UN Secretary General (UNSG), Ban Ki-moon
Ban Wants World Guarantee Access To Housing For All
MONROVIA, September 3 (LINA) - As the world observes World Habitat Day, UN Secretary General (UNSG), Ban Ki-moon has called on national and local governments, city planners and communities to ensure that people everywhere have access to affordable and adequate housing.
The UNSG observed that more than half the global population already live in urban areas and that about a quarter of these urban dwellers live in slums or informal settlements.
Ban said the unplanned rapid expansion of towns and cities means an increasing number of poor and vulnerable people are living in precarious conditions, without adequate living space or access to basic services, such as water, sanitation, electricity and health care.
The UNSG’s statement was contained in his official message to the world on Monday marking the commemoration of World Habitat Day.
World Habitat Day is observed globally every year on the second Monday of October. It was officially designed by the UN and first celebrated in 1986.
The purpose of the day is to reflect on the state of cities, towns and the basic human rights to adequate shelter. It also aims to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the habitat of future generations.
Ban noted that this year the world is embarking on implementing the historic 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of Habitat III which has particular resonance.
He said the 2030 Agenda is a comprehensive, integrated and inclusive blueprint for peace, prosperity, dignity and opportunity for all people on a healthy planet.
According to Ban, achieving its 17 Sustainable Development Goals will depend, in large part, on whether the world can make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.