of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). Note by the secretariat
A/CONF.226/PC.2/3 Arrangements for accreditation and participation of major groups and other relevant stakeholders in the preparatory process and in the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). Note by the secretariat
A/CONF.226/PC.2/4 Consolidated list of non-governmental organizations and other major groups recommended for special accreditation to the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)
GA/HABITAT III/PREPCOM 2/1 Letter of convocation for Permanent Representatives and Permanent Observers to the United Nations to the participation of their Governments in the second session of the Preparatory Committee
GA/HABITAT III/PREPCOM 2/ 1 (MS-LDC) Letter of convocation for Permanent Representatives and Permanent Observers to the United Nations of the Least Developed Countries to the participation of their Governments in the second session of the Preparatory Committee. Funding will be made available from the Habitat III Trust Fund for one representative from Least Developed Countries for their participation
INFORMATION ANNEX REGARDING TRAVEL ENTITLEMENTS Information annex on travel entitlements for participating in Habitat III Second Session of the Preparatory Committee, April 2015
Issue Papers and Policy Units of the Habitat III Conference. Non papers.
Issue Papers and Policy Units. Overview Matrix.
Guiding Questions. Guiding Questions for consideration on the debate of the second session of the Preparatory Committee and the Habitat III briefing session
For all latest Statements, visit the PrepCom2 PapersSmart Portal.
Statement by Dr. Joan Clos, Secretary-General of Habitat III (as delivered)
Habitat III PrepCom 2_Process Updating (as delivered)
Statement of the Group of 77 and China by the Arab Republic of Egypt
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 12:44 – 12:47 p.m
Statement by Mexico (GRULAC)
Statement by the European Union and its Member States
Statement by Jamaica
Statement by Japan
Statement by Ecuador
Statement by Kenya
Statement by Lesotho
Statement by Mexico
Statement by Turkey
Statement by Czech Republic
Statement by Singapore
Statement by Chile
Statement by Finland
Statement by Indonesia
Statement by Israel
Agenda Item 6: Progress to date in the implementation of the outcomes of the second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) and the New Urban Agenda.
Statement by USA
Statement by Nigeria
Statement by Cuba
Statement by Tanzania
Statement by Central African Republic
Statement by Thailand
Statement by Nepal
Statement by Madagascar
Statement by Bahrain
Statement by Chad
Statement by OECD (Organization for Economic Coorperation and Development)
Statement by WMO
Statement by ILO
Statement by UN-Women
Statement by FAO
Joint Statement of the United Nations Regional Commissions
Statement by World Vision International
Statement by World-Future Council Foundation
Statement by European Cyclists’ Federation
Statement by ISOCARP
Statement by UCLG
Statement by Pax Romana
Statement by Habitat International Coalition
Statement by HUAIROU COMMISSION
Statement by Habitat Professional Forum
Statement by American Planning Association
Statement by the Democratic Republic of the Kongo
Statement by Ghana
Statement by Senegal
Statement by Germany
Statement by United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Statement by United Nations University
Statement by Réseau d’Échanges Stratégiques pour une Afrique Urbaine Durable
Statement by Malaysia
Statement by Slum Dwellers International
Statement by University of Pennsylvania
Statement by Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Statement by Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing
Statement of the Cities Alliance Secretariat at the 2nd Session of the Preparatory Committee for Habitat III, Nairobi (Kenya)
Closing statement of EU&MS on stakeholder participation
Closing Statement by the Dr Clos, Secretary General of Habitat III
The agenda of the second session of the Preparatory Committee will be adopted at the opening meeting on 14 April 2015. The provisional agenda is as follows:
1. Opening of the session
2. Election of officers
3. Adoption of the agenda and programme of work
4. Preparations for the Conference
5. Organizational matters
6. Progress to date in the implementation of the outcomes of the second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) and the New Urban Agenda
7. Arrangements for the third session of the Preparatory Committee
8. Other matters
9. Adoption of the report of the Preparatory Committee on the work of its second session
10. Conclusion of the session
Official meetings will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Side events provide a platform for governments, civil society organizations, private sector, community representatives, international and national organizations, academia, international and regional finance Institutions, and other United Nations entities to debate, showcase or present their views on sustainable urban development, as well as specific projects.
