Permanent Representation at the UN [fr]
Permanent Representation at the UN
Along with New York and Geneva, Nairobi hosts one of the three United Nations world headquarters. The Kenyan capital is home to the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). The Permanent Representative of France to the UN Headquarters in Nairobi is the Ambassador of France to Kenya, assisted by a Deputy Permanent Representative.
UNEP is a United Nations programme under the authority of the Secretary-General and reports to the United Nations General Assembly. It is currently led by Norwegian Erik Solheim, and is the highest authority on environmental issues within the UN system. Its status was enhanced by the Rio+20 Conference Declaration in 2012, which renamed its governing body the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) and made it universal. UNEP meets every two years at the level of Environment Ministers to assess the implementation of UNEP’s programme of work and identify key priorities for future action. Its third session was held from 4 to 6 December 2017, on the theme of pollution. UNEP-4 will take place in Nairobi in March 2019. France is one of the main contributors to UNEP’s budget, with which it cooperates closely in a close European dialogue. Each year, France places several Junior Associate Experts (JEAs) at the disposal of UNEP.
UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme dedicated to housing and urbanization issues. While the majority of the world’s population now lives in cities, both formal and informal, UN-Habitat has refocused its activities in recent years on urban planning issues. It advises governments and manages a large portfolio of projects. Its action falls mainly within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 11 ("Sustainable Cities and Communities"), while having implications for all 17 SDGs. UN-Habitat is responsible for the implementation of the Global New Urban Agenda (NUA), developed at the Habitat III conference held in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016. To this end, it will ultimately coordinate the overall United Nations action on urban issues. The programme has been run by Malaysia’s Maimunah Mohd Sharif since January 2018. Several young French Associate Experts (JEAs) work within UN-Habitat.