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Funding and Amenities for Slum Dwellers

By Sky News at 9:47 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

As debate reopens in the UN-Habitat, conversation resumes on the topics of solidifying methods to financially support any reform for adequate housing. In attempts to reduce the large population currently residing in urban slums, the US delegate initially recognized that the rates of urban slum living are largely due to a “lack of incentive for the poor.” Therefore, the US delegate proposed the integration of guidelines in any current draft resolutions being developed. For example, she suggested solutions including subsidizing costs and community-managed funds.

The delegate of Mexico voiced her agreement with the delegate for the US and emphasized that certain countries don’t have the financial stability to pay for all the plans laid out. The delegate suggested the integration of exchange programs, such as the recycling program that was used in China. The delegate of China went on to respectfully disagree on the point of an exchange program as the delegate believed it would be underfunded. Instead, she suggested to pile all costs together and distribute them more equally to developing nations.

The debate then shifted to discussing the logistics on providing amenities. Previously stated ideas included offering core housing, which is essentially the provision of skeletal house frames to slum dwellers. The delegate of the US pointed out that this would allow home-owners to customize their houses and work together with the community to personalize their homes to best suit their lifestyle needs. On the other hand, however, this idea requires additional expenses and more government involvement. As debate continues and countries begin to form blocs and resolutions, reporters are awaiting the next steps that this committee will take in providing adequate housing for the large rate of slum dwellers.

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