UN-HABITAT has opened a new office in Kuwait City aimed at supporting the agency’s activities in the region.
A ceremony on 11 March was presided over by the UN-HABITAT Director of Regional and Technical Cooperation Division Mr. Daniel Biau and Mr. Ahmed Al-Adsani, Executive Director of the Arab Towns Organisation, on the occasion of the opening of UN-HABITAT Kuwait Office.
Top on the agenda of the office’s activities will be to offer support to local authorities and stakeholders to promote sustainable urban development and active implementation of the Habitat Agenda at the city level. In doing that, the office will closely cooperate with the Arab Towns Organisation and its subsidiaries. It will also partner with the Kuwaiti Government to respond to current and future urban development challenge when requested by the government.
Mr. Biau introduced the new chief of Kuwait Office, Mr. Tarek El-Sheikh to Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi Director of International organizations department in Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to the UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Valerie Cliff. In his introduction, Mr. Biau explained that the office’s main focus would be to assist Arab cities and towns.
And fresh from its opening, UN-HABITAT Kuwait office later in the week joined the Arab Towns Organisation in celebrating the Arab Towns Day on 15 March 2009 in Kuwait. Mr. Sheikh planted a tree on behalf of UN-HABITAT in the friendship and peace garden as well as sending goodwill message to the Executive Director of Arab Towns Organisation Mr. Al-Adsani.