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16 December 2016
A delegation including officials from Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA), UN-Habitat & APMCHUD visited our Noida campus to handpick 50 of our students especially for the conference. The students were selected based on merit and their potential to be future contributors to the conference.
The official opening ceremony was held on the morning of 14 December 2016, which commenced with a welcome address by Chief Coordinator Sh. Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Joint Secretary MoHUPA.
Honorable Minister of Urban Development, Sh. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the three day conference & briefed about the new urban agenda. He emphasized on the importance of role of local bodies and various steps taken by the Government of India to strengthen the local bodies. This was followed by Ministerial Country statements & session on organizational matters.
The main theme of the conference was ‘Emerging Urban Forms – Policy Responses and Governance Structure in the context of the New Urban Agenda’. There were five focus areas in the form of working groups, which were voluntarily led by member countries. In line with the main theme of the 6th conference, these working groups deliberated on sub-themes related to the main theme.
The sub-themes of the 5 working groups were:
Sub-themes [in line with the main theme]
Urban and Rural Planning and Management (Lead country - Republic of India)
Integrated Planning, Management and Governance Structure Imperatives
Upgrading of Slums and Informal Settlements (Lead country - Islamic Republic of Iran)
Un-organised Growth in Peripheral Areas and Slum Upgradation Aspects
Delivery of Basic Services (Jointly led by the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Republic of Maldives)
Ensuring Basic Services including Mobility for Integrated Development
Financing Sustainable Housing (Lead country - Republic of Korea)
Ensuring Access to Housing and Housing Finance in the Urban - Rural Continuum
Urban Development with reference to Natural and Climate Change related Disasters (Lead country - Republic of Indonesia)
Ensuring Sustainable and Natural Disaster Resilient Urban Development including Climate Change
Rakesh Jain, Associate Professor, School of Real Estate was the chief faculty mentor for our 50 students present throughout the conference. The students were accompanied by Prof. KT Ravindran, Dean Emeritus, DTV Raghu Rama Swamy MRICS, Director of School of Infrastructure & Director of Research & Institutional Consultancy, Sunil Agarwal FRICS, Associate Dean and Director of School of Real Estate, Prof. Jagadish K. Math, Dean of RICS SBE Mumbai. Prof. DTV Raghu Rama Swamy spoke about the ‘Role of PPPs in delivering basic services’ during the conference.
A special event on implementation of New Urban Agenda was organized on the second day of the conference, which was followed by a field tour for delegates & a drafting committee meeting. The last day of the conference saw the election of the 6th APMCHUD bureau members. The closing ceremony was held on 16 December 2016 where the closing remarks were given by the host. In entirety, it was an enlightening experience for our students to be in attendance of the expertise in the area of Housing and Urban development.