News from UN-Habitat – Issue 4 – January 2015
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2015 will be an exciting year for UN-Habitat. Our Governing Council is just around the corner this April and now that the UN General Assembly has decided on the host for Habitat III – congratulations to the city of Quito in Ecuador! – preparations towards this groundbreaking event are in full swing.

Habitat III will be the opportunity to acknowledge the achievements reached in urban development around the world. It will also provide a chance to renew our commitments to sustainable urbanization and set us on the path to a New Urban Agenda.

We wish you all a happy new year 2015!

In this issue:

Featured: Habitat III

Habitat III: The New Urban Agenda will be decided in Quito, Ecuador

Ecuador will host the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in October 2016.

The United Nations General Assembly welcomed the offer by the Government of Ecuador to host the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), and decided that the Conference will be held in Quito during the week of the 17 of October 2016.

It was also announced that the third session of the Preparatory Committee – or Prepcom – would take place in Indonesia in July 2016. The second session has been set in Nairobi, Kenya in April 2015 and the first took place in New York in September last year. These meetings provide vital opportunities to set the agenda and procedural context for Habitat III.

The objective of Habitat III – the third conference in line with the bi-decennial cycle (1976, 1996 and 2016) – is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable urban development, assess accomplishments to date, confront poverty and identify and address new and emerging urban challenges for the establishment of the ‘New Urban Agenda’.


Habitat III

Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development set to take place in 2016. The goal of the conference is to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization and to focus on the implementation of a “New Urban Agenda”.

Habitat III 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 shape the implementation of new global development and climate change goals.

Learn more about Habitat III

Urban quote
"Habitat III is a unique opportunity to rethink the urban agenda."

– UN-Habitat's Executive Director Dr Clos during last December's United Nations General Assembly that decided on the host of the Habitat III conference.
Urban round-up

(1) Germany bolsters support for UN-Habitat through additional funding:
The Government of Germany has strengthened its support for long term partner UN-Habitat through new funding totalling EUR 1.8 million (USD 2.2 million). More...

(2) Clos meets Egypt PM, key urban development Ministers:
UN-Habitat Executive Director, Dr Joan Clos, has met with Mr Ibrahim Mahlab, Prime Minister of Egypt, to promote the importance of sustainable urban planning and development in economic progress. More...

(3) Celebrating a decade of Making Better Cities Together in Kosovo:
The Municipal Spatial Planning Support Programme (MuSPP) team and partners recently celebrated a ‘Decade of Making Better Cities Together’ in Kosovo. More...

(4) UN-Habitat signs agreement with City of São Paulo:
UN-Habitat and the City of São Paulo, Brazil have entered an agreement to promote sustainable urban development. More...

(5) Helping to identify neighborhood priorities in Colombia:
Habitat for Humanity International (HfHI) and the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) recently joined efforts to support neighbourhood upgrading program in Soacha, Colombia. More...

(6) Southern Africa to benefit from risk reduction centre:
A new regional centre for southern Africa established in Lilongwe, Malawi will help develop resilience action plans, vulnerability mapping and disaster risk reduction as well as climate change adaptation planning. More...

(7) Policy Makers Toolbox promotes non-motorised transport in Asian Cities:
UN-Habitat and Clean Air Asia launched a publication “A Policy Makers Toolbox to Promote Non-motorised Transport in Asian Cities” during the Urban Mobility India Conference and Expo. More...
Did you know?

Mobility is a key dynamic of urbanization, and the associated infrastructure invariably shapes the urban form – the spatial imprint defined by roads, transport systems, spaces, and buildings – of cities. Yet, despite the increasing level of urban mobility worldwide, access to places, activities and services has become increasingly difficult.

In some cities, the physical separation of residential areas from places of employment, markets, schools, and health services force many urban residents to spend increasing amounts of time, and as much as a third of their income, on transportation. In the developing world, and especially in African cities, walking can account up to 70 per cent of all trips because other means of transport are too expensive or inaccessible.

Learn more about UN-Habitat and mobility...

Up next
  • 26-28 March 2015: 9th International Public Markets Conference, Barcelona, Spain
  • 14-16 April 2015: Habitat III Prepcom II, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 17-23 April 2015: UN-Habitat Governing Council, Nairobi, Kenya
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