The 21st Session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, (UN-HABITAT) will be held from 16 to 20 April 2007 at the UN-HABITAT headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The session focused on the main theme of Sustainable Urbanization: local action for urban poverty reduction with an emphasis on finance and planning.
The Governing Council meets every two years to examine UN-HABITAT's work and relationships with its partners. The Council is composed of 58 member states. It is a high-level forum of governments at the ministerial level during which policy guidelines and the organisation's budget are established for the next two-year period.
The Governing Council reports to the General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) which coordinates the work of the subsidiary bodies of the General Assembly. The governments have representatives in Nairobi with whom senior UN-HABITAT officials meet regularly throughout the year in the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR).