GIZ India partners with IIT Kharagpur for an international symposium on “Livable Habitat and Sustainable Urban Agenda”
27-28 January 2016, Kolkatta
An International Symposium on “Livable Habitat and Sustainable Urban Agenda” was jointly organised by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA), Government of India, and the Department of Architecture & Regional Planning, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur on 27-28 January 2016 at City Centre I, Salt Lake, Kolkata. GIZ was one of the knowledge partners, along with Ernest & Young (E&Y) and Yes Bank.
This event saw active participation from Government, academia and industry sectors. Distinguished guests included Mr. Babul Supriyo, Minister of State, UD and HUPA, Dr. Nandita Chatterjee, IAS, Secretary (Housing), MoHUPA, , and Mr. Tathagata Roy, Governor of Tripura. It also hosted representatives and experts from institutions such as MIT, Newcastle University, National University of Singapore, Tata Housing, NIUA, HSMI, JNU, SPA New Delhi, Curtin University, HSMI, BMTPC, National Housing Bank, University of Victoria (Canada), TERI, Hindustan Prefab Ltd.
The event provided a forum to discuss the New Urban Agenda as envisaged by the forthcoming Habitat III, in October 2016. The panels and technical sessions were designed considering the Post-2015 Agenda, and the panellists and presenters stressed upon the need to pay special attention to the means of implementation of specific targets and indicators for cities in India.
GIZ India was represented by Ms. Aparna Das, Senior Advisor, Ms. Anindita Mukherjee and Ms. Tora Saikia, Technical Experts of Inclusive Cities Partnership Programme. Ms. Das was one of the panellists for the session on “Urban Basic Services and Local Fiscal Systems”, where she stressed upon the contribution of the private sector in providing housing. She also advocated the urgent need of defining ‘informal’ in a new way, instead of trying to define ‘informal’ with reference to formal. She suggested ways to explore options to institutionally recognise the informal sector not necessarily through legal processes.