Statement on behalf
of the European Union and its Member States
(delivered under Agenda Item 3: Executive Director's Briefing)
Mister Chairman, distinguished delegates, Madam Executive Director and representatives of UN-Habitat Secretariat, observers, ladies and gentlemen,
It is my privilege to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States. [Serbia and] Ukraine aligns itself [themselves] with this statement.
We would like to thank the Executive Director, Madame Maimunah for her briefing and congratulate on the intensive and successful first months of her leadership. We would like to highlight in particular the useful engagement with the Member States both in Nairobi and globally. We look forward to sustaining this collaborative spirit and would be interested to learn more about the results of the internal and external consultations leading to conclusions referred to as the "Guiding framework".
Madam Executive Director,
With regard to the proposal for a stronger engagement with Kenya as a pilot to implement the New Urban Agenda, we would like to understand what that would mean in practice. In general we see value in supporting countries that are committed to being frontrunners in implementing the New Urban Agenda. In this sense we would welcome Kenya, as the host country taking the lead on sustainable urbanisation which will have a positive impact on the visibility of UN-Habitat.
Over the last couple of months we have engaged collectively in the critical process of formulating findings and recommendations for the governance reform of UN-Habitat. Under the skilful leadership of the Chair of the CPR, Ambassador Fernando Coimbra, the Open-ended Working Group agreed this week on a document that will be forwarded to the General Assembly for further action. It has been a tough process and compromises had to be made, but we have collectively reached a consensus, hence fulfilling the mandate given to us by the General Assembly. Despite having to give in on some of our priorities, we are standing behind the agreement and call on others to respect the delicate balance achieved after many years of debates.
As the governance reform will be implemented, and as a part of it, we must not forget about another unfinished business of key priority, which is the stakeholders' engagement. As requested by the Governing Council in 2017, the relevant policy is already overdue. We thank the Secretariat and the Member States for the constructive engagement in the process of developing the relevant document. We look forward to a document truly promoting the effective engagement and participation of the stakeholders, responding to the mandate given by the Governing Council and to the spirit of the New Urban Agenda that calls for enabling the stakeholders to achieve sustainable urban development, as do the recommendations of the Open-ended Working Group on the reform of UN-Habitat.
Lastly, we would like to refer to UN-Habitat's dire financial situation, especially the cash position at the end of the reporting period. We would like to hear if the situation has evolved positively since then and what steps have been taken for mobilising the necessary resources. We would like to encourage the Secretariat to intensify its efforts by engaging in a convincing way with all Member States to mobilise the revenue.
I thank you.