Angola: UN-Habitat to assist government to execute housing programme

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Luanda - The United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) will open soon a branch office in Luanda, aimed to support the Angolan Government to execute the territory planning system and housing improvement.

The purpose was expressed on Thursday, at Nanjing (China) by the executive director of the UN-Habitat, the Tanzanian Anna Tibaijuka, during a meeting she held with the Angolan Minister of Urbanism and Housing, Diekumpuna Sita José, who was at the company of the Angolan permanent representative to the UN agency, the ambassador Ambrósio Lukoki, on the sidelines of the World Urban Forum.

For the creation of conditions for the office, a senior employees mission, headed by Anna Tibaijuka, will arrive in Angola, in the first two weeks of December, to conclude the principle agreements project.

The meeting examined in a widen perspective methodological issues for the definition of cooperation areas, to insert in the technical support of the UN-Habitat structures within the UN system.

The UN-Habitat intends also to reinforce the institutional aptitude of the Ministry of Urbanism and Housing for the successful execution of the local programme on the development projects of the millennium, which plans to reduce until 2015 to half the number of population who do not have full access to water and until 2020, to improve considerably the lives of at least 100 million dwellers of shanty towns.

The Fourth International Urban Forum concluded Thursday its works, with the participation of about 1,500 people. It concluded that the harmonious urbanism is an ordinary aspiration of humankind, as it is a step for the sustainable development of the social and economic sectors and to assure a pleasant environment.