Habitat III Conference
The Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will be held in Quito, Ecuador, on 17-20 October 2016. The aim of the conference is to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urban development with a “New Urban Agenda”.
Habitat III will be the first major global conference since the 2030 Agenda entered into force in January 2016, and will offer an opportunity to discuss the opportunities that urbanization brings to the implementation and achievement of the SDGs.
Habitat III will assess progress made on the recommendations made at Habitat II in Istanbul in 1996, a conference that represented a significant landmark for the international municipal movement.
UCLG and the New Urban Agenda
United Cities and Local Governments is the direct descendent of the First World Assembly of Cities and Local Authorities, a groundbreaking global gathering of local leaders held in the framework of Habitat II. UCLG has a global and democratic membership structure and the ability to convene the key networks of sub-national governments in its capacity as facilitator of the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments (GTF).
UCLG is building on this legacy by actively participating in the Habitat III process. UCLG has co-led the Habitat III Policy Unit on Urban Governance, Capacity and Institutional Development with the London School of Economics and will hold a Second World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments in the framework of Habitat III.
The Second World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments
The Second World Assembly process will coordinate the inputs of the local government constituency to the formal Habitat III process.
The Second World Assembly will include three Assembly Sessions: one on during PrepCom3 in Surabaya on 25-27 July; one during the UCLG World Congress in Bogotá on 15 October; and one during the Habitat III Conference itself on 17 October. All local and regional governments that register through one of the international networks that form part of the Global Taskforce may participate in the Assembly.
PrepCom3 and the Habitat III Conference should seek to strengthen the participation of local and regional authorities in the development of the New Urban Agenda through the Second World Assembly.
The Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments
The Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments (GTF) is an umbrella network set up in 2013 at the initiative of UCLG President and Mayor of Istanbul, Kadir Topbaş. It brings together the major international networks of local governments to undertake joint advocacy relating to international policy processes.
The GTF is underlining that the New Urban Agenda must keep in mind other relevant international agendas adopted in recent months, particularly the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement. In particular, specific links and synergies should be sought with Goal 11 of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements so that local governments are not faced with the task of interpreting and implementing the unclear priorities and mechanisms of multiple, conflicting international commitments and recommendations.
Publications by the Global Taskforce:
Key events and next steps
UNACLA Local Government Working Group, February 2016
Habitat III Thematic consultation on Financing the New Urban Agenda, Mexico City, 9-11 March 2016
Habitat III Regional consultation for Europe, Prague, 16-18 March 2016
Habitat III Regional consultation for Latin America, Toluca, 11-13 April 2016
Meeting of the Global Taskforce, April 2016
The Global Taskforce will make proposals for the New Urban Agenda by May 2016, building on the outcomes from Policy Units and the GOLD IV process.
UCLG Executive Bureau in Kazan, 26-28 May 2016
Habitat III PrepCom3, Surabaya, 25-27 July 2016
Second World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments, First session, Bogota, 25 July 2016
UCLG 5th World Congress in Bogota, 12-15 October 2016
Second World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments, Second session, Bogota, 15 October 2016
Habitat III Conference, Quito, 17-20 October 2016
Second World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments, Third session, Quito, 17 October 2016
For further information please visit the Global Taskforce Website: