Egypt has been elected to the Executive Board of UN-Habitat, the UN agency for urban development and human settlements, for four years until 2023, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.
The decision was announced during the UN-Habitat Assembly, which opened on Monday at the United Nations Office in Nairobi and runs until Friday.
The list of nominated African countries comprised Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Senegal, Angola and Malawi, the ministry said in a statement.
Egypt’s win is a “recognition of the Egyptian government’s efforts to implement urban planning and development projects to build new cities, eliminate slums and rehabilitate areas unsuitable for habitation,” the statement said.
The 193-nation assembly convenes every four years at the headquarters of UN-Habitat in the Kenyan capital.
The Executive Board is made up of 36 elected members and meets three times a year to boost the oversight of UN-Habitat operations.
In its current round, the UN-Habitat Assembly will adopt “global norms and policies that will guide how cities and communities are planned, managed and governed,” it said in a statement.