Representatives from more than 20 countries on Thursday attended the first Advisory Board of UN-Habitat's Special Human Settlements Programme for the Palestinian People.
The meeting, chaired UN-Habitat Executive Director, Dr. Joan Clos, reviewed present and future UN-Habitat activities in support of the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian communities through the contributions to the Special Human Settlements Programme for the Palestinian People and the Technical Cooperation Trust Fund.
Dr. Clos said that a new Outstanding Donor Award would be conferred upon HRH Crown Nayef Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia for his crucial support to the Special Human Settlements Programme for the Palestinian People. Since 2003, the Saudi Committee has been the most important donor for various Palestinian projects.
Dr. Clos, will visit Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory 25-29 March 2012 and attend the first Palestinian Urban Forum which will focus on the sustainable urbanization challenges.
In recent days, the President of Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah, Ahmed Al-Madani, announced the Bank's interest in supporting UN-Habitat's Palestinian programmes.