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Lesotho: New Urban Agenda (NUA), Participatory Slum Upgrading Program (PSUP) to promote sustainable urban development

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Collaboration with the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) on the localization and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), New Agenda (NUA) and the Participatory Slum Upgrading Program (PSUP) will have a huge impact because it will enable Lesotho to promote sustainable urban development within the context and challenges of a rapidly urbanizing world.

This was stated by the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government and Chiefdoms, Mr. Lefu Manyokole during the dissemination of the National Housing Policy, the Participatory Slum Upgrading Program and the Workshop of the New urban agenda held in Maseru on Thursday.

Mr. Manyokole said the NUA was adopted at the 2016 United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, establishing a universal framework for housing and sustainable urban development.

He said she envisions a city that offers, among other things, the right to adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, without discrimination, sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and universal access to clean water. safe and affordable drinking water and sanitation.

He mentioned that the PSUP was launched in 2008 and implemented in Lesotho in 2012 in response to the challenge of slums, urban poverty and unsustainable urbanization trends, noting that it is funded by the European Commission through political mobilization of the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACP) and implemented by UN-Habitat.

He noted that the successful implementation of the Participatory Slum Upgrading Program (PSUP) aims to trigger change to make a real difference in the lives of slum dwellers and contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular target 11.1 of SDG 11 as well as the implementation of the NUA for inclusive and sustainable urbanization.

Mr. Manyokole said that the PSUP seeks to address urban poverty through adaptive and proactive measures to improve the management of urbanization through assessment studies and strategic planning approaches for development processes. participatory and inclusive decision-making and large-scale participatory slum upgrading.

He further stated that the PSUP approach is aligned with the National Housing Policy, the NUA and the SDGs tested in many African, Caribbean and Pacific (OACP) countries with many successes, lessons to be learned. pull and scaling opportunities.

He said that in the past, slum upgrading has been approached on a project-to-project basis and experience has shown that this approach is inefficient as it has rarely gained in scale and replication, adding that to make the Sustainable Slum Upgrading, there is a current shift towards strategic and inclusive city-wide slum upgrading with proactive measures being implemented by the PSUP.

Furthermore, he said that considerable progress had been made in transforming living conditions in informal settlements and slums in Lesotho through the PSUP, noting that achievements included Lesotho Housing Profile, National Urban Profile, Maputsoe Urban Profile, Mafeteng Urban Profile and National Housing Profile. Policy.

In conclusion, he said the profiles demonstrated the impact of spatial inequalities on how cities are divided and how basic human rights are not respected for many city dwellers, pointing out that the national housing policy and profiles are followed by the ongoing national slum upgrading and prevention strategy and city-wide strategic approaches that seek to integrate slum upgrading into budget and broader development plans .

Speaking at the same event, UN-Habitat PSUP Kenya, Mr. Joshua Maviti said that the NUA is aligned with the goals of the SDGs, thereby promoting urban development and human settlements.

Mr Maviti said they were working with Lesotho on the PSUP and NUA to ensure that by 2030 they have transformed slums into adequate housing for Basotho people.

He said the NUA principles promote cities and adequate housing for all without leaving anyone behind, saying it is about ensuring everyone has access to infrastructure.

He further noted that the NUA ensures participation in the national framework and policy formulation and all other development plans that benefit the Basotho.

The Acting Director of Housing at the Ministry of Local Government and Chiefdoms, Ms. Mamphaka Mabesa, said the mandate of the National Housing Policy is to eliminate inequalities in land and property rights, saying this will improve planning and land use management.

Ms. Mabesa said the house policy will reduce unplanned settlements with limited services that are rapidly growing in an unplanned way without adequate provision of basic infrastructure.

She mentioned that the NUA promotes equal rights to adequate housing and fundamental freedoms as well as functioning social and civic systems with participatory access to the realization of sustainable cities and livable human settlements.

She said the government must provide affordable housing as this would reduce the increase in unplanned settlements leading to slum conditions.

In the same vein, the Head of Housing, Mr. Seeisa Seeisa, said that the national housing policy will be implemented within the framework of the 2030 agenda, which promotes access to adequate housing and the improvement of slums in the country.

Similar workshops have been held in other districts including Butha-Buthe, Mokhotlong, Leribe, Mafeteng, Mohale’s Hoek, Quthing, Qacha’s Nek and Thaba-Tseka.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Government of Lesotho.

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