The third session of Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development wound up on Thursday with fresh commitments to improve housing and sustainable urban delivery in the region.
Mr. Agung Laksono, Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare of Indonesia, said that 30 countries had attended the meeting, present with 14 ministers, and 85 high officials, as well as three Indonesian ministers.
In a keynote address, he said the objective of the meeting was very important for the region to help it overcome the challenges of urban development for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. It would also be beneficial for good governance in the Asia Pacific, and improve human capacity in housing and settlement development.
Other keynote speakers on Thursday included Mr. Budi Yuwono, Director General of Human Settlements, Ministry of Public Works, Indonesia; Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director, UN-HABITAT and Mr. Ali Nikzad, Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Iran who spoke as Chair of the second session of the Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development.
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