Ms. Amal Pepple, the Minister of Housing, Land and Urban Development for the Federal Republic of Nigeria was today elected the new President of UN-Habitat’s 24th Session of the Governing Council.
She replaced Mr. Albert Nsengiyumva, the Minister of Infrastructure of Rwanda who was the president of the 23rd Session of the Governing Council.
Mr. Nsengiyumva praised the team he worked with during his tenure and promised to continue giving UN-Habitat all the support it required so that it succeeds in executing its mandate. “We must work towards achieving the goal of sustainable cities,” he said at a press conference held immediately after the new president was elected.
On her part Ms. Pepple said that the government of Nigeria was committed to supporting the urban agenda in Africa and appealed to other African countries to follow suit. “I would be more interested in promoting sanitation during my tenure,” she said.
On his part UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos said the Habitat III conference to be held in 2016 would provide the perfect opportunity for all stakeholders to review the urban agenda.