Countries ratify the importance of pursuing inclusive and sustainable urban development at the XXXII MINURVI General Assembly
The XXXII General Assembly of MINURVI, the Forum of Ministers and Highest Authorities of Housing and Urbanism of Latin America and the Caribbean, took place in Buenos Aires on the 9th and 10th of November 2023 and ratified the importance of expanding the financing of programmes and measures for adaptation to climate change in cities.
In the Buenos Aires Declaration, signed by 21 countries, the authorities commit to addressing the qualitative and quantitative housing deficits with new approaches that promote the more efficient use of real estate and urbanised land, with a focus on inclusion and gender, addressing the requirements of care tasks.
The countries also committed to generating policies to avoid excessive growth in the price of land and to develop instruments to capture its value. Likewise, they ratified their commitment to contributing to sustainable, intelligent, and inclusive urban mobility, and to reinforcing the integrality of urban and mobility planning.
The inauguration was directed by Santiago Cafiero, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Argentina, and Santiago Maggiotti, Minister of Territorial Development & Habitat of Argentina. Carlos de Miguel, Officer in charge of the Sustainable Development and Human Settlements Division, participated in the opening of the event on behalf of José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, Executive Secretary of ECLAC. He highlighted that cities are key in the fight against climate change and the pursuit of productive, inclusive, and sustainable development.
The Forum was attended by representatives from 21 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as representatives of United Nations agencies, the Inter-American Development Bank IDB, the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the World Bank, as well as delegates from civil society organisations.
The MINURVI Forum is the space for coordination and intergovernmental cooperation between the countries of the region in the areas of housing and sustainable development of cities. It is composed of the ministers of state and governmental authorities that are responsible for these issues in their respective countries.
For the 2024 period, the composition of the executive committee is as follows:
- President of MINURVI: Brazil
- Vice-President of MINURVI: Barbados
- Technical Secretary: Since December 2020, ECLAC and UN-Habitat have jointly held the Technical Secretariat of the Forum.
- Caribbean Region Representative: St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis
- South American Region Representative: Uruguay and Chile
- Central American and Mexican Region Representative: El Salvador and Costa Rica
- Secretary General: Argentina