The New Delhi Declaration (16 December 2016)

6TH  ASIA PACIFIC MINISTERIACl ONFERENCE ON HOUSING AND URBAN DEVElOPMENT (APMCHUD)

THE NEW DELHI DECLARATION

New Delhi

14-16  December 2016

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We, the  Asia-Pacific Ministers responsible  for Housing and Urban Development, meeting  in New  Delhi, India, from  14  to 16  December  2016, to  consider  the  challenges  of  and to explore opportunities for sustainable housing and urbanization in Asia and the Pacific;

Express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Government  of India for the excellent arrangements  of the Sixth Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD) and our gratitude to the people  of the Republic of India for their warm reception and hospitality accorded to us throughout our stay;

Also express our sincere gratitude to the Government  of the Republic of Korea for hosting the  sth APMCHUD and successfully  chairing the  sth  Bureau  of  APMCHUD, and providing excellent leadership and guidance during its tenure;

Convey our  gratitude to  the  Executive Director  of UN-Habitat  for  the  continuing support provided by UN-Habitat since the establishment of APMCHUD;

Thank with  appreciation the Government  of India and in particular the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation for the continued  hosting of the Permanent Secretariat of APMCHUD in New Delhi, and also for the lead taken in strengthening the resource base of the APMCHUD;

Take note  with  appreciation the  progress  that  APMCHUD has made  in  its journey  of  a decade since its  establishment, serving as an inter-governmental consultative  mechanism and effectively facilitating cooperation and collaboration in  fostering sustainable  housing and urban development;

Reaffirm our determination to continue pursuing the realization of the goals and objectives of APMCHUD as set forth in its first Declaration in Delhi, further strengthened and expanded in the subsequent Declarations pronounced in Tehran, Solo, Amman and Seoul;

Noting that this 6th APMCHUD is the first major regional meeting of ministers of housing and urban  development since the  conclusion  of  Habitat  Ill and the  endorsement of the  New Urban Agenda;

Strongly reaffirm the commitments our governments  made  with  regard to the  goals in the

2030 Agenda for Sustainable  Development, especially  Goal 11 to  make cities  and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable; and the  transformative commitments for sustainable urban development agreed to in the New Urban Agenda;

Take  the   opportunity  of  meeting here  in  New  Delhi  to   strengthen   our   resolve,  and respective as well as joint  actions towards  the effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda;

Conscious  of  the  fact  that  urbanization  in  the  Asia Pacific  region  has had  a significant positive  association  with  improved levels of the  standard  of  living at large, and that  the positive potential of urbanisation is yet to be fully realized;

Realize the  rapid  pace of urbanization in the  recent  past in the  Asia Pacific region and its projected faster pace in the years to come, and simultaneously recognizing that  such rapid pace is expected to  result  in emerging spontaneous  urban forms  which may become unmanageable  and unsustainable;

Recognising that  the  25th session of  the  Governing  Council  of  the  UN-Habitat, in  2015, focused on Enhancing Urban-Rural Linkages across the Continuum of Human Settlements to Harness the Transformative Power of Urbanization for Sustainable Development, which has significant relevance for the Asia Pacific region;

Reaffirm our commitment for ensuring affordable housing for all as a component of an improved  standard   of   living;   and   support   skill   development,  training  and   capacity development initiatives to empower and strengthen skills and abilities of all stakeholders;

Reaffirm   our   in.t nt, to   regularly   convene   to  share  our   experiences,  good   practices, innovative  approaches  and  challenges  in  the  field  of  housing  and  urban  development towards  ensuring sustainability,equity and inclusiveness;

Recognise,  in  the  light  of  the  New  Urban  Agenda, the  special  significance  and  strategic challenges of the policy  and governance reforms  as a result of the expanding  city regions, cities and towns  in many parts of Asia Pacific, requiring appropriate national urban policies, urban   legal  frameworks,  integrated  urban   and  territorial  planning  and  design,  urban financing   frameworks  and  appropriate  multi-level  governance   frameworks  encouraging action  by all stakeholders,  including effective cooperation between national, subnational and local governments;

