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The process towards Habitat III includes the elaboration of 22 Issue Papers and the creation of 10 Policy Units. The Habitat III Issue Papers are summary documents that address one or more research areas, highlight general findings, and identify research needs on topics related to housing and sustainable urban development. The Habitat III Policy Units bring together high-level expertise to explore state-of-the-art research and analysis; identify good practice and lessons learned; and develop independent policy recommendations on particular issues regarding sustainable urban development.

Issue Papers and Policy Units Matrix

Issue Papers and Policy Matrix

Issue Papers

The Habitat III Issue Papers are summary documents that address one or more research areas, highlight general findings, and identify research needs on topics related to housing and sustainable urban development.

The Issue Papers provides in depth review and analysis of specific issues relevant to the discussions of the Conference. The Issue Papers are the departing point for the work of the Policy Units.

The Issue Papers are prepared by United Nations Task Team on Habitat III, a task force of UN agencies and programmes, as well as several experts and organizations related to the different topics. The methodology of elaboration of the Issue Papers is in line with the elaboration of the compendium of issues briefs prepared by the United Nations inter-agency Technical Support Team for the United Nations General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.

Area 1. Social Cohesion and Equity-Livable Cities
download1. Issue Paper on Inclusive Cities
download2. Issue Paper on Migration and Refugees in Urban Areas
download3. Issue Paper on Safer Cities
download4. Issue Paper on Urban Culture and Heritage
Area 2. Urban Frameworks
download5. Issue Paper on Urban Rules and Legislation
download6. Issue Paper on Urban Governance
download7. Issue Paper on Municipal Finance
Area 3. Spatial Development
download8. Issue Paper on Urban and Spatial Planning and Design
download9. Issue Paper on Urban Land
download10. Issue Paper on Urban-Rural Linkages
download11. Issue Paper on Public Space
Area 4. Urban Economy
download12. Issue Paper on Local Economic Development
download13. Issue Paper on Jobs and Livelihoods
download14. Issue Paper on Informal Sector
Area 5. Urban Ecology and Environment
download15. Issue Paper on Urban Resilience
download16. Issue Paper on Urban Ecosystems and Resource Management
download17. Issue Paper on Cities and Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management
Area 6. Urban Housing and Basic Services
download18. Issue Paper on Urban Infrastructure and Basic Services, including Energy
download19. Issue Paper on Transport and Mobility
download20. Issue Paper on Housing
download21. Issue Paper on Smart Cities
download22. Issue Paper on Informal Settlements

Issue Papers

Policy Units

The preparatory process of Habitat III should mobilize all expertise on sustainable urban development which represents various constituent groups and stakeholders, and whose selection is guided by geographical and gender balance, as well as qualitative criteria in terms of contribution to the Habitat III preparatory process.

The policy units would:

– Bring together high-level expertise to explore state-of-the-art research and analysis

– Identify good practices and lessons learned

– Develop independent policy recommendations on particular issues regarding sustainable urban development

The main tasks of the Policy Units are to:

– Identify the challenges, including the structural and policy constraints, to the New Urban Agenda within the issues discussed by each policy unit

– Identify the policy priorities and critical issues for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda within the issues discussed by each policy unit

– Develop action-oriented recommendations for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda

Policy Units are composed by 20 experts each, bringing together individual experts from a variety of fields, including academia, government, civil society and other regional and international bodies. 

Member States and stakeholders are encouraged to propose suitable qualified technical experts and co-leading organizations to compose the Habitat III Policy Units by 24 June 2015.

downloadSelection, Process and Criteria
downloadTerms of Reference for Co-leading organizations
downloadTerms of Reference for Experts

 

 

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