Following a resolution adopted by consensus at the 22nd session of UN-HABITAT Governing Council in April 2009 on the Special Human Settlements Programme for the Palestinian People, UN-HABITAT this week started to scale up its activities in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).
Mr. Daniel Biau, Director of the Regional and Technical Cooperation Division (RTCD), and Mr. Alain Grimard, Senior Human Settlements Officer of the Regional Office for Africa and the Arab States (ROAAS) visited the region on 20-24 August 2009 and met with Palestinian officials and partner institutions.
The aim of the visit was to oversee and review UN-HABITAT’s ongoing activities and projects and to discuss the new UN-HABITAT Programme Document (2009-2011) prepared for the occupied territories with different partners. In Ramallah, the delegation met with Mr. Mohammad Shtayyeh, Minister of Public Works and Housing and discussed with him potential support of UN-HABITAT to the Palestinian housing sector. The delegation also met with Mr. Khaled Qawasmi, Minister of Local Government, and agreed to joint efforts to strengthen the planning practices both at the regional and local levels in the West Bank. For details click here.