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The City We Need: Engaging the private sector on cities and climate change towards Habitat III
COP21, Grand Palais, Paris | December 8, 2015 | 13.00-14.50 Hosted by Veolia
COP21 is an important milestone for the international community to address the urbanization issues with relation to climate change and to raise the importance of this agenda in view of the upcoming United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) to be held in Quito in October 2016.
UN-Habitat, the United Nations programme in charge of sustainable urbanization, and its private sector partners are collaborating in that endeavor through regular dialogue and initiatives. United by common goals and principles, UN-Habitat partners believe that the battle for a sustainable future will be won or lost in cities.
More than ever, given increasingly urgent resource constraints, cities need urgent attention calling for renewed practices that would result in a drastic optimization of resources. But cities are also active engines of economic development and lie at the core of a new urban era of innovation, prosperity and resilience.
In order to join the global debate spearheaded by UN-Habitat, private sector partners are also engaged in the World Urban Campaign (WUC), a dedicated global platform to advocate for positive urban change and champion urban solutions towards the Habitat III Conference.
Business, among other stakeholders, has an important stake and role in the definition of the New Urban Agenda, the expected outcome document of the Habitat III Conference. They should also play a key role in its implementation. In the preparatory process, business will play a key role by taking part in the General Assembly of Partners towards Habitat III, in which the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) chairs the Business and Industry constituent group.