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Habitat III

Habitat III is the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. The summit will take place from October 17 to 20, 2016, in Quito (Ecuador).

Towards the definition of a New Global Urban Agenda

The main objective of Habitat III is to renew the international commitment towards sustainable urban development through the implementation of a New World Urban Agenda. The Summit will rely on the resolutions already adopted at Habitat II (Istanbul, 1996), which was an important step in the recognition of local and regional authorities as pillars of a more effective development.

The main general challenges are: assuring the renewal of the political commitments for sustainable urban development, measuring the progress made since Habitat II, seeking new solutions to the problems of poverty, and identifying new emerging urban challenges. The outcome of the discussions of the Conference on these four key issues will be set on a final document: the New Global Urban Agenda.

UN member states will participate in the Summit along with other relevant stakeholders, such as parliamentarians, civil society, regional and local governments, experts, professionals and researchers, women and youth associations, trade unions, the private sector and many UN agencies and intergovernmental organizations.

Habitat III comes after a series of summits which will help to solve the big issues faced by the planet:  the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (Sendai, March 2015), the Summit on Financing for Development (Addis Abeba, July 2016), the General Assembly of UN - on Sustainable Development Goals post-2015 (New York, September 2015), the World Summit on Climate Change- COP21 (Paris, December 2015). Thus, the New Urban Agenda must integrate the results, commitments and recommendations of these summits in policies and actions for the development of cities.

The Right to the City in the New Urban Agenda

Convinced that the right to the city is a necessity to build just, inclusive, democratic and sustainable cities, the Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights works in the recognition of this right in the New Urban Agenda through two main axes:

• Participating in the advocay instances of local governments with UCLG, contributing to the political messages, and participating in the work of proposals within the Global Task Force of Local Governments;

• Participating alongside with civil society, advocating for the inclusion of the Right to the City in the New  Global Agenda, within the Global Platform for the Right to the City.