National Report for Habitat III English & Arabic

The annual rate of population growth in the last census period (2001-2010) has reached 7.6%, the country’s population is projected to reach 2.2 million by 2030. The youth population aged between15-30 years comprises 30% of the total population; thus the Kingdom of Bahrain has embarked on the development of appropriate initiatives and schemes to meet the social, cultural and economic needs of this group in recognition of its significance as a human capital and a dividend that has the potential for achieving sustainable development.


Discussions push ever closer to adoption of a New Urban Agenda

Nairobi, 5 August 2016 – In preparation for the Habitat III conference to be held in Quito in October, the third session of the Preparatory Committee - PrepCom3 - closed with strong progress towards the adoption of the New Urban Agenda.

In three intensive days of negotiations in Surabaya, Indonesia, delegates from member states recognized the importance of sustainable urbanization and discussed the ways in which it could influence Agenda 2030 and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.


UN-Habitat presents global tool to measure sustainable urban development

Surabaya, 25 July 2016 – UN-Habitat has developed a tool that can measure the prosperity of a city through its City Prosperity Initiative.

Eduardo Moreno, Director of the Research and Capacity Development at UN-Habitat presented the new tool and comprehensively explained how it can be applied to policy and action for improvement and development.

The tool has been devised, he said, “To help monitor the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.”


Building sustainable cities major factor in meeting SDGs says Clos

Surabaya, 25 July 2016 – UN-Habitat Executive Director, Dr Joan Clos has said that much of the success in achieving the goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda will depend on “building sustainable cities.”

Dr Clos made the statement at the press conference for the opening of the third Preparatory Committee of the United Nations Human Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to be held in Quito, October this year, of which he is also the Secretary General.  The conference was opened by the Vice President of Indonesia, Jusuf Kalla.


More than 400 participants converge in Quito to debate sustainable construction

Quito 28 April 2015-- More than 400 participants recently converged in Quito, Ecuador for the first International Forum on Sustainable Cities and Buildings that addressed various topics around sustainable construction. The event was organized by the Secretariat of Territory, Habitat and Housing and the Secretariat of Environment of the Metropolitan District of Quito (MDQ), in cooperation with the Ecuadorian Green Building Council (CEES).