Nous, les participants au Forum Urbain National, réunis du 13 au 15 octobre 2014 au Palais des Congrès de Yaoundé, représentants des administrations centrales et déconcentrées de l’Etat, de l’ONU-Habitat, des pays africains invités, des collectivités territoriales décentralisées, des organisations spécialisées de l’Etat, du secteur privé, de la société civile, du secteur académique, des associations professionnelles et des Partenaires Techniques et Financiers.
Dire Dawa 25 November 2014—The government of Ethiopia held its sixth edition of the National Urban Forum from 15th to 22nd November 2014 at Dire Dawa city under the motto “our cities being centres for enterprise development, will ensure the renaissance of Ethiopia”. The event was attended by high ranking government’s high level officials including the President of the Federal Republic, Dr. Mulatu Teshome , the Deputy prime Minister, cabinet ministers, regional officials and mayors.
In recent years, a lot of serious efforts have been made by various governments to respond to the need of improved urban infrastructure and services including housing for the poorest section of the population currently living in informal settlements.
However, in some countries, there is still an urgent need for guiding the urbanization process through preparing and adopting effective and inclusive policies on housing and urban development, as well as ensuring their soundest implementation.
Nairobi, 28 October 2014-- Nigeria and Cameroun recently held their first ever urban forums, underpinning the importance of such events as the world heads to the Habitat III Conference.It was remarkable that the two national urban forums were held as part of the World Habitat Day 2014 which was also part of the Urban October, the month UN-Habitat set aside to highlight urbanization issues in the world.In the Nigeria forum, the Federal Government announced plans to redefine and scale up slum upgrading efforts toward confronting challenges of expanding urban areas in t