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African cities live has been in short supply

         Date: 2012-03-23

           Tag: African cities, African cities live

Summary: According to latest news, African cities population increased significantly, while the city housing but appeared shortage of supply, together to see below detailed introduction.

According to latest news, African cities population increased significantly, while the city housing but appeared shortage of supply, together to see below detailed introduction.

Housing ministers, officials, and other delegates met in Kenya’s capital Thursday for a pan-African housing and urban planning conference. This year’s theme focuses on the link between climate change and basic infrastructure.

Joan Clos, executive director of the United Nations Human Settlements Program, known as U.N. Habitat, told reporters in Nairobi that Africa is now the fastest-urbanizing area in the world. The U.N. agency projects that the continent’s urban population will triple in the next 40 years.

According to Clos, most of the growth will take place in middle-sized cities of 500,000 to one million people rather than in capital centers.

He said the huge jump in energy prices signals what he calls a “new era” in urban planning, especially with the presence of climate change.

“In the city, we consume a lot of energy," said Clos. "We consume a lot of energy for transportation, for industrialization, for buildings, for heating and cooling, and the cities are going to be different due to the change of energy prices.”

The fourth annual African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development opened in Nairobi Thursday, attracting delegates from governments, housing authorities, urban planning departments, and others in countries across Africa.

Kenyan Housing Minister Soita Shitanda told reporters delegates would be sharing experiences of problems in urban areas such as the growth of informal settlements, or “slums,” and legislation governing urban development.

On the sidelines of the conference, Amnesty International held sessions discussing human rights violations committed by governments against people living in slums.  These include forcible evictions and lack of basic services such as clean water and schools.


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