Ghana, Nigeria drive African Urban Agenda
From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA) has commended Ghana and Nigeria for steering the process leading to the definition of African Urban Agenda.
Officials hailed the agenda as enhancing the development of the continent’s urban areas, which were registering significant growth.
Speaking at the occasion, the Secretary General of, Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, said the local government fraternity of Africa commended the contributions of the Presidential initiative driven by Ghana and Nigeria.
“Africa is urbanizing at a high pace, and cities are fast becoming the locus of majority of African people. But in spite of the challenge, Africa is making headways in creating an enabling environment for cities and
local governments to be able to cope with the urban challenge,” said Mbassi.
He spoke at the ongoing Habitat III Conference, ending on Friday.
The United Nations General Assembly in resolution 66/207 convened the Habitat III Conference to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization, to focus on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, building on the Habitat Agenda of Istanbul in 1996.
Speaking at the technical segment, Kumaresh Misra, the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, opined cities were the engine of economic growth and development.
“The vital role of urbanization for Sustainable Development is strongly reflected in goal 11 of the Sustainable Development Agenda, which calls for making cities and human settlements safe, resilient and sustainable,” said Misra.
– CAJ News
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