September 16, 2019
 In 2023-Informal Settlements

Country: Jordan
Delegate Name: Gavin Dakhi

Cities have historically served as crucial places for trade and governance in the world, contributing to a significant increase in the global urban population over the past two centuries. The United Nations Population Division estimates that over 55% of the world’s population now resides in urban areas, with an estimation of about 68% by 2050. This rapid urbanization has resulted in the need for informal settlements: unplanned, unprotected, and often hazardously located communities throughout these cities.

The United Nations defines informal settlements as areas where residents lack security, access to basic services, and compliance with law and city plans. Approximately 1.6 billion people are currently living in such places, a pressing issue that demands the attention of the United Nations.

Jordan recognizes the urgency of addressing the problems posed by informal settlements. Our nation is taking steps to manage urban growth, prevent the continuance of informal settlements, and improve conditions in informal settlements. There are currently 3.3 million refugees (about the population of Arkansas) that have taken up residence in Jordan, this makes up 33.1% of Jordan’s total population. Most of these refugees are taking up residence in informal settlements outside of cities. These refugees are the leading contributors to informal settlements in Jordan.

To effectively resolve this issue, international collaboration is essential. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 underscores the importance of creating inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable cities. Jordan aligns itself with this goal and encourages the need for a coordinated, mutual approach to address the root causes of informal settlements throughout the world.

To solve the issue of informal housing, Jordan would suggest; upgrading the current “slum” living to enhance the quality of housing in informal settlements, ensuring a more optimal and acceptable living environment. Jordan also suggests that alternate housing arrangements are accessible for those who need it, ensuring that these alternatives are affordable, sustainable, and align with the cultural contexts of the communities to inhabit these spaces. Finally, Jordan would like to recommend the importance of respecting the humanity and rights of the individuals currently living in informal settlements, regardless of the approaches Jordan makes to combat this crisis it is essential that we prioritize the well-being of vulnerable populations.

In conclusion, Jordan is committed to working collaboratively within the framework of the United Nations to address the global challenge of informal settlements and sub-optimal housing. By adopting a holistic and sustainable approach, we believe that nations can make significant strides toward achieving inclusive, safe, and resilient cities for all inhabitants.

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