Fiji Time: 9:42 AM on Thursday 21 September

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Cities' plight in UN agenda

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

AS chair of the Group of 77 and China, Fiji has called on world leaders to give urgent attention to the sustainability of cities in the future.

The message was relayed to world leaders at the United Nations in New York by Fiji's Ambassador Peter Thomson in his address at the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals yesterday.

An Information Ministry statement yesterday said the subject under current debate by the OWG was Sustainable Cities, Human Settlement and Sustainable Transport.

Mr Thomson explained that the 133-member Group of 77's approach to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda was firmly aimed at eradicating poverty and advancing sustainable development.

He told the OWG that the grim reality of approximately one billion people living in urban slums highlighted the gravity of the challenges they faced.

Mr Thomson said the Group of 77 encouraged governments and UN Habitat to use planned city extension methodologies to guide the sustainable development of cities in order to prevent slum proliferation, enhance access to basic urban services, support inclusive housing, enhance job opportunities and create a safe and healthy living environment for all urban dwellers.

He also pointed out that the world's urban areas were expected to expand by 60 per cent before 2030, representing unparalleled opportunities to transform the social and economic fabric of nations.

"Today 50 per cent of the world's seven billion people are urbanised, with projections showing that some 70 per cent will live in cities by 2050," he said.

He said the SDGs must address the multi-dimensional challenges of urban dwellers in order to provide access to basic services, improve the lives of slum dwellers, strengthen urban resilience and protect ecosystems."

Mr Thomson also called for modalities of interaction between nations at the international level, as well as between central and local governments at national levels, in order to fulfil their respective roles as governmental stakeholders in global efforts on sustainability.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61780.5988
JPY 56.632153.6321
GBP 0.37020.3622
EUR 0.41860.4066
NZD 0.69290.6599
AUD 0.63040.6054
USD 0.50390.4869

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 22nd, August, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Mysteries of the floating island
  2. Pay rise deal
  3. Body find at Vesida
  4. Union demand ridiculous, says Sayed-Khaiyum
  5. Planned water disruption advisory for Suva
  6. Eels approach Namosi flyer
  7. On top of his game
  8. Villagers give up $300k forest for relocation
  9. Farmers warned on grants
  10. Japan vows to help Fiji

Top Stories this Week

  1. Tragic deaths Thursday (14 Sep)
  2. $16k dream holiday Monday (18 Sep)
  3. The fee to kill Tuesday (19 Sep)
  4. Boy, 16, attacks Jesus Thursday (14 Sep)
  5. Mysteries of the floating island Wednesday (20 Sep)
  6. Coffee shop with a class Friday (15 Sep)
  7. Teens hurt in brawl Saturday (16 Sep)
  8. Nawai's prophecy Friday (15 Sep)
  9. NFP leader under fire Friday (15 Sep)
  10. Head teacher in court for sexual assault Monday (18 Sep)