Side events will be held on 14, 15 and 16 April 2015 during the following times:
- 08:30 – 09:30
- 13:30 – 14:30
- 18:30 – 19:30
Please note that the application for side events closed on 15 March 2015.
Beside the side events, a number of other high-level events also take place within and outside the United Nations venue organized by governments or stakeholders and revolving around the theme of sustainable urban development.
Programmes and projects, as well as global and regional networks of partners take the opportunity to meet and advance in the debate on the New Urban Agenda during PrepCom2.
The General Assembly of Partners (GAP) is a special initiative proposed by the World Urban Campaign (WUC) to serve as a broad-based deliberative platform for non-governmental partners in order to develop a consensus for a joined outcome document and other related matters for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).
First Assembly Meeting – Nairobi, 13 April, 2015
On the margins of the PrepCom2 for Habitat III
This first assembly meeting will convene all interested partners to deliberate on the constitution, road map and first joined statement (The City We Need) of the GAP. It will be held as a parallel event one day prior to the second session of the Preparatory Committee meeting for the Habitat III Conference
|Programme of the First Assembly Meeting|
|Background Document on the General Assembly of Partners PrepCom2|
Member States, stakeholders and organizations working in sustainable urban development are invited to exhibit projects, innovations and solutions in the common Exhibition for Habitat III PrepCom2 and UN-Habitat Governing from 14 to 23 April 2015, in UN Office Gigiri, in Nairobi, Kenya.
Who will exhibit?
Member states, stakeholders or organizations involved in sustainable urban development. This includes:
- Cities and towns showcasing programs, initiatives, partnership and solutions to address the challenges of sustainability
- Countries presenting programs on cities at the national level
- United Nations agencies and other international organizations profiling their work on building better cities globally
- The private sector presenting services, products and innovative solutions to urban problems
- Non-governmental organizations promoting their roles in urban sustainability
- Researchers and publishers presenting the latest information on urban trends
The exhibition will run from 14 to 23 April 2015 and will be open daily from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. Exhibitors may select the following exhibition periods:
- Habitat III PrepCom2 and Governing Council from 14 to 23 April 2015
- Habitat III PrepCom2, from 14 to 16 April 2015
- Governing Council, from 17 to 23 April 2015
Check out the List of Exhibitors.
The second session of the Preparatory Committee of the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will be held in the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) in Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya, from Tuesday, 14 April to Thursday, 16 April 2015.
Address of the Preparatory Committee meeting:
United Nations Office at Nairobi
Gigiri – UN Avenue
P.O. Box 67578
Nairobi, Kenya 00200
Information on the First Preparatory Committee and the conference itself is available on the Habitat III website at http://www.habitat3.org
The Habitat III Secretariat can be contacted at email@example.com
II. How to access the Conference venue?
All participants need to be registered prior to the meeting to be allowed access. Registered participants will be screened and are advised not to bring weapons, ammunition, inflammable items or sharp objects.
Access to the United Nations Gigiri Complex is via the United Nations Avenue. Pedestrian access is through the Pavilion north of the main vehicle access. The participants will be issued with conference photo badges and are advised to wear the badge at all times during their visit to the complex.
The main vehicle access gate is located opposite to the US Embassy. Only vehicles with an official United Nations Decal will be allowed into the complex and are subject to screening. Vehicle Decals would need to be required to the Conference secretariat.
