UN-Habitat Governing Council Endorses Iraq’s Draft Resolution to Enhance UN-Habitat’s Role in Urban Crisis Response

from UN Human Settlements Program
Published on 12 May 2017

Nairobi, 12 May 2017 - In the closing session of the 26th Governing Council meeting of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, the member states endorsed a draft resolution suggested by Iraq to enhance the role of UN-Habitat in Urban Crisis Response and to establish a fund, financed through voluntary contributions, to facilitate UN-Habitat rapid deployment to urban crises and emergencies managed within existing human resources. The resolution stipulates the update of UN-Habitat’s Strategic Policy on Human Settlements in Crisis and to better support the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, in countries affected by conflict as well as natural and human made disasters.

H.E. Dr. Ann Nafi Aussi, the Iraqi Minister of Construction, Housing, Municipalities and Public Works who headed the Iraqi delegation to the Governing Council, confirmed that "this resolution should ensure UN-Habitat’s work contributes, in a coordinated manner, to the UN-system commitment to sustaining peace and a comprehensive whole-of-system response in complex emergencies in Iraq and elsewhere".

"The new fund should support Member States in their efforts to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and to better support Member States facing challenges caused by the mass influx of migrants", stated Dr. Erfan Ali the Head of UN-Habitat Iraq Programme.