Sample of a Position Paper
UNDP/Position Paper/ Russian Federation
Committee: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)Topic: Effective Advocacy, Monitoring and Partnerships for Sustainable UrbanizationCountry: Russian Federation
Urbanization stands at the forefront of all development concerns nationally and globally. At present,half of the
world’s population lives in urban cities with the other half becomi
ng increasinglydependent upon cities for economic, social and political progress. In Russia, the urban populationaccounts for 75% of the total population. The economic downturn and the ever increasing threat ofclimate change highlights the urgency for all nations and respective governments to take up fullresponsibility to strive for better, smarter and more sustainable towns and cities, to fulfill their rolesin guiding urban development. The challenge is to integrate economic, social, and environmentalpolicies to make cities economically more competitive, socially more inclusive and gender responsive,and ecologically more sustainable, to create and develop holistic, inclusive and sustainablecommunities. With the Biennial Programme of Cooperation with UN- HABITAT, The RussianFederation, has in the past participated, and is still continuing her participation in numerous projectswith regional and international cooperation, with local projects in different cities being recognized as best practices, cities namely Yaroslav, Bugulma, Grozny and Stavropol.Under the umbrella of effective advocacy, monitoring and partnerships, with respect to UN Habitatas a facilitator and the Medium Term Strategic and Institution Plan 2009-13 as a road map, theRussian Federation points to concrete strategic measures for urban poverty reduction and sustainableurbanization.Urban planning and infrastructures are the core foundations of every city. Urban planning andreinforces infrastructure
good urban planning that reflects the true priorities of community groupsfacilitates efficient infrastructure provisions. The Russian Federation asks member states to takeinitiative to develop up-to-date urban plans and infrastructure, to steer growth into sustainabledirections, by consultation of professional partner planners whose expertise is often disregarded andundermined even in developed cities currently due to interests of urban developers.
When tackling a problem that concerns every nation, ever city, developed or developing, partnershipsevermore crucial. The Russian Federation strongly supports and encourages the holding of forums forknowledge sharing, such as the World Urban Forum, which provides a platform for the sharing ofexpertise, knowledge, understanding and best practices or show-case solutions. Systematic exchangeand transfer of knowledge is also integral; the Russian Federation encourages member states tocontribute to knowledge management
systems such as the UN Habitat’s Best Practices Database,
which will supply the demand for best practice expertise for the whole international community.Locally, community based and public-private partnerships should also be in place to scale upinterventions and leverage resources.
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Cities consume up to 75% of all energy and contribute to an equally substantial amount ofgreenhouse gas emissions. The Russian Federation encourages UN Habitat, to cooperate with theUnited Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in issues related to cities and climatechange, in particular directing efforts to address the vulnerability of cities to climate change byproviding technical assistance to cities on local action for the mitigation of urban based greenhousegas emissions and adaptation to climate change, such as building affordable energy efficient homesand generating new green jobs which will in the process benefit the community socially as well.