African Governments Agree on Implement of New Urban Agenda
By Estate Cloud - - Africa
African governments have agreed on a common position for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.
Officials from various African governments had convened ahead of the United Nation’s high-level meeting to review progress in implementing a framework for sustainable urbanization.
The Africans’ Urban Agenda was hosted by Nigeria’s Minister of State for Works and Housing, Muazu Sambo.
Sambo told the forum that addressing urbanization challenges in Africa requires solutions that suit its regional and socio-economic variations.
He said Nigeria has been at the forefront in championing the African Urban Agenda, which focuses on mobilizing African Nations to unite in its quest for ‘home-made’ solutions to her urbanization challenges.
Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary in charge of Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works, James Macharia decried the slow pace of reporting on the NUA.
“We have limited financial resources and statistical capacity within national statistical systems to support reporting and UN-Habitat has also been underfunded and understaffed, making us unable to coordinate implementation and reporting,’’ said Jean Kimani, Kenya’s Permanent Representative to UN Human Settlements Programmes (UN-HABITAT) who represented CS Macharia.
NUA presents a shared global vision for how to build, manage, and live in cities, through urbanization that is well planned and well managed.
It presents a unified position in the global dialogue in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
The New Urban Agenda, adopted at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador, on 20 October 2016, presents a paradigm shift based on the science of cities and lays out standards and principles for the planning, construction, development, management and improvement of urban areas.
The New Urban Agenda is intended as a resource for different actors in multiple levels of government and for civil society organizations, the private sector and all who reside in urban spaces of the world.