Holiday Reading: UN Habitat III in Quito

As the Northern Hemisphere braces for the holiday season and its accompanying wintry weather, we at CUI wanted to offer up an option for reading material through our break, December 12th through January 9th. While we’ll  still have two more blog posts before going on hiatus, below is the summary (and some links for further reading) on a recent development in an important topic to all cities, housing.

Image courtesy Pakhuis de Zwijger and Global Policy Journal

The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) was held from 17 to 20 October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador, and concluded with the adoption of the New Urban Agenda as the primary product of the one-every-20-years Conference. This Agenda acknowledges the speed and importance of the increase in urbanization worldwide, and cities’ unique ability to guide and support sustainability efforts going into the future. The Agenda sets global standards for truly sustainable urban development that also focuses on equity.



To learn more, try some of the Suggested Reading:

Read the Adoption of the final outcome of the Conference (English), and learn more about the New Urban Agenda here.

The Habitat III press kit contains concise, intriguing information on the conference, Habitats I and II, and more.

Press coverage, such as by CityLab and the BBC was generally positive, though global development organization Devex criticized the New Urban Agenda’s lack of specificity, while The Guardian questioned equity of Quito residents’ inability to participate.

The U.S. State Department also offered its thoughts on Three Reasons Habitat III Matters for Successful and Sustainable Urbanization.

Within the industry, Smart Cities-oriented organization 100 Resilient Cities released a post discussing how the work done at the conference ties into other urbanization concerns, such as gender equality.




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