UN Habitat public dialogue.

 

Event moderator Johnstone Mwakazi  hands over the mic to a participant.

 

The University of Nairobi hosted the public dialogue on “Citizen Role in Innovating for Better Quality of Life for Urban Communities in Kenya.”  The dialogue which was part of the Un-Habitat Assembly attracted a host of dignitaries and professionals as well as representatives from the public, especially those in informal settlement.  The Assembly is expected to make decisions and pass resolutions that will frame the global urbanization agenda, look at major trends, norms and standards related to human settlements and sustainable urbanization and advice on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals and other global agenda.

As the first country to launch a national implementation plan for the New Urban Agenda (NUA) during the sidelines of the 26th UNHABITAT Governing Council, Kenya is fully committed to the realization of the NUA shared vision of inclusive and sustainable cities and human settlements. Significant efforts have been directed towards the establishment and strengthening of the governance and management institutions at the urban levels as part of implementation of devolution.

The affordable housing delivery plan in Kenya is a bold step towards achieving urban areas and human settlements that fulfil their social function and ‘leave no one behind’ as it touches on a fundamental values and dignity of the vulnerable social class of the society. During the 2nd Kenya Urban Dialogue hosted by the World Bank on 15 October 2018 that focused on delivering on the affordable housing agenda, there was unanimity that housing delivery is not just the four walls but a human settlements issue. As a human settlements issue, this agenda brings into active play citizens’ rights as well as obligations.

 

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