Nairobi, October 1st. The National Action Plan for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda in Cuba 2017-2036, elaborated by the Institute of Physical Planning, received today in Nairobi, from the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, the 2018 United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Scroll of Honor, for its outstanding contributions in the development of human settlements.
The award ceremony was organized by the Government of Kenya and UN-Habitat, during the celebration in this African country on World Habitat Day. The activity was held at the headquarters of this United Nations Program in Nairobi. The prestigious recognition was received by José Juan Martínez Beatón, director of Territorial Planning of the Institute of Physical Planning of Cuba.
The National Action Plan establishes the road map in Cuba to integrate the principles of the New Urban Agenda in the formulation and implementation of territorial and urban policies to guarantee the sustainable development of human settlements. For the results obtained, the Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, sent a warm congratulation to the Cuban Government and people.
The Honor Scroll was created in 1989 by UN-Habitat, to encourage and recognize the contribution of countries, governments, organizations and individuals to the development of human settlements. It is the most prestigious prize in the world in its field. This year, in addition to Cuba, were also awarded the projects of the city of Xuzhou in China; Tri Rismaharini, mayor of the city of Surabaya in Indonesia; Mona A. Serageldin, vice president of the United States Institute for Urban Development and Isaac Muasa, president of Mathare's Youth Conservation Group in Kenya.
Embassy of Cuba