Minister addresses UNGA, talks about housing policy to help the poor

Minister of Public Works and Housing Yahya Kasbi. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Minister of Public Works and Housing Yahya Kasbi on Thursday said that the normal increase in population in Jordan led governments to consider improving housing policies and mechanisms to implement these policies, to be able to deal with this increase and ensure a decent life for people, according to a local media outlet. اضافة اعلان

The normal population growth, along with the increased number of forced migrants and internal migrants, affected the social, economic, and environmental elements of sustainable development, Kasbi told the high-level UN General Assembly meeting held Thursday in New York under the theme “Assessing the implementation of a new urban agenda”.

Kasbi added that Jordan signed the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in 1975, which clearly stipulates that all parties must “recognize the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for themselves and their families, including adequate food, clothing and housing”.

The minister also highlighted the Royal Court’s role in preparing and implementing the Royal directives that have social and economic dimensions and contribute to providing housing to impoverished families.

Kasbi called on the countries participating in the meeting to provide housing for the low-income and impoverished people through priority projects stipulated in national policies and development plans.

He also stressed the importance of establishing a detailed database about the housing reality of needy families, to determine the direct support forms and levels while taking into consideration the ability to bear costs and provide incentives for the financial institutions that lend money for families with low income or families supported by women.

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