NEW YORK: Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif (pic) of Malaysia has been re-elected by the United Nations General Assembly as the chief director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) for a time period of two years, the Xinhua information company stories.
Her preliminary four-year time period ended on Wednesday (Jan 19).
Her new time period began on Thursday (Jan 20) and ends on Jan 19, 2024.
The General Assembly on Thursday acted on the advice of UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
Maimunah’s re-election was accepted with out a vote.
Before changing into head of UN-Habitat, she was mayor of Penang. She has over 30 years’ expertise in city planning, city regeneration and community-led growth.
Since becoming a member of the United Nations in January 2018, Maimunah has repositioned UN-Habitat as a thought chief in sustainable urbanisation.
She is co-chair of the Secretary-General’s Task Force on the Future of Cities and co-chair of the Local 2030 Coalition.
She is an advocate for native voluntary critiques and champions the city perspective within the World Economic Forum, by no means forgetting her humble beginnings within the rubber plantations of Malaysia, stated the press workplace of the UN Secretary-General.
Maimunah, 60, holds a Bachelor’s diploma on the town planning research from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology and a Master’s in planning research from Universiti Sains Malaysia.
She is married and has two daughters. – Bernama