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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:11 - Updated Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:12

Angola: Urbanisation must be aligned with sustainable development

Luanda - The national policy for urban development must be aligned with sustainable development, taking into account the existing territorial planning instruments in the country.

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Branca Manuel da Costa Neto do Espirito Santos, Minister of Urbanisation and Housing

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This was said on Thursday in Luanda by the minister of Urbanization and Housing, Branca do Espírito Santo, when speaking at the opening ceremony of the IV National Urban Forum.

She said that urban development should take into account the already existing territorial planning instruments, such as the National Strategic Plan for Territory Administration “Planeat 2030” and the Municipal Development plans.

"The policy should also be aligned with the National Plan for Territorial Planning (PNOT), a framework of reference and integration that ensures harmonization between the different planning instruments and the law on land development and urban planning", she said.

According to her, the urban development should be aligned with the new agenda (NAU), the statement that resulted in Habitat III and the United Nations Conference on Housing and Urban Development that took place in Quito.

She explained that the Quito meeting contains a shared vision of how cities and human settlements should be planned, designed, financed, developed, governed and administered.

It is estimated that by 2050, fifty percent of the world's population will be living in urban centers. Angola, has already overtaken this figure, since data from the 2014 census certify that 60 percent of the population live in urban centers.

The National Forum is a space for knowledge and information sharing on urban policies.

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