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UN holds Journalism Academy on urbanisation and sustainability

New Delhi, Jan 18 (UNI) More than 40 media professionals from across India on Thursday took part in the first Urban Journalism Academy here on issues related to rapid urbanisation, housing and sustainable development.
Promoted by the United Nations, the two-day Academy is a precursor to the World Urban Forum 9 (WUF 9) to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 7-13 February 2018 and focuses on 'Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda.'
In the spotlight is the New Urban Agenda (NUA), adopted at the Habitat III in Ecuador in 2016, which provides the critical course to the holistic cities of the future that are inclusive and sustainable and assimilate the Sustainable Development Goals.
Addressing the participants, Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, additional secretary in the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, spoke about the initiatives taken by the Indian government towards achieving SDGs and alignment to the NUA.
The session saw deliberation on how housing is the most critical element in cities which can be the stimulus for economic development and poverty eradication.
The second and concluding day of the academy on Friday will see sessions on innovative governance, urban economy and municipal finance.
Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, will provide the government perspective on its urban agenda and its commitment to SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement.
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