The statement said US representatives tried to impede the consensus among members of the council, and disrupted the election process to prevent Iran’s presidency, adding that Washington even threatened to withdraw from body and cut all US funding for the UN program if Iran were elected to chair the council.
"Even though the United States used all available financial, political and organizational mechanisms, including pressure on the Secretariat and other countries, Iran pursued diplomatic and rational channels" to gather support for the chair, the statement said.
The US finally had no option but to retreat from its position and the Islamic Republic of Iran was elected as the chair of the Executive Council of UN-Habitat in a separate virtual meeting, it added.
Working under the UN General Assembly, the UN-Habitat has the duty to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities to provide adequate shelter for all.
The main documents outlining this mandate are the Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements, Habitat Agenda, Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements, the Declaration on Cities and Other Human Settlements in the New Millennium, and Resolution 56/206.