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New Agenda For Holistic, Sustainable Urban Development

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry today outlined five key components of urban development standards for the next 30 years through the New Urban Agenda.

Its minister Tan Sri Noh Omar said the components were the National Urban Policy, Urban Legislation and Regulations, Urban Design and Planning, Urban Council Financial System, Urban Economic and Local Implementation.

“This agenda offers a paradigm shift in the way we think, build and create a chain of development partners in managing cities in the future in a holistic and sustainable way.

“The New Urban Agenda document is a political statement that will steer the direction of urban sustainability by making it more inclusive, safe, resilient and prosperous,” he said when officiating at the introduction of the agenda, here, today.

He said the agenda was adopted by 170 United Nations member countries during the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, on Oct 20, last year.

“This agenda, available in six major languages, has been translated into Malay, so that it will be easier to be adopted in the local context, especially for federal and state departments as well as the local authorities,” he said.

He said other aspects outlined in the agenda were governance structures, social inclusion, spatial development, urban prosperity and environmental sustainability.

He added that the agenda would also be discussed with other countries during the Ninth World City Forum to be held from Feb 7 to 13, next year. – BERNAMA

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