Habitat III Conference
The United Nations General Assembly has decided to convene a Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in 2016. The main objective of the conference is to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urban development focusing on the implementation of a “New Urban Agenda”.
This conference will assess the Habitat II commitments in Istanbul 1996, which was a significant moment for the movement of local and regional authorities. The Conference will offer the first global platform after adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals and provides an opportunity for discussing the challenges that the urban dimension brings to the implementation and achievement of the new Goals.
Habitat III should see the acknowledgement of local authorities as full partners for the shaping the global agenda in an increasingly urbanizing world. It will also be the moment to call for governance changes in those agencies dealing directly with local government matters. Local and regional authorities should be actively involved in the consultation process and organise the Second World Assembly of Local and Regional Authorities.
UCLG uniting local and regional governments voices
As inheritor of the First World Assembly of Cities and Local Authorities, United Cities and Local Governments (with its wide representation through 8 Sections: Metropolis, ASPAC, CEMR, FLACMA, MEWA, UCLGA, UCLG North America and Euro-Asia) is offering its global and democratic representation of local and regional authorities as well as its convening capacity and strategic partnerships to facilitate worldwide consultations among the key networks of sub-national governments.
The new Habitat Agenda will need to pay close attention to who needs to be empowered and included in decision-making at all levels.
It will need to be people centered and fully acknowledging of the role of culture as pillar of sustainable development. It will need to address urban planning, land management and some of the basic services that lay as corner-stone for the development of our societies. Furthermore, the future Habitat Agenda will need to help us move away from the dichotomy of rural versus urban. It will need to put cohesion among territories at the forefront acknowledging the important metropolization processes that is taking place and the positive effects in development as well as the increasing role of intermediate cities in developing countries.
Contribution of the Global Taskforce
At the invitation of Mr. Kadir Topbaş, Mayor of Istanbul, UCLG President, and member of the Secretary-General's High-Level Panel of eminent persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP), local and regional government leaders and their global organizations have gathered in the and Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments for Post-2015 Agenda towards Habitat III, in order to build a joint strategy to contribute to the international policy making debates within the framework of the Post 2015 agenda, Rio+20 follow-up and towards Habitat III.
The Global Taskforce , together with the UN and the international community, will work on the definition of this new Habitat agenda, which will need to distance itself from the dichotomy of rural versus urban. It will need to put cohesion among territories at the forefront, acknowledging the important metropolization processes that are taking place.
For further information please visit the Global Taskforce Website: www.gtf2016.org