Minister of Housing and Rural Development Denis Kellman wants a new agenda that will transform rural communities in the Caribbean and Central America.
Speaking this morning at the second regional expert group meeting in preparation for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat 111), Kellman said it was imperative that a new model was created to help reduce poverty in rural communities.
The expert group meeting brought together experts in housing and urban development to discuss the structure and possible content of the regional report on housing and sustainable urban development to be prepared for Habitat 111 in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 – 20 October 2016.
The St Lucy MP noted that in 2010, 54 per cent of the world’s population lived in urban areas, and this was expected to rise to 64 per cent by 2050.
Kellman told his audience at the Courtyard By Marriott, Hastings, Christ Church that with rising urbanization there was displacement of families, overcrowding, unemployment, under-employment, increase in crime, development of more slums and additional pressure on health, education and other social services. And he called on policymakers to search for solutions.
He also exhorted the delegates, including persons representing Government, the private sector, civil society, academia and United Nations agencies, to ensure that their contributions address the region’s concerns. (NC)