20 Apr 2004

UNESCAP spokesman says urban pressure is causing security concerns in the Pacific

3:18 pm on 20 April 2004

A spokesman for a United Nations agency says poor urban development in the Pacific is leading to security concerns.

The head of the Pacific operations centre for the UN's Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific, Nikenike Vurobaravu, said many security concerns stem in large part from unchecked urban development and declining social cohesion.

At a special meeting on Pacific Island Development in the Chinese city of Shanghai, Mr Vurobaravu said local or provincial government were often unable to deliver basic services or plan for urban expansion.

He said urban expansion was a pressing problem in the region, especially in the Melanesian and Micronesian countries.