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European funds for Africa slum dwellers

Nigeria
The Guardian
27/09/2010

The European Union (EU) last week announced that it would provide new funding to the tune of €10 million ($13.3 million) to help improve the living conditions of slum dwellers in all the 79 Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

Nearly six years have passed since UN-HABITAT signed a cooperation agreement with the ACP group aimed at promoting sustainable urbanization and the eradication of poverty. 

It provides for improving the living conditions of slum dwellers under the Millennium Development Goals to eradicate poverty.

The announcement was made at a tripartite gathering of representatives of the executive arm of the EU, the European Commission, the Brussels-based ACP Secretariat and UN-HABITAT during the 10th anniversary conference on the Millennium Development Goals at the United Nations’ headquarters.

It also aims to help the international community implement the Habitat Agenda and the subsequent Declaration on Cities and other Human Settlements in the New Millennium, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in June 2001. 
The agreement focuses on improving housing policies, urban planning and management, greening our cities, post-conflict rehabilitation and reconstruction, disaster prevention and post-disaster reconstruction, and participatory urban governance. Others focus areas include urban safety, strengthening town-country linkages and infrastructure development, water and sanitation in urban areas, decentralisation and capacity building of local authorities.

Essentially, the amount effectively enables UN-HABITAT to extend its Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme, which has been operating in 30 ACP countries.

The new funding programme announced by ACP Secretary-General Mohamed Ibn Chambas, and reaffirmed by Mr. Jean-Claude Boidin of the EC, showed renewed commitment to meeting the Millennium slum and water and sanitation targets.

Officials said the tripartite meeting in New York had also enabled the new leaders of both organizations, Dr. Chambas and Mr. Boidin to meet with UN-HABITAT's Executive Director-designate, Mr. Joan Clos.

In 2004, the year UN-HABITAT was granted observer status to the institutions of the ACP, the three organizations followed up with a joint regional workshop held in Nairobi in 2005. 
 In June last year, the three bodies held their first tripartite meeting in Nairobi.

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