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    The Ministry of Water and Housing will host the 18th Conference of Ministers and High Level Authorities on Housing and Urbanisation in Latin America and the Caribbean (MINURVI), in July.
    Themes for the conference are: ‘Financing Social Housing in view of the World Economic Crisis’, and ‘Housing in Risky Situations’. Presidency of the conference was officially transferred to Jamaica at the 17th MINURVI conference, which was held in El Salvador, in September 2008.
    The conference, which will be held over three days from July 15 to 17, in Montego Bay, St. James, will be attended by Ministers of Housing and Urbanisation from across Latin America and the Caribbean.
    In preparation for the conference, Minister of Water and Housing, Dr. Horace Chang, presided over the first Executive Committee Meeting in his capacity as President of MINURVI for the 2008/2009 period. The 17th meeting was held in Argentina, the host country for the Technical Secretariat, in December 2008. Jamaica will host the Second Executive Committee Meeting at the Jamaica Conference Centre, in Kingston, on May 8.
    Since 1992, regional meetings are held annually and hosted by a member country of MINURVI. Jamaica, through the then Ministry of Environment and Housing, successfully hosted the Sixth meeting in 1996, in Kingston and became the Interim Secretariat of MINURVI for the period 1996-97. Jamaica has been elected to the MINURVI Executive Committee as focal point for the Caribbean sub-region on several occasions and continues to play an integral role in the process through its consistent support and contribution.
    MINURVI, through its Technical Secretariat, has been a co-ordinating body for the overall review and appraisal of the implementation of the goals and objectives of the Habitat Agenda in the Latin American and Caribbean region since the Habitat II Conference, which was held in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1996.
    As part of its mandate, MINURVI also reviews the progress of the implementation of the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals in the region.

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