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Chief Urban Basic Services - UN-Habitat
Andre Dzikus is the Chief of Urban Basic Services. Previously he was the Coordinator of the Urban Basic Services Branch (UBSB) at UN-Habitat and the Acting Coordinator of the Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation Branch. Urban basic services at UN-Habitat covers its work on water and sanitation, energy, transport, solid waste, ICT. This work covers all three pillars of the UN: humanitarian response, peace and security and development. Andre Dzikus has been with UN-Habitat for nearly 30 years and managed large projects and programmes in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He was instrumental in setting up the Water and Sanitation Trust Fund (WSTF) to address the MDGs. WSTF was capitalized to the tune of USD 190 million resulting in follow-up investments of USD 2.5 billion. In response to the adoption Agenda 2030 by member states the WSTF was converted into an Urban Basic Services Trust Fund with an initial capitalization of USD 60 million. He was also instrumental in setting up the Waste Wise Cities Campaign in 2018. Andre holds a degree in Urban Geography, which specialization urban and regional planning in developing countries, as well as an additional specialization in tropical epidemiology, from the University of Heidelberg, Germany.