QUITO, -- Mohammed Yousuf Al Awadhi, UAE Non-Resident Ambassador to Ecuador, headed the UAE delegation to the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), held in Quito, Ecuador's capital, from 17th to 20th October.

President of the Republic of Ecuador Raphael Correa delivered a speech during the opening ceremony attended by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, as well as presidents, ministers and delegations from 193 countries.

The UAE ambassador delivered a number of lectures at various sessions and workshops covered by the conference.

Habitat III aimed to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urban development with a "New Urban Agenda." It also assessed progress on the recommendations made at Habitat II in Istanbul in 1996, a conference that represented a significant landmark for the international municipal movement.

Source: Emirates News Agency