Habitat III Conference
The Habitat III Conference has, as its mission, the adoption of a New Urban Agenda. This action-oriented document which will set global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities through drawing together cooperation with committed partners, relevant stakeholders, and urban actors at all levels of government as well as the civil society and private sector.
The New Urban Agenda was agreed on 10 September 2016, culminating two years of inclusive and participatory preparatory process of negotiations and global debate. The New Urban Agenda is comprised of 175 paragraphs containing guidelines from member states and stakeholders on subjects varying from three principles: leave no one behind, sustainable and inclusive urban economies, and environmental sustainability.
Habitat III is one of the first United Nations global summits after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. It offers a unique opportunity to discuss the important challenge of how cities, towns, and villages are planned and managed, in order to fulfill their role as drivers of sustainable development, and hence shape the implementation of new global development goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
UN Environment was very engaged in the preparatory process: authored 2 of the 22 thematic papers and contributed to additional 5; led with Rockefeller Foundation the Policy Unit 8 on Urban Ecology and Resilience; participated in the regional dialogues including through its regional offices; and provided substantive comments on all drafts of the New Urban Agenda, as part of the UN Task Team.
During the Habitat III Conference, UN Environment is in charge of putting together three sessions as part of the official programme: Special Session on Resilience, Special Session on Urban Ecosystems and Resource Management, and the Policy Dialogue on Urban Ecology and Resilience, organises several side-events, an exhibit, and a Maskbook workshop to engage Quito’s citizens.
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