Joburg Mayor calls for social cohesion at Vatican CityBy TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – JOHANNESBURG Executive Mayor, Parks Tau, has called for social cohesion to deal with challenges of modern slavery and climate change.
Tau said this at a two-day meeting of mayors from across the world at the Vatican City.
He joined other mayors who met Pope Francis at the meeting designed to call local government authorities of global cities to action by joining the religious leaders in their request to the United Nations (UN) to consider modern slavery and human trafficking a crime against humanity.
The call also looks to put moral pressure on the UN to make sure that the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will be approved by the UN in September 2015 and in the Paris COP-21 Summit December give enough weight to these two concerns.
During his presentation at the meeting convened by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Mayor Tau quoted a report of the UN Habitat, which predicts that by 2050, 75 percent of humanity will be living in cities – indicating that urbanisation was the future as more people moved into cities.
“The highest growth rates of population are currently recorded in cities, especially those in the south. Johannesburg is already urbanising at a rate of approximately 4 percent – with our population having grown from 3.7 million to 4.4 million in almost ten years.”
Tau pointed out that the African continent, having suffered from years of colonisation, has not seen relative peace and stability in some countries.
“This has led to forced migration of people from rural to urban areas, and from unstable countries to those with relative stability,” he said.
“In recent months, South Africa witnessed social unrest against migrants which unfortunately portrayed the country in a bad light. The South African government’s response has been to promote social cohesion through ongoing anti-xenophobia campaigns,” Tau added.
– CAJ News
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