Amman mayor participates in governments forum

Mayor of the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) Yousef Shawarbeh. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Mayor of the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) Yousef Shawarbeh participated in the Fifth Local and Regional Governments Forum on the 2030 Agenda, held at the UN headquarters, in New York, from July 7 to 12 on the occasion of the 2022 UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Speaking at the forum, the mayor said that the gathering will serve sustainable development goals to enable cities and local governments to contribute to global efforts in order to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Amman, like many other cities, is facing several challenges, such as population growth due to migration and multiple waves of refugee, as well as the effects of climate change and the coronavirus pandemic, and this “requires global efforts to keep pace with such issues through plans and programs that enhance the quality of life to build resilient and inclusive cities”, Shawarbeh said.

He pointed out that the GAM supports efforts to achieve sustainable development goals and has come up with several urban and comprehensive plans, such as the Amman Resilience Strategy, the Amman Climate Change Plan, the Amman Green City Action Plan, and the 10-year Amman Smart City Roadmap.

On January 10, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia and UN-Habitat held a webinar on the preparation of the Voluntary Local Review of Amman, the first in the Arab region; it was expected to be finalized and presented during the HLPF.

The mayor added that the recently launched strategic GAM plan for 2022–2026 goes along with the Economic Modernization Vision, indicating that it operates in four domains related to life quality and environment; transportation, traffic, and infrastructure; investment; and legislation.

The forum was organized by the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments in partnership with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNDP, and UN-Habitat.

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