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Sat, 31 Oct 2020 12:17 - Updated Sat, 31 Oct 2020 12:17

Government maintains commitment to land use planning

Luanda - The secretary of State for Territorial Planning, Ana Paula de Carvalho, reiterated on Friday,the government’s commitment to the organization of available land, with the continuous approval of legal instruments, infrastructure of spaces and the delivery of decent housing for families.

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The state Secretary, who was speaking at the opening of the Webinar alluding to World Cities Day, said that the issue of spatial planning remains on the government’s agenda, aiming  for the well-being of the population.

According to the official, the Angolan government has a vision of “city for all” and is working to build sustainable, resilient cities for present and future generations, without discrimination of any kind, so that they can live in safe human and inclusive settlements.

"For a better spatial planning, it is necessary that cities have persistence to be able to anticipate themselves, predicting possible damages in the future", he said.

According to the official, the findings pointed out to the growing disorder of cities, construction in risky places, such as hillsides, under high voltage electric power lines and above water pipes.

The United Nations data show that more than half of the world's population lives in urban areas.

According to forecasts made, in 2050, the number may reach more than two thirds, which compels the construction of new cities.

Guterres praises communities

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, in his message referring to World Cities Day, acknowledged the “extraordinary” contribution made by communities in cities and towns in Covid-19 pandemic times.

To Guterres, the value of communities was evidenced during Covid-19, highlighting the impact that cities face with the pandemic.

According to the UN secretary-general, urban areas are already home to 55% of the world population and that number could increase to 68% by 2050.

He added that with the pandemic strangling public health, community support services are organized to keep assets safe and functioning, working with local and national governments to support the response.

“We saw neighbours shopping and cooking for the sick and elderly and local groups of volunteers and religious persons supporting the vulnerable,” acknowledged Guterres, sustaining the continued recognition of its value, placing communities at the centre of future cities.

World Cities Day, this year, takes place under the motto “Better City, Better Life”.

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