In his Presidential Address at the Plenary Session of the Governing Council of UN-Habitat in Nairobi, Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation M.Venkaiah Naidu has said growing urbanization is an irreversible process particularly in the developing countries like India which is witnessing urban renaissance.
“From a state of total neglect of urban planning and execution, urban local bodies in India are now enthusiastically obtaining credit ratings that impact a wide range of urban governance issues. This is a clear sign of urban renaissance in India,” Naidu asserted.
The Minister said that new urban missions like Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Smart City Mission, Swachh Bharat Mission, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) and the measures for promoting environment friendly public transport are aimed at ensuring inclusive and sustainable urban development.
The newly elected President of the Governing Council of UN-Habitat yesterday urged the international funding agencies to support programmes aimed at promoting inclusive urban development that benefits all sections of the society in the context of rapid urbanization in developing countries.
Naidu stressed that affordable housing, provision of other basic urban infrastructure, solid waste management, environment friendly public transport and skill development needs to be accorded priority in funding by the international agencies to ensure inclusive development.
Stressing on the need for collective actions by the global community to take forward the New Urban Agenda adopted at Quito, Ecuador last year, Naidu suggested a five point strategy to improve urban governance at the local level.
Venkiah Naidu was unanimously elected as the President of the Governing Council of UN-Habitat on Monday this week.