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Daviz Simango is the only Mozambican to join the AFUS forum of UN-Habitat
Beira mayor and leader of the MDM Daviz Simango has been chosen to represent Mozambique in the political bureau of the African Forum for Urban Safety (AFUS) of the United Nations, which is responsible for implementing the UN’s urban objectives.
Daviz Simango, mayor of Beira in Mozambique’s Sofala province and leader of the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), the country’s third-largest political party, has been named executive member of the political bureau of the United Nations African Forum for Urban Safety (AFUS).
The executive committee is a forum for discussing the implementation of UN system-wide guidelines on safer cities and human settlements.
“It is a UN-Habitat forum to improve urban security. It is a forum for the implementation of United Nations decisions in this field, especially in relation to Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and African Union Agenda 2063, recently adopted in Nairobi at the end of May,” Daviz Simango said in an interview with DW Africa.
“As a political bureau, we have the mission of interacting with all African countries, with all African municipalities and with all African states in order to achieve the great goals that comprise the sustainable development of Africa,” the Beira mayor said.
The currently ten-member bureau, including presidents of African municipalities and representatives of the African Union and UN-Habitat, will include a further five members, with a view to “strengthening its work and ensuring that urban policies can be developed and implemented in a sustainable way while ensuring that no citizen lags behind in urban development,” Simango added.
How to represent Mozambique in the forum?
Simango is the only Mozambican in the group, he confirmed in Beira on Saturday (30-06) after arriving from South Africa. He will give his best so that Mozambique is well-represented in the forum formed by several African countries, he promised.
Simango intends to present the real difficulties and needs of the local authorities in detail, without any political slant. His skills in municipal management since 2003, when he ascended to his current position, weighed the most in his appointment, which took place last Thursday (27-06).
Recent developments in the authority’s response to Cyclone Idai and subsequent floods, as well as the follow-up to the current reconstruction process, also weighed heavily in the UN decision.
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Source: Deutsche Welle
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