Fully  aware that  sustainable  development efforts,  in  particular alleviating and eradicating poverty   in  all  its  forms,  removing  inequalities, minimizing  environmental  degradation, restraining social and  economic  exclusion  and  spatial  segregation, allows  us to  achieve balanced rural and urban development and enable us to fully capitalize on our rich diversity in culture, tradition, language,religion and civilization in our region;

Appreciating  the  significant   efforts made  by  the  lead  countries   of  the  five  APMCHUD Working  Groups led by the  Republic of India, the Islamic Republic  of Iran, the  Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the  Republic of Maldives, the Republic of Korea and the Republic  of  Indonesia  for  sharing of  information and experiences in the  respective  fields amongst the countries  of our Region;

and  transparent follow-up  to  enable  the  effective   implementation  of  the  New  Urban

Agenda, in collaboration with  United Nations system and, in particular, UN-Habitat;

Reiterate our commitment for APMCHUD and its Working Groups to serve as a forum and network to  discuss our  follow-up actions  on the commitments of the  New Urban  Agenda and the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;

Appreciating the  opportunities we  have as Ministers  responsible  for  Housing  and Urban Development for  promoting innovative and appropriate approaches  for  integrated development of cities, towns and their peripheries;

And Taking  into  consideration the recommendations of the Working Groups, decide to:

  1. Develop policies at national, subnational and local levels where they do not exist and review and strengthen the current  policies towards  integrated development of cities, towns  and their  peripheral areas;
  1. 2. Encourage  the   adoption   of  approaches   that   promote  cities,  towns   and  their peripheral  areas  as  an  urban-rural  continuum  and  for   strengthening their complementarity for mutual advantage and growth;
  1. Ensure that the  emerging  urban  forms  are appropriately recognized  and managed through  effective   governance  structures  so  that   these  areas  economically  and spatially drive sustainable development;
  1. 4. Strengthen the sharing of information on innovative policies and successful practices relating to housing   and  urban   development, through  all  possible  approaches, including by  regularly  updating and interlinking the  online  information resources with the assistance of specified nodal contacts;
  1. Actively engage in the 26th Session of the Governing  Council of UN-Habltat  in 2017 as well  as in the  World  Urban  Forum  scheduled  to  be  held  in  Kuala Lumpur  in February 2018;
  1. Adopt the  New  Delhi Implementation Plan as recommended by the  five  Working

Groups;

  1. 7. Continue with these Working Groups as follows:
  • WG1 led by the  Republic  of  India  working on the  theme  of  Urban  and Rural Planning and Management;
  • WG2 led   by  the  Islamic  Republic  of  Iran  working on  the  theme   of  Urban Upgrading;
  • WG3 led by the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka working  on the theme of Basic Services including Energy and Mobility for Integrated and Inclusive Development;
  • WG4 led   by  the   Republic  of   Korea working on the theme of Financing Sustainable Housing and Urban Development;
  • WG5 led   by  the   Republic  of   Indonesia  working  on  the   theme   of   Urban Development with  a focus on Natural, Man-made and Climate-induced Disasters;
  1. Endorse the  composition of  the  6th   Bureau of  APMCHUD with  its  members  being

Ministers representing:

a.   Republic of India

b.   Republic of Korea

c. Islamic Republic of Iran

d.  Republic of Indonesia

e. Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

f. Republic of Iraq

g. Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

h.   Republic of Nauru

  1. 9. Request the current chair of APMCHUD to ensure the  execution  of this Declaration and its Implementation Plan, in collaboration with other  members  of the Bureau, the APMCHUD Secretariat and UN-Habitat, and to receive and share with other  member states regular updates on related matters;
  1. Reiterate our continued commitment to strengthen APMCHUD and the Secretariat to  under.t ke  the   required    activities,   while   encouraging   member    nations   to contribute to the resource base in line with  the Amman Declaration  as reiterated in the Seoul Declaration;
  1. Authorize the Bureau to decide on the host nation of the 7th Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development to be held in 2018, and to keep the member countries informed in this regard well in advance.

Adopted as the New Delhi Declaration  on the 16th December, 2016.

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