Speaking at the ECOSOC Integration Segment on “Balancing Infrastructure Development and Sustainability” (New York, 2 May 2018), Ambassador Ion Jinga, Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN, underlined “the need for sustainable management of the cities so they can be drivers of economic growth”.
He stressed that “despite the upturn in the world economy, global growth has not necessarily improved the lives of the most vulnerable. We all need to increase our efforts considerably to end poverty and inequalities in our lifetime” and indicating that during the 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development the contribution of urbanization to economic development was recognized, as well as the need to strengthen services and infrastructure in urban areas and to fight poverty.
The Romanian Permanent Representative pointed out that while more than half of the world’s population lives in cities in 2018, well-managed urbanization can promote sustainable development.
Ambassador Ion Jinga recalled the measures implemented by the Romanian Government in order to rise the quality of life of all citizens, ensuring social cohesion, promotion of social inclusion and poverty reduction by assuring the access of all – women and girls, man and boys – to health, education and social protection, including social services and social benefits.
He also stressed that metropolitan development is very important for Romania’s growth, as the eight largest metropolitan areas of Romania (Bucharest, Brasov, Cluj-Napoca, Constanta, Craiova, Iasi, Ploiesti and Timisoara) provide 50% of the Romanian population and 75% of the country’s fixed income. The economic growth and investment in dynamic urban areas determined more and more people to commute or move and therefore integrated metropolitan transport solutions were required. The largest cities in Romania have pilot projects pertaining to the Smart City solutions: SMS parking, smart lighting, Wi-Fi urban solutions, environmental sensors or video surveillance.
The ECOSOC Integration Segment, with the theme Innovative communities: leveraging technology and innovation to build sustainable and resilient societies” takes place in New York between 1-3 May 2018. Romania is a member of the ECOSOC for the mandate 2018-2019. The Permanent Representative of Romania held the chairmanship of the 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development – one of the subsidiary commissions of the ECOSOC – organized in New York, between 9 -13 April 2018.