III. How to participate and register for the Preparatory Committee?
- Member States: Find all information on the registration for Member States here
- Intergovernmental organizations: Find all information on the registration for Intergovernmental organizations here
- United Nations system: Find all information on the registration for the United Nations system here
- Non-governmental organizations and major groups: Find all information on the registration for non-governmental organizations and major groups here
- Media: Find all information on the registration for media here
IV. How to get the badge and access the premises?
Passes provided by United Nations security will allow registered participants access to the United Nations Office in Nairobi. Information on dates to collect badges will be published soon on the website.
To obtain the pass for attending the Preparatory Committee, a valid national passport or photo ID must be presented to the United Nations Office in Nairobi Visitors’ Center Pavilion at the stated date and time for the issuance of a pass together with the confirmation e-mail which was sent to each nominated representative after the registration form was received and status confirmed.
To avoid long queues on the first day, delegates are strongly encouraged to collect their badges in advance.
V. Arrangements for meetings
Two seats (2+2) will be made available for each official government delegation at the plenary session. Member states will be seated following the all-state formula. A limited number of seats will also be available for representatives of intergovernmental organizations, the United Nations system and major groups at the plenary session.
Languages and interpretation
In the plenary room, statements made in any of the six official languages will be interpreted into the other official languages. Any representative may make a statement in a language other than the official languages. In such cases, the delegation should provide either an interpretation or a written text of the statement in one of the official languages. The interpretation or written text will be considered by the secretariat to represent the official text of the statement and will be used by United Nations interpreters as the basis for interpretation into the other official languages.
Registration for statements
Government delegations wishing to inscribe on the list of speakers are invited to contact the General Assembly Affairs Branch (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org copying email@example.com). Statements should be limited to three minutes when speaking in a national capacity and five minutes when speaking on behalf of a group.
Distribution of documents
In an effort to support greening, participants are encouraged to download documents from the website or the Official Documents System of the United Nations (http://documents.un.org).
Wireless Internet access will be available in the UN compound and meeting rooms. Select the Wireless Network connection named “VISITORS” or ‘DELEGATES”.
VI. Additional practical information
Almost all participants will arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) which is located in the Embakasi suburb, 15 kilometers from Nairobi’s central business district and 25 kilometers from the United Nations Office at Nairobi, Gigiri.
Many hotels provide courtesy shuttle services to/from the airport and in some cases from the hotel to the United Nations complex. Visitors should pre-advise their hotel of their transportation needs. Recommended taxi companies are listed below:
- Pewin Cabs, Tel: 0727-776 761
- Jatco Taxis, Tel: 0725-280 000
- Jim Cab Services, Tel: 0735-555 559
- Apollo Tours Ltd, Tel: 0723-794 249
- Amicabre Travels Ltd, Tel: 0710-760 055
Note: Although it is only 25 km from the airport to the United Nations compound, the trip can take between 45 and 120 minutes depending on the time of day. City rush hours are from 7:00 am to 9:00 am and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
It is the responsibility of the delegate to obtain the visa for Kenya. The information provided herein acts only as guidance. A valid passport, not expiring for at least six months from the date of arrival is required for entry into Kenya. A valid entry visa is also required for most countries and may be obtained in advance from the Kenya Embassy/High Commission in your country of residence or in a neighboring country. In the absence of either, then certain Embassies of other countries generally represent Kenya in the issuance of visas.
Please note that visas prior to arrival are not required for citizens of Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei-Darussalam, Burundi, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia (for less than 30 days stay), Maldives, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa (for less than 30 days stay), Solomon Islands, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Trinidad, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
Visas can also be obtained upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi for certain countries at a cost of USD 50. Nationals of the following countries require special advance visa clearance by the Kenyan authorities (as of May 2014): Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Iraq, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Mali, Palestine, Senegal, Somalia, Syria and Tajikistan. Stateless persons also require advance clearance.
Please find more information regarding visas at http://www.immigration.go.ke/
Participants are responsible for making arrangements for their own accommodation and travel. You are advised to choose accommodation from the list of hotels recommended by the United Nations Department of Safety and Security available here.
