Union Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has been unanimously elected by India as the President of the UN-Habitat.
The GC is an inter-governmental policy and decision-making body that seeks to promote the comprehensive approach to human settlements, assist the countries in addressing related problems and strengthen cooperation among them on the issue.
After a gap of 10 years, India was elected to the body for the third time since 1998 and 2007. Naidu was elected on Monday and will hold office for the next two years. UN-Habitat reports to the UN General Assembly.
Currently, Naidu is in Nairobi, Kenya, and is chairing the four-day meeting of the 58-member Governing Council (GC) of UN-Habitat.
The theme for the 26th session is ‘Opportunities for effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda.’ It sets a global standard for sustainable urban development and was adopted at Quito, Ecuador in 2016.
Addressing the GC, Naidu stressed on the need to remodel urban planning and execution strategies to ensure the dignity of living and adequate means of living for people in terms of rapid urbanization, particularly in developing countries.
He further focused on integrated, inclusive and sustainable urban development model of India via missions such as Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Smart City, Swacch Bharat, and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
He said these missions are addressing deficits in various kinds of infrastructure, including affordable housing in a convergence mode.
Naidu is also chairing the ‘Bureau Meeting of the Asia- Pacific Ministers’ Conference on Housing and Urban Development’ in Nairobi.