Africa makes progress in reducing slum dwellers but challenges remain: UN officialListen /
African countries have made progress in reducing the number of people living in slums but challenges still remain, according to Amina Mohammed, the UN Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Goals.
Ms. Mohammed spoke in Nairobi, Kenya, where the Governing Council of UN-Habitat began its 24th session on Monday.
She said there are now 1,000 days remaining before 2015, the deadline set by world leaders in 2000 to meet the Millennium Development Goals of eradicating extreme poverty.
"How are we doing in Africa? Certainly on the target that was set on the slum dwellers that relates to this particular constituency, we have actually achieved it. However, I think we have to underscore the fact that there are so many people in slums than they were in 2000. And so we have not tackled the root causes yet. And this is the opportunity now that we have to be looking at the post-2015 agenda. It will deal with existing challenges but it will also deal with emerging ones."
Amina Mohammed said the rate at which urbanization is happening is going to be a fundamental issue that must be discussed and integrated into the post-2015 agenda.
Gerry Adams, United Nations