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  • The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing is embarking on a series of island-wide consultations from May 12 to 16, in preparation for a national report for the third United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat III).
  • The consultations are expected to obtain the inputs of various stakeholders on the draft Habitat country report.
  • The report would consider the implementation of the second UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) agenda, held in Istanbul, Turkey, in June 1996.

The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing is embarking on a series of island-wide consultations from May 12 to 16, in preparation for a national report for the third United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat III).

In addition to the one taking place at the UWI Western Campus at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 12, consultations will be held on Wednesday, May 14, at the Mandeville Parish Church Hall at 10:00 a.m., and on Friday, May 16, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, Downtown Kingston, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

In an interview with JIS News, Chief Technical Director for Housing in the Ministry, Mrs. Doreen Prendergast, explained that the consultations are expected to obtain the inputs of various stakeholders on the draft Habitat country report that has been prepared by the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies.

“We are doing an assessment to see where we are given the changes that have taken place regarding urbanization. In Jamaica, 54 per cent of our population is urban and we now have to look to see what we can do to address the challenges and how we can garner the opportunities that come with urbanization,” she added.

Mrs. Prendergast said the report, which was done under the theme: ‘Housing and Sustainable Urban Development’, would consider the implementation of the second UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) agenda, held in Istanbul, Turkey, in June 1996. It would also look at new challenges, emerging trends and a prospective vision for sustainable human settlements and urban development, as well as cross cutting issues in a balanced way.

The UN Conference on Human Settlements was first convened in Vancouver, Canada in 1976, and has been held once every 20 years since then.

Popularly called the ‘City Summit’, the Habitat Conference brings together high level representatives of national and local governments, as well as private sector, non- governmental organisations (NGOs), research and training institutions and the media.

Habitat III is intended to provide the opportunity to discuss and chart new pathways in response to the challenges of urbanisation and the opportunities it offers for the implementation of sustainable development goals.