Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has urged the international community to include the urban poor into the larger fabrics of the societies and cities.

Speaking at the launch of UN Habitat’s flagship RISE-UP program in Ab Dhabi, PM Bainimarama has told the international community to be advocates for the urban poor, in word and in action.

“By doing so, you’re fostering a spirit of inclusivity that serves us all. Because when we involve those we seek to help in what we’re doing, when we talk less and listen more, I believe we can forge the greatest solutions of all”, PM Bainimarama said.

PM Bainimarama said he looks forward to watching the life-changing impact that RISE-UP will have on the urban poor, on the societies, and on the world as a whole.

“With more and more of the world’s citizens living in unsustainable informal settlements, and with climate change worsening as global temperatures rise, it’s clear the need to “rise up” to address the sustainability of our urban poor has never been greater”

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