CAIRO - 9 April 2021: The Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday that the Executive Board of the UN Habitat held its first meeting during which Egypt was re-elected as vice chair of the Executive Board of the UN Habitat for the African Group over the period from 2021-2022.
Egypt's Permanent Delegation to UN Habitat Ambassador Khaled el Abyad voiced happiness over the re-election of Egypt, expressing his appreciation for the sisterly African states over their confidence in Egypt and its ability to enhance the African interests and defend them.
He also said the Egyptian side is seeking to cooperate and coordinate with the new members of the executive board to develop their joint action and implement the executive programs over the period from 2020 to 2023.
The first session of the Executive Board in 2021 took place with more than 250 participants online.
The UN Habitat Executive Board aims to increase the oversight of UN-Habitat’s operations by Member States and to strengthen UN-Habitat’s accountability, transparency and effectiveness. It comprises 36 Member States elected by the UN-Habitat Assembly and convenes two to three times a year.
Egypt's re-election as a vice chair of UN Habitat Executive Board crowns Cairo's efforts in working in the various fields especially the acceleration of urban development, sustainable development in building cities, the construction of new urban communities as well as ending the phenomenon of shanties and rehabilitating the areas which are not suitable for housing.