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Sunday, 21 May 2017 11:15

UN-Habitat, JAAI and JICA Hosted a Joint Seminar on Role of Urban Planning in the Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Reconciliation and Development of Mosul

On 18 May 2017, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), JICA Alumni Association-Iraq (JAAI), and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) hosted a joint seminar to discuss the role of urban planning in the post-conflict reconciliation, reconstruction and development of Mosul.

The previous master plan of Mosul was developed in 1974, and was intended to guide the growth of the city for 25 years, expiring in 2000. Between 2000 and 2014, three attempts were made by two different contractors to update the master plan, but without success. Without a master plan, informal settlements in Mosul continued to grow, and many of these new areas remained underserviced, becoming pockets of poverty and informality. Only certain groups could get access to land and satisfactory basic services, creating grievances among parts of the population and disaffection towards the concerned authorities. The seminar highlighted how these failures in urban planning made residents of Mosul more susceptible to ISIL and other extremist groups.

Dr. Erfan Ali, Head of UN-Habitat Iraq, commented on the importance of ensuring basic and equitable services, economic opportunities, and making space for new and returning residents for a safe and prosperous city. He also highlighted on the integration of Mosul with its periphery as a crucial challenge for the development of the city. Furthermore, Dr. Ali referred to the three-legged approach of the New Urban Agenda, which stresses the importance of combining urban planning and design with urban legislation and urban economy/finance for the urban recovery and reconstruction of the city.

Mr. Yuho Hayakawa, Chief Representative of JICA Iraq Office, referred to the global partnership between JICA and UN-Habitat and confirmed that JICA is committed to continue to support the reconstruction and development in Iraq. In addition, he mentioned that creating a shared future vision of a city through participatory approaches can be an effective foundation for urban planning. He also emphasized importance of sequencing which secures urgent resumption of basic services in Mosul in parallel with formulation of the urban plan, which provides a long-term basis for optimal infrastructure development.


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Alan Miran
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