Maimunah Mohd Sharif

Executive Director UN Habitat

Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif (Malaysia) is the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), appointed at the level of Under-Secretary-General by the Secretary-General, following an election by the General Assembly on 22 December 2017. She succeeds Dr. Joan Clos of Spain. As the Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Ms.Sharif has focused on reforming and rejuvenating the agency, mobilizing for internal and external support for the organization's restructuring and new Strategic Plan 2020–2023.Key initiatives undertaken by Ms. Sharif as the Executive Director of UN-Habitat include the adoption of the General Assembly Resolution 73/539after 14 years of negotiation,which established a new governance structurewith universal membership, governed by the UN-Habitat Assembly.Prior to this appointment, Ms. Sharif was the Mayor of the City Council of Penang Island, Malaysia. In 2011, she was the first woman to be appointed President of the Municipal Council of Seberang Perai. As mayor of a local authority, she led the Municipal Council of Seberang Perai to achieve its vision of a “cleaner, greener, safer and healthier place to work, live, invest and play.”Ms. Sharif began her career as a Town Planner at the Municipal Council of Penang Island in 1985. In 2003, she was promoted to Director of Planning and Development, a position she held until November 2009.Born in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, on 26 August 1961, Ms. Sharif holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Town Planning Studies from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology, UK and a Master of Science in Planning Studies from the Malaysia Science University.

3.00 pm - 5.15 pm

Friday 25th Feb

Session III

Moderated by Luca Fraioli (la Repubblica)

Mediterranean Sea, water pollution, environment and hydric and energetic resources protection; policies to support a sustainable economic development based on a fair distribution of hydric and energetic resources; technology access for a sustainable energetic transition.

Keynote speech by Tareq Abu Hamed, Executive Director, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Israel

Keynote speech: by Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director UN Habitat (video contribution)

3.30 pm - 5.15 pm: “Urban dialogues”, Mayors’ open talk session

During this session mayors will be invited to discuss the topics addressed by the keynote speakers to debate priorities and share possible solutions.