Kisibi urges future plans to enhance city-level progress, prosperity

Yahya Kisbi
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AMMAN — Minister of Public Works and Housing, Yahya Al-Kisbi, called on launching future plans depending on an "evidence-based, solid" scientific basis and guidelines to enhance cities' progress and ensure their prosperity, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان
 Chairing an Arab Housing and Construction Ministers meeting, on the sidelines of the World Urban Forum (WUF) held in Poland, Kisbi expressed pleasure in participating in the global event to discuss urban development over the coming years, sustain cities and implement standards of life quality and prosperity.
 Kisbi also noted the WUF held Thursday, under the title: "Transforming Our Cities for a Better Urban Future," aims to address challenges facing countries across the world, in light of "highly complex" global and regional conditions full of hurdles.
 In this regard, he referred to hardships facing the Arab region's peoples, such as poverty, unemployment, conflicts and wars, climate change, and lack of resources, in addition to COVID-19 pandemic.
 The meeting aims to shed light on the capability of Arab cities to withstand climate change and risks of disasters and pandemics, keep pace with the increasing demand for essential services and infrastructure, create job opportunities, and own adequate housing, Kisbi told the meeting.
 He also pointed to the WUF's "great" efforts to establish a strong interactive platform that presents promising suggestions and solutions, to achieve a balance between the resources and capabilities of cities and their challenges to increase their resilience, present pioneering expertise, and best practices.
 During the forum, he said discussions also went over cooperation initiatives and priority projects in Arab countries with organizations concerned with housing and urban development, international financial institutions, and donors to enhance potential support to progress in implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.
 The outcomes of the Arab Ministerial Forum on Housing and Urban Development enabled all participating Arab countries to develop sustainable visions and plans for the coming years to provide the best possible services for future generations based on clear foundations of innovation and sustainable smart cities, as well as enhancing cities and communities capabilities to change, he noted.
 At the conclusion of the last forum held in Jordan, he referred to the final document, "Amman Declaration," which was adopted by the Arab housing and construction ministers' meeting in the 38th session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Housing and Construction.
 The document provided the necessary components to move forward in achieving Goal 11. Of the Sustainable Development Goals on the need to build inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable cities and communities, as well as all the goals and targets related to Housing and Urban Development within its framework, he pointed out.

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