HABITAT - 3

The multi partner effort to develop a civil society perspective, both expert and community led to the formulation of the “Delhi Declaration” at a workshop titled INDIA'S URBAN FUTURE: CHOICE NOT CHANCE. Though a good number of themes would merit consideration and inclusion, for the purpose of focus the following four were identified for deeper examination.
a) Guiding urbanization and planning city development in a manner that creates formal jobs in large numbers required by the new job seekers (some 800 million below the age of 35; cities as they grow and develop currently are not creating sufficient jobs; over 90 percent of the jobs are in the informal sector).
b) Managing urbanization in a manner that respects rural reality and develops with and not irrespective of its needs, aspirations and constraints (moving away from the silos mentality; understanding consequences of and working on the correctives for high inequality in contribution to GDP growth by the urban and rural economies).
c) Building and shaping cities which are not hostile and negative to the vibrant urban informal sector.
d) Sustainable cities for sustainable overall development ( “sustainable” sustainability; genuine and not technology quick fix alone; alternative to the developed world model of a consumerist society; brining in the contention the community norms, culture, religion and ecology responsive customs and traditions; meeting the infrastructure deficit not at the staggering 640 billion dollar price tag ; but at a much lower cost level by lower sustainable norms and standards (without undue compromise on quality) and ways of living, working and transacting) .

The “Delhi Declaration” was disseminated at the Habitat 3 by participants who attended the conference. The initiative will be a pan India, two year multi disciplinary, Multi-partner effort.