The 19th session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements
Programme, (UN-HABITAT) will be held from 5 to 9 May 2003. The meeting will
take place at UN-HABITAT headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
Among the key issues to be discussed are:
Informal consultations among and between the regional groups will
be held before the Governing Council, in particular the election
of officers, on Sunday, 4 May from 11 a.m. The first issue of the
Journal will be issued on the same day and will include information
on the allocation of rooms.
In line with the Rules of Procedure of the Governing Council, States which are
not members of the Governing Council but are
members of the United Nations or of a specialized agency may participate in the
Governing Council as observers.
Also, in accordance with the Governing Council resolution 16/12 of 7 May 1997,
Governments are invited to include in their delegations, representatives of local
authorities and relevant actors of civil society, particularly the private sector,
NGOs and research organizations in the field of adequate shelter for all and sustainable
human settlements development.
States are requested to inform the Executive Director of UN-HABITAT of the composition
of their delegations as soon as possible. The credentials of representatives should
be submitted, at the latest, before the end of the first meeting of the session.
Any inquiries should be directed to the relevant contact points.