Calling on the international community to “get cities right” so the impacts of rapid urbanization can be better managed and sustainable development for all can be achieved, the United Nations (UN) and civil society experts said that it is how countries plan, build, and manage their cities today that will determine the outcome of global efforts to achieve a sustainable future.
The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) previewed and launched “The City We Need,” a document outlining the vision of a city for the 21st century that draws attention to the links between urbanization and major global development challenges such as environmental issues and grinding poverty. The City We Need is a booklet of nine principles that can be implemented in order to achieve sustainable urban development. It is conceived, designed and written by the members of the World Urban Campaign.
The cities of the world generate 80% of the wealth and economic growth. The World Urban Campaign is a platform of more than 70 institutions and networks coordinated by UN Habitat, and created in 2010 to define the direction that urban development must take in the coming decades. In preparation for the 7th session of the World Urban Forum to be held in April in Medellin, Colombia, the document advocates more physically resilient cities and the development of affordable housing in order to ensure that the billion people who are living in slums today will have a better future.
As the world urban population is expected to double in the next 40 years, World Urban Campaign said that it will be building and constructing more human settlements than it has since the beginning. UN-Habitat emphasized the need for more socially inclusive city, cities that are more efficient, better organized and resilient, and where the dignity of every citizen is respected.
We congratulate the United Nations Human Settlements Programme/United Nations-Habitat headed by its Executive Director Joan Clos and the World Urban Campaign headed by its Chairman of the Steering Committee Nicholas You, other Officers and Personnel, in their efforts in promoting socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter and, therefore, achieve a sustainable future for the Filipino people in our Republic of the Philippines
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