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Official opening of the 8th World Conference of Historical Cities

The first Monday in October has been declared World Habitat Day by the United Nations, and is the opening day of the 8th World Conference of Historical Cities. Dr. Axumite Gebre-Egziabher, Director of the New York Office of UN-Habitat, will honour us with her presence and take the opportunity to bring us a message concerning this world Habitat Day from UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, delivered that same morning in New York on the theme of Water for Cities. Dr. Gebre-Egziabher will be attending at the invitation of the LHC Chairperson, the Mayor of Kyoto.

Dr. Axumite Gebre-Egziabher

A geographer by training, Dr. Gebre-Egziabher holds a PhD in development planning, with a major in the political economics of urban planning. She was a high-ranking member of the Ethiopian public service, with that country’s Urban Development and Housing Department, and later a consultant to the United Nations. She joined the UN in 1993 as an advisor on human settlements, with the regional office for Africa and the Arab States, and was appointed to New York in 1999. You can read her complete résumé.
Dr. Axumite Gebre-Egziabher
  Dr. Axumite Gebre-Egziabher,
source: UN-Habitat, New York

UN-Habitat – United Nations Human Settlements Program

In January 2002, the Commission for Human Settlements and its secretariat, the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat), including the United Nations Foundation for Habitat and Human Settlements, became a new organization named UN-Habitat. This United Nations agency was created in 1978 to co-ordinate UN activities concerning human settlements, and serves as the central organization for implementing the Habitat Program.

“The Habitat Program is a call to action at all levels worldwide. As part of its goals, principles and commitments, it proposes a positive view of viable human settlements, where everyone enjoys appropriate housing in a healthy and safe environment, with all essential services and access to productive work that they can choose freely. The Habitat Program will help us to make this vision a reality.”

This program was endorsed by 171 GOVERNMENTS AND adopted at the first World Assembly of Cities and Local Authorities (WACLA). See: www.unhabitat.org.


Helen Fotopulos attends US/ICOMOS

Helen Fotopulos, Montréal Executive Committee member responsible for Culture and Heritage, took part in the 6th US / ICOMOS International Symposium in Annapolis, Maryland, from April 23 to 26. She gave a talk on heritage issues and the different management tools developed by the City of Montréal. She also took the opportunity to extend an invitation to the 8th World Conference of Historical Cities.



From left to right:
Dinu Bumbaru, Secretary General of ICOMOS
Helen Fotopulos, member of the Executive Committee of the City of Montréal responsible for Culture and Heritage
Ellen O. Moyer, Mayor of Annapolis
Gustavo F. Araoz, Executive Director of US / ICOMOS

6th US / ICOMOS International Symposium in Annapolis
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June 4, 2003