The Jakarta Post
Indonesia has urged least-developed countries to make more robust efforts to tackle problems of settlement through the composing of a national report on the progress of the development of suitable places for habitation in their respective countries.
The Public Works and People's Housing Ministry's director general for Cipta Karya, Imam S.Ernawi, said Indonesia provided support by, among other things, hosting the Asia Pacific Regional Expert Group Meeting for Habitat III, which was scheduled to take place from Nov.25 to Nov.26.
'Among countries we have invited are Cambodia, Fiji, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal and Timor Leste because they have not prepared national reports,' he said Tuesday.
The Asia Pacific Regional Expert Group Meeting is a meeting of settlement experts from Asia Pacific countries. The meeting aims to discuss how to compose a national report on good settlements, which will be used in handling settlement problems in the future.
Imam said Indonesia was one of the few countries that had composed a national report. 'Indonesia has submitted its first draft to the Preparatory Committee Meeting I for Habitat III in New York,' he said.
The second draft will be submitted in April 2015 and the finalization of the report will be conducted in 2016 as material for the Habitat III conference.
Imam said Indonesia aimed to share experiences and expertise with other countries that needed settlement handling by first composing the national report.
'A national report contains reports on progress in the implementation of urban development during the last 20 years, current development issues and challenges in the future that will be dealt with both at local and global levels."
Indonesia participated actively in the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (the Habitat I conference) in Vancouver in 1976 and the Habitat II conference in Istanbul in 1996.
On the National Long-term Development Plan (RPJPN) 2005-2025, Indonesia via the Public Works and People's Housing Ministry has set a '100-0-100' target, which means 100 percent of drinkable clean water, 0 percent of slum areas and 100 percent of sanitation by the end of 2019.
As of 2014, the ministry records, Indonesia had increased people's access to clean water and adequate sanitation by 70 and 62.4 percent respectively and reduced slum areas by 12 percent. (ebf)(++++)