Regional and thematic meetings for the preparatory process of Habitat III

A number of official regional and thematic high level meetings involving a wide range of participants will debate priorities for the New Urban Agenda and policy recommendations in the form of a final participants' declaration. The final declaration from regional and thematic meetings will be considered official inputs to the Habitat III process.

Thematic and regional meetings have both an international scope, although the regional meetings may identify and address the topics based on regional considerations and prioritize regional and geographical participation. In this regard it is assumed that a regional meeting will gather recommendations reflecting the consensus reached at the regional level on a specific topic or on the entire spectrum of a proposed New Urban Agenda.

The thematic meetings which are based on specific and relevant topics will issue thematic recommendations. As a result of a call for proposals, UN Member States, local governments and other institutions expressed their interest in hosting a regional and/or a thematic/regional meeting for the preparatory process towards Habitat III.

Regional and thematic meetings were selected based on the quality of the proposal, relevance on the topics as well as envisaged participation and commitment to the Habitat III process.

Calendar of Events

Thematic MeetingsTOPICPLACEDATESCivic EngagementTel-Aviv, Israel7-8 September 2015Metropolitan AreasMontreal, Canada6-7 October 2015Urban RenewalCuenca, Ecuador9-11 November 2015Smart CitiesBarcelona, Spain17-19 November 2015 (tbc)Financing the New Urban AgendaMexico DF, MexicoDecember 2015 (tbc)Renewal Energy (tbc)Abu Dhabi, UAE18 January 2016SlumsJohannesburg, South AfricaFebruary-March 2016 (tbc)Regional MeetingsREGIONPLACEDATESAsia-PacificJakarta, Indonesia20-21 October 2015AfricaNigeriaJanuary – March 2016 (tbc)Latin America and the CaribbeanMexico DF, MexicoFebruary 2016 (tbc)EuropePrague, Czech Republic16-18 March 2016

Guidelines for Regional and Thematic Meetings for Organizers

Expression of Interest

Call for Expression of Interest for hosting a Habitat III Thematic and Regional meeting was closed on 15 February 2015. Member States, local organizations and other institutions wishing to know more details please refer to the below document or communicate to

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