Honourable Union Minister Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, graced The UrbanShift Asia Forum 2023 that took place from September 25 -28, 2033, at Hyatt Regency, New Delhi. During the inaugural speech, the minister said that the UrbanShift programme has been conceived in consonance with two important global agendas — Agenda 2030 or the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. “We need to get urban development right to make global development right,” he added. Mr. Puri went on to highlight the importance of complementing traditional revenue sources with innovative financial instruments and broader access to finance for urban climate action. He shed light on the significance of localised climate agendas, especially for rapidly urbanising cities in the Global South, emphasising on the need for urban planning discussions to be intricately linked with fiscal health.
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