September 22, 2008

Angola to Host Africa’s Celebration to Mark World Habitat Day

Angola to host Africa's celebration to mark World Habitat Day

LUANDA, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Angolan capital of Luanda was chosen by the United Nations to host on October 6 the central act in commemoration of the World Habitat Day, Angola's official news agency ANGOP reported on Sunday.

Diekumpuna Sita Jose, minister of Urbanization and Environment, was quoted as saying that senior officials of the United Nations, including UN Undersecretary General and Executive Director of the UN Human Settlement Programme Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka have been invited to take part in the celebrations in Luanda.

Housing ministers of African countries, especially those from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), have also been invited to the event.

To make the celebrations successful, the Angolan government has created an inter-ministerial commission in charge of coordinating every aspect of the technical procedures and organizations of the event since late July.

The commission is made up by representatives from Luanda provincial government, the ministries of Urbanization and Environment, Foreign Affairs, Home Affairs, Finance, Public Works, Energy and Water, Culture, Social Communications and the National Reconstruction Office.

The United Nations has designated the first Monday in October every year as the World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of human settlements and the basic right to adequate shelter for all as well as to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.

(c) 2008 Xinhua News Agency - CEIS. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.