The following guest houses are also available in the vicinity of the UN complex which have been subjected to UN security survey and are available here.
The following guest houses are also available in the vicinity of the UN complex but have NOT been subjected to UN security survey and are available here.
All representatives interested in attending are required to have adequate medical insurance prior to arrival. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is mandatory for travelers coming from countries where yellow fever may occur. Immunization against yellow fever is recommended for travelers from other countries. Malaria is prevalent in Kenya though there is little risk in Nairobi and the highlands. It is therefore advisable that precautions when travelling out of these areas. Any medical costs incurred during the stay in Kenya shall be borne by the meeting participants directly. It is therefore strongly recommended that the participants arrange for their own health insurance.
The UNON Medical Clinic emergency and first aid assistance, including on-call (24 hour) ambulance services are available. On-site medical assistance is available during all meetings, conferences and events. The UNON clinic also offers general medical assistance, vaccinations and a broad range of medical services. It is located at Block F, room 117 at the UNON Compound in Gigiri.
Tel: +254 (20) 762 22 67
Emergency line: +254 (20) 762 59 99
Kenya is GMT +0300 hours
Weather in Nairobi is fairly consistent through the year. The average day time temperature is 21-26 degrees centigrade, but can drop to 10 degrees centigrade, especially at night. Most rainfall (rainy season) is seen in April, May, November and December. It is advisable to carry a light jacket and an umbrella.
This is 240 volts. Kindly note that Kenya uses the 13A 3 pin wall switch socket outlet.
For guaranteed safe drinking water, please use bottled water which is widely available.
The official languages of the Republic of Kenya are English and Swahili.
Money and Banking
The official currency of the Republic of Kenya is the Kenya Shilling (KES). They range in the denomination 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 shillings. The current exchange rates are:
1 US Dollar = KES 90.00
1 EURO = KES 120.22
Please, note that this is subject to change. The rates quoted are those in force as of the drafting of this information.
Foreign currency can be changed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), banks, foreign currency Exchange Bureaus or hotels. Banks in major centers are open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday to Friday and from 9:00am to 12:00 pm on the first and last Saturday of each month.
The following currency exchange places are available near or at the United Nations complex in Gigiri:
- KCB bank and Standard Chartered Bank can be found on the ground floor in the United Nations complex in Gigiri, next to the Delegates Lounge.
- Give and Take Forex Bureau at Emerald Garden. From the main gate of the United Nations complex in Gigiri, cross the road, turn right and walk about 200 meters. You will find the building to your left.
- Warwick Center from the main gate of the United Nations complex in Gigiri, cross the road, turns left and walk about 100 meters. The building will be to your right.
ATMs are available country wide with 24-hour access. Most accepted international VISA cards. All major international cards are accepted. Credit card fraud occurs in Kenya, as in most other parts of the world, and the usual precautions should be taken.
Travellers’ cheques are accepted at most banks, bureaux and hotels.
Tipping is appreciated. Most hotels and restaurants include a 10% service charge.
For participants interested in arranging a sightseeing tour or safaris during their visit to Kenya, the following agents are available to provide assistance:
BCD Travel (on the compound)
Tel: +254 (20) 7622 24 92
Express Travel (on the compound)
Tel: +254 (20) 762 49 92
The Post Office is available in the UNON complex and open Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
DHL courier mail service is also located at the UNON complex, lower concourse, next to the Post Office. Open Monday to Friday, 08:00 am to 5:00 pm.
VIII. Emergency numbers
UNON Security: +254 (20) 762 66 66
Kenyan police: +254 (20) 272 42 01 or +254 999
Diplomatic police: +254 (0) 726 28 30 30 or +254 (0) 735 35 65 06
Nairobi Hospital: +254 (20) 284 50 00
Aga Khan Hospital: +254 (20) 366 20 00
St. John Ambulance Service: +254 (20) 221 00 00 or +254 (20) 224 10 00
The Habitat III Secretariat can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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