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Third World Urban Forum (WUF3)
19-23 June 2006 | Vancouver, Canada
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Highlights for Monday, 19 June 2006

The third session of the World Urban Forum (WUF3) opened in Vancouver, Canada with a traditional song and dance welcome on behalf of the First Nations of Canada. In the morning, delegates heard opening statements and adopted the WUF3 agenda and organization of work. In the afternoon, Forum participants convened in six roundtable discussions and numerous networking sessions. More information.

The Royal Canadian Mounty Police (RCMP) at the opening ceremony
Indigenous representative welcomed participants on behalf of First Nations of Canada
Dallas Arcand, Cree from the Province of Alberta, Canada, performing a hoop dance at the opening ceremony
Charles Kelly, Commissioner General, WUF3, Government of Canada
Sam Sullivan, Mayor, City of Vancouver, Canada
Gordon Campbell, Premier of British Columbia, Canada
Taiko drummers
Distinguished guests enjoyed the Taiko drummers performance
Anna Tibaijuka, Under Secretary-General, United Nations; Executive Director, UN-HABITAT, Kenya
Anna Tibaijuka leads a minute silence for Jane Jacobs and Rafic Hariri
A youth representative introduced Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
Noli de Castro, Vice President, Government of the Philippines
Ali Mohamed Shein, Vice President, Government of Tanzania
Ali Mohamed Shein and Anna Tibaijuka
A choir of young singers
Ali Mohamed Shein and Anna Tibaijuka sharing a joke
Opening plenary
María Antonia Trujillo, Spain’s Minister of Housing and WUF2 Chair, opened the plenary session by stating that WUF3 should explore how to go from ideas to actions
Diane Finley, Canada’s Minister of Human Resources and Social Development and WUF3 Chair, invited delegates to assess progress and respond to challenges posed by cities
Alphonso Jackson, Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, stressed that home ownership can make cities stronger, safer and more prosperous
Women's roundtable
Researchers’ roundtable
L-R: Patrick Wakeley, Development Planning Unit, University College of London; Paula Juron, Housing Institute at the University of Chile; and Naison Mutizwa-Mangiza, UN-HABITAT
Parliamentarian roundtable
Ministers' roundtable
Agreements between the Executive Director of UN-HABITAT and other organizations
Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, meets with representatives of the Senegalese NGO, Environment and Development of Developing Countries (ENDA)
Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, signs an agreement with Tony Roberts of Computer Aid International
L-R: Anna Tibajuka, HABITAT Executive Director, and Anne Stenhammer, Norway, sign an agreement of programme cooperation
Anna Tibajuka, HABITAT Executive Director, at the opening the photo exhibition on MDGs, produced by children and youth in Mathare Slums in Nairobi
Anna Tibajuka and Anne Stenhammer dancing to the rhythm of kenyan drummers
World Youth Forum: 16-18 June 2006
Sarah Antonia, Youth Delegate, World Youth Forum
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