The International Platform on Sustainable Urban Development, has adopted the “Geneva Declaration for a viable future in cities” with the objective of creating a world solidarity network for better human settlements.
Organized by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Republic and Canton of Geneva, and the City of Geneva the 11-13 October meeting drew over 2,600 participants including mayors, international and local organisations, managers from the public and private sectors, researchers, experts, students and others interested in sustainable urban development.
UN-HABITAT, represented at the meeting its Acting Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Daniel Biau, and a team of officials, held four workshops. These covered promoting international partnerships through best practices, Social Housing in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Rapid Rural and Urban Sector Profiles for needs assessment, and promoting safer, crime-free cities.
In talks with the UN-HABITAT delegation, Mr. Michael Kleiner, Head of the United Nations Office for the International Year of Sport and Physical Education underlined the crucial role of sport in city and community development within the context of the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.
The year 2005 was proclaimed the International Year of Sport and Physical Education by the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Mr. Kleiner said, “Sport teaches essential values for life, values that are consistent with the fundamental principles of the United Nations Charter. During this International Year of Sport and Physical Education political leaders have started to listen and in the United Nations, the value of sport is now better recognised”.