"Indonesia is ready to take a leading role in Asia-Pacific region in developing a Sustainable Urban Development network," said Indonesian Minister for Housing, Suharso Monoarfa, as he led the Indonesian delegates on the 23rd Governing Council of UN-Habitat in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Governing Council of UN-Habitat is an international forum for ministers in charge of settlements and urbanization issues. The five-day meeting in Nairobi (April 11-15) will discuss and make important decision at international level, related to sustainable urban development issue including urban slums handling and the relation of urbanization issue to climate change.
Minister Monoarfa made two statements in the forum: one on behalf of the Indonesian Government and the other on behalf of the Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD), chaired by Indonesia for 2010-2012 period.
Within his capacity as the chairman of APMCHUD, Suharso highligted the success of the Asia Pacific region in formulating Solo Declaration, adopted on 24 June 2010, as an endeavor to step up cooperation in settlement and urbanization issues. APMCHUD, established in New Delhi in 2006, is a consultative mechanism for the promotion of sustainable housing and urban development in the Asia-Pacific region.