Thursday, June 22, 2006

The Mayor of Hargeisa in Vancouver for the United Nation's World Urban Forum

The Mayor of the Capital of Somaliland Hargeisa, Huseen Mohamuud Jiciir arrived today at Vancouver International Airport for the United Nation's World Urban Forum, which runs June 21-25 at the Great Northern Way Campus (555 Great Northern Way between Main and Clark).

Mayor Jaciir was welcomed at Vancouver airport by the Somaliland community in vancouver, Mr Hamza Hashi Jama Dahabshiil agent in Vancouver, Osman Adan Raxaab, Cabdi Macali Osman, Sabaax Gudaal, Asha Gudaal, Mohamed Hassan, Abduftah Madadaal, Faysal Cali Waraabe And Mohamed Ghalib Musa Somaliland Net Adminstrator.

The Mayor will attend tomorrow sessions Wednesday, June 21, 10:00-12:00 Municipal Finance: Innovation and collaborationRoom: VCEC-Ballroom C

Key Participants:

Mr. Anwar Versi, Editor, African Business,
London,United Kingdom
Jacqueline E. Schafer, Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Economic Growth and Trade, Government of the United States of America
Lamine Mbassa, Director of Economic and Financial Affairs, Communauté Urbaine de Douala (CUD), Cameroon
Mateu Turró, Associate Director, Projects Directorate European Investment Bank, International, Luxembourg
Jawaid Akhtar, Managing Director, Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation, City, India
Fernando Damata Pimentel, Mayor of Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Katherine Sierra, Vice President and Network Head, Infrastructure, World Bank, Washington, DC

Sustainable Cities: Urban safety and security: Taking Responsibility Room: Exhibit Hall A

Key speaker:

Anna-Maria Tremonti, Host,

The Current, CBC, Toronto, Canada (Facilitator)

Ghulam Sakhi Noorzad, Mayor, Kabul, Afghanistan

Mr. Yoshinobu FUKASAWA, Director for Planning, National and Regional Planning Bureau,
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Japan
Ian Davies, Visiting Professor, Cranfield University, United Kingdom Luis Eduardo Garzón, Mayor, Bogotá, SpainBhekokwakhe Hamilton Cele,
Transport Safety and Community Liaison Officer, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

More than 10,000 people from 150 countries have gathered at the United Nation's World Urban Forum, in Vancouver this week.

The World Urban Forum was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanisation and its impact on communities, cities, economies and policies. It is projected that in the next fifty years, two-thirds of humanity will be living in towns and cities. A major challenge is to minimize burgeoning poverty in cities, improve the urban poor's access to basic facilities such as shelter, clean water and sanitation and achieve environment-friendly, sustainable urban growth and development.

The World Urban Forum is a biennial gathering that is attended by a wide range of partners, from non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations, urban professionals, academics, to governments, local authorities and national and international associations of local governments. It gives all these actors a common platform to discuss urban issues in formal and informal ways and come up with action-oriented proposals to create sustainable cities.

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