Cimate Change, DRR, Gender-Responsive Development, Resilience

Maimunah Mohd Sharif of Malaysia to Assume the Post of Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) January 22nd

Happy 2018! We are pleased to announce that Maimunah Mohd Sharif of Malaysia, elected Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) on December 22, 2017 will take office January 22, 2018.Ms. Sharif succeeds Joan Clos of Spain who championed, while in Office, the development of the New Urban Agenda and the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG11), which was the first development goal to focus on sustainable urbanization.


Ms. Sharif is currently Mayor of the City Council of Penang Island, Malaysia. Prior to her appointment as Mayor, she was the first woman to be appointed as President of the Municipal Council of Seberang Perai in 2011. Sharif is a champion of Gender Responsive Participatory Budgeting to integrate gender perspectives into the governance process as a tool to mainstream gender into budgetary and development policy and planning.


The incoming Executive Director’s proven commitment to strengthening the role of local governments and grassroots community stakeholders in realizing an inclusive New Urban Agenda establishes a strong foundation for partnering

with the grassroots groups and activists in our network who are committed to empowering women as leaders of

sustainable urban development. Working closely with Ms. Sharif and UN Habitat staff, our members are

confident we can collaboratively produce opportunities and a better quality of life for women, their families and communities.



Sri Husnaini Sofjan is Huairou Commission’s senior policy specialist and  focal point in Malaysia as we prepare for the inaugural Global Grassroots Women’s Congress and for the Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9). She met with Maimunah Mohd Sharif and with Somsook Boonyabancha, representing the Asian Coalition of Housing Rights (ACHR)–a valuable partner in our preparations for the Women’s and, with SDI, the Grassroots Assembly at WUF9.

Huairou Commission is excited to welcome Maimunah Mohd Sharif in her new position, as her work continues to support our initiatives and the empowerment of grassroots women. 


Picture from left to right: Sri Husnaini Sofjan, Huairou Commission’s Senior Program Administrator and Strategist, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN Habitat new Executive Director & Somsook Boonyabancha, Asian Coalition of Housing Rights (ACHR).