On the 11th of January 2018, the Serbian Government has decided to develop a Strategy of Sustainable and Integrated Urban Development in the Republic of Serbia until 2030 (SUDS) and has commissioned the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure with its implementation. The GIZ / AMBERO team supports the project and will accompany the whole planning process with technical support until the end of 2018.
On the 2nd of February, the official starting signal for the SUDS was given at a kick-off event in the club Narodnih Poslanika in Belgrade. The event was attended by about 120 guests from all parts of Serbia. Mr. Assistant Minister Djordje Milic welcomed the participants, emphasizing that with this decision the Serbian Government follows the recommendations of the New Urban Agenda of the United Nations adopted in October 2016 in Quito. Moreover, the elaboration of the National Urban Policy is a step forward to adapt Serbia’s urban development system to the standards of the European Union and the EU Urban Agenda.
Ms. Karla Hershey from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Ms. Leonie Reimers from the German Embassy welcomed the government’s decision in their welcome address. Subsequently, Mr. Harald Müller gave a short overview of the preparatory work of the GIZ land management project and explained the goals and the main topics to be addressed in a participation-oriented and inter-ministerial participation process.
At the end of the first part, Dr. Oliver Weigel from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety provided an overview of the content and goals of the National Urban Development Policy in Germany and explained its three main pillars: urban development funding, national support for innovative pilot projects and establishment of a countrywide professional exchange and communication platform.
In the second part of the kick-off event, Mr. Jochen Gauly showed how the National Urban Development Policy of Germany is being implemented on the local level. Then Dr. Ratka Colic from the GIZ / AMBERO team and Dr. Sinisa Trkulja from the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure explained the content, steps and organization of the SUDS process. The goal is to finalize the strategy until the end of 2018. Finally, the expert team of the Institute for Architecture and Urbanism of Serbia showed the first results of a context analysis of the main problems and challenges in urban development.
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