NCD Governor attends World Urban Forum

NCD Governor Powes Parkop will be attending the ninth session of the World Urban Forum, which will be held in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia, from the 7th to the 13th February, 2018.

Parkop will attend high-level discussions and dialogue during the forum, while sharing his progress on the Participatory Settlement/Slum Upgrading Project.

The forum will provide opportunities for modernisation of urban development in Papua New Guinea.

This is good news for the settlement and urban villages in the city and eventually for the whole country.

The World Urban Forum (WUF) is the world’s premier conference on sustainable urban development, held every two years in different parts of the world with the theme ‘the World Urban Forum (WUF9) “Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda”.

It aims to provide a great opportunity to garner the efforts of all relevant actors to deliberate on, identify and commit to implementation of concrete solutions for the transformative commitments made in the New Urban Agenda.

Governor Parkop says this forum will strengthen his plans on settlement upgrading in the city.

He said for the last twenty years, discussions of settlement upgrading has been ongoing without much success but this is about to change.

“I want to assure our people and our nation that I am focussed and committed to converting all these talks, policies and strategies into action as part of fulfilling my key priority areas for the city, to upgrade all settlements to suburbs and modernise the Motu-Koitabu villages and a City that is safe and free from all forms of violence,” he stated.

“If we change the physical and social conditions of our people, by converting settlements to suburbs and modernising our villages, we will unleash a great positive energy and desire in our people to lift themselves and lift our city to the 21st century and make Port Moresby the most liveable city in the Pacific.”

Imelda Wavik