Minister of Public Works and People's Housing, M. Basuki Hadimuljono, opened the exhibition of World Habitat Day and World Cities Day 2017 as part of World Habitat Day and World Cities Day 2017 anniversary series. The exhibition will last for 2 (two) days on campus Public Works and Public Housing. The celebration of World Habitat Day 2017 has the theme of "Achieving Affordable Houses" and World Cities Day, which is celebrated every October 31, of this year carying the theme "Innovation of Governance Toward Realization of City For All".

The 2-day exhibition and side event in addition to featuring World Habitat Day exhibitions and World City Day 2017 also includes the softlaunching of the New Urban Agenda Practical Handbook (NUA) or the Urban New Agenda and Talkshow with themes related to housing policies to obtain a home affordable and innovative governance for the creation of open cities or open cities.

October is known as the Urban Month or so-called Urban October remind us that today, more than half the world's population live in urban areas, which means that the world has transformed urban activity in most of the hemisphere. "The shift in population of rural to urban activity is expected to continue, where the UN world body predicts that 60 percent of the world's population will live in urban areas by 2060," Basuki said on Monday (6/11).

Basuki explains the World Habitat Day celebration and World City Day 2017 is one of the commitments and contributions of the Ministry of Public Works and People's Housing in implementing the Urban New Agenda. The Urban New Agenda places housing as the core of inclusive and sustainable urban development, encouraging shelter creation initiatives for all, especially MBR with the provision of open spaces, infrastructure and basic services. An integrated and holistic approach in housing will contribute to poverty alleviation and welfare improvement.

Basuki also said the warning is not just a warning but it is desirable that the continuous role of various parties to build together cities in Indonesia to achieve the city that can be proud of the community is a smart city in the sense of effective, efficient, safe, comfortable and productive and has the competitiveness and sustainable.

Population growth and urbanization will directly affect the increasing need for shelter. Housing is one of the basic elements in urbanization, at least half of urban land is used as residential for urban communities. Failure to provide decent housing for the citizens of the city will certainly have an impact on the sustainability of urban development and lead to various urban problems such as congestion to slums.

In addressing urban issues, special stakeholder attention is needed so that growth can be managed better and impact on improving people's welfare. Urban areas are strived to be intelligent and internationally competitive and can be green and livable, meaning, comfortable, safe, climate-friendly, and able to mitigate disaster. Governments, both central and provincial and regency / municipal governments continue to seek innovation to achieve affordable and decent and sustainable settlements. In addition, the government always cooperates with business entities, academics, communities and groups of philanthropy.

The Ministry of Public Works and People's Housing has participated in sustainable urban development efforts through several partnership programs, such as housing provision programs in collaboration with community groups through the Self-Helping Housing Stimulus Program (BSPS), Thematic KKN program involving students in the introduction of settlement construction activities in the field, the development of drinking water facilities through the Community Based Drinking and Sanitation (Pamsimas) Program, the development of sanitation facilities through the Sanimas Program, the slum area arrangement through the KOTAKU Program, and the maintenance of irrigation through the Accelerated Acceleration Program Water Irrigation System (P3-TGAI). (vit / *)

Editor : Novita Amelilawaty