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Jakarta Post

Indonesia sets ambitious zero slum target by 2019

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 20, 2016   /  06:44 am
Indonesia sets ambitious zero slum target by 2019 An aged couple scavenges through trash they have collected in Bangka, South Jakarta, on July 19. Their average daily income from scavenging waste is Rp 50,000 (US$3.80). (JP/Arief Suhardiman)

While facing serious problems with poverty in vast areas of the nation's less-developed cities, the government is confident in sharing its zero slum target by 2019 at the upcoming global meeting on urban development.

Making the target even more optimistic, the government -- through the Public Works and Housing Ministry -- eyes to provide clean water and sanitation for the whole country.

The ambitious target was crafted in the "100-0-100" urban plan as a draft for the 3rd Preparatory Committee Meeting (PrepCom 3), which will be held in Surabaya, East Java from July 25 to 27.

Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said the "100-0-100" Urban plan was the ministry’s program to ensure 100 percent access to water, zero percent of slum areas and 100 percent sanitation access across the country. The urban plan was in line with the country’s 2014 to 2019 medium-term development plan (RPJMN), he said.

“We will present the plan as Indonesia’s proposal in facing global urban issues at the meeting,” he told journalists in a press conference at the ministry’s office on Tuesday. However, he did not elaborate on the strategy to realize the target.

PrepCom 3 is one of the preparation meetings ahead of the third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III, which will be held in Quito, Ecuador, between Oct. 17 and 20. (rez/ags)

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