Monday, 03 October 2016 03:00

The United Nations commemorates World Habitat Day

On 3 October 2016, the United Nations commemorated World Habitat Day. The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic rights of all in adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities in towns.

Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary-General, noted in his message on World Habitat Day that achievement of 17 Sustainable Development Goals will depend, in large part, on whether we can make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. The Secretary-General urged national and local government, city planners and communities everywhere to keep “Housing at the Centre,” placing housing at the centre of urban policy and urban decision-making, to ensure access to affordable and adequate housing for all.

Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), emphasized in his message that this is a very special year, coinciding with Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador, where the New Urban Agenda will be adopted. With the wish to highlight the relevance of decent housing for the urban quality of life in the New Urban Agenda, Dr. Clos called to renew our global commitment to sustainable urban development and to ensure a dignified life for millions of people worldwide.

In Iraq, the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Public Municipalities hosted an event in Baghdad to mark World Habitat Day with the presence of Her Excellency Ms. Ann Nafi Aussi, Minister of Construction, Housing and Public Municipalities who confirmed that the ministry is developing a national reconstruction plan after classifying the damaged sectors and identifying priority projects as well as directing the housing loans under the initiative of the Central Bank towards the reconstruction of the houses in the liberated areas.

Dr. Erfan Ali, Head of UN-Habitat Iraq Programme, reiterated that during the past two years, UN-Habitat’s primary focus was to address humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict with the so-called ISIL, providing adequate shelters to those who are displaced. Dr. Ali referred to projects that are currently implemented by UN-Habitat on Urban Recovery in newly liberated areas such as Ramadi and Sinjar, and also stated that UN-Habitat is committed to support the government’s efforts after liberation of Mosul to rebuild the city.

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