Amb. Jean Kimani, Kenya’s Permanent Representative to UN-Habitat with UN-Habitat Executive Director Ms. Maimunah Mohd Shariff at the First session of UN-Habitat Executive Board meeting 2022.
The Ambassador reaffirmed Kenya’s commitment to the implementation of the 4th pillar of reform designed to maximize the fulfillment of UN-Habitat’s mandate to support Member States in implementing and monitoring #SDG’s and the #New_Urban_Agenda at National and Sub National Levels.
The Permanent Representative also expressed Kenya’s support for the new organizational structure to increase the programme’s work at the Country and regional level underscoring the importance of UN-Habitat’s regional architecture in enabling the organization to implement its normative and operational work.
Kenya reiterated the importance of strengthening the Africa Regional office to better position the continent to reap the benefits of the New Urban Agenda and deal with the challenges of rapid urbanization.
Kenya has provided two officers to the Kenya Country office in view of the underlying staffing challenges facing the Organization noting the importance of adequately supporting UN-Habitat in its work to be relevant to the needs of the developing Nations.