CSU and Habitat III 

Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 – 20 October 2016. A roadmap of the preparatory process can be found here. CSU has been closely linked to the preparatory process from the early beginnings in advocacy as well as the provision of substance. Quite a number of CSU’s activities are geared towards influencing the agenda and outcome document of the Habitat III Conference: the New Urban Agenda.

  • Recent events co-organized by CSU, such as Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants: Critical Challenges for Sustainable Urbanization as well as the 2015 celebration of World Habitat Day on the issue of Public Spaces for All, have contributed to the preparations by providing a forum for discussion among various stakeholders and providing policy advice and best practices. Public Space has been identified as a key theme for the New Urban Agenda and is also covered by a thematic meeting that took place in Barcelona on 4-5 April 2016.
  • CSU is an Associate Partner of the World Urban Campaign, a central platform for civil society engagement for the Habitat III conference.
  • CSU Board Members Dr. Aliye Celik and Mr. Tom Dallessio were panelists at a Panel on Urban Resilience chaired by CSU Board Member Prof. Lance J. Brown at an Urban Thinkers Campus in New York on 24 October 2015. These events are a special initiative of the World Urban Campaign and UN-Habitat developed to feed ideas into the World Urban Campaign’s “City We Need process”, and provide input to the Habitat III preparatory process.
  • CSU Board Members Dr. Aliye Celik, Mr. Tom Dallessio and Prof. Lance Brown are active as experts in various Habitat III Policy Units and participating in Expert Group Meetings.

The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) held from 17 to 20 October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador, successfully concluded with the adoption of the New Urban Agenda

  • The Habitat III Conference was a resounding success: 30,000 people, including 10,000 international participants from 167 countries were accredited in the Conference. In the span of four days almost 1,000 events took place, including 8 Plenary sessions, 6 High-level Roundtable sessions, 4 Assemblies, 16 Stakeholders Roundtables, 10 Policy Dialogues, and 22 Special Sessions.
  • CSU organized a side event on the topic of Migration and Refugees during the Habitat III conference in Quito. The event was hosted twice and attracted over 300 interested parties.