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Joan Clos, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), USA

Dr. Joan Clos

Dr. Joan Clos, is the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), at the level of Under Secretary General by the United Nations General Assembly. He has held this office since October 2010. Born in Barcelona, he is a medical doctor with a distinguished career in public service and diplomacy. He was twice elected Mayor of Barcelona, serving from 1997 until 2006. He was Minister of Industry, Tourism, and Trade of Spain, and also served as the Spanish Ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan. He is a medicine graduate from the Universidad Autónoma Barcelona (UAB), and specialized in Public Health and Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh. Dr. Clos served as President of Metropolis, President of the World Association of Cities and Local Authorities (WACLAC), Chairman of the United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA) and as a member of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR).

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