Abdul Baqi Popal has been the Senior Program Coordinator and Manager of UN-Habitat in Afghanistan for ten years. At that time, he worked on establishing good governance in municipalities and upgrading informal settlements. As Regional Program Manager for South Afghanistan, Mr. Popal later managed the portfolio of UN-‐Habitat multi-‐sector programs, including the National Solidarity Program (NSP) in nine rural districts. Previously, he worked for UNICEF and UNHCR in Kandahar. He now serves the Ministry of Municipalities as Deputy Minister.