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Habitat III Adopts “New Urban Agenda”

Content by: South-South News

24 October 2016, New York, USA | South-South News — The HABITAT III conference concluded in Quito, Ecuador, last week with the adoption of the “New Urban Agenda” declaration. The Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Joan Clos, said, “The adoption of the new Urban Agenda presents a change of paradigm in the urbanization, which is a good thing because, as the available data shows, urbanization in the past 20 years has not worked well.

Habitat Three was the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. Conferences have been held on 20-year cycles. Habitat III was convened to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization, building on the Habitat Agenda of Istanbul in 1996. “Most of the urbanization in the last 20 years has been done not in the correct direction to tackle with environmental issues, to tackle with the social issues, inequality, and there is a need for a very strong revision of the patterns of urbanization,” Clos said, “This is implicit in the context of the new Urban Agenda.” He added, “What the conference is saying is that there is a need to go back to the fundamentals of urbanization; to urban legislation, urban design, and financial design for urbanization.”

The “New Urban Agenda” is designed to set the world on a course towards sustainable urban development by rethinking how cities are planned, managed and inhabited. The Agenda’s “shared vision” aims to create conditions for cities and policy makers to create communities that are engines of sustained and inclusive economic growth, social and cultural development, and environmental protection.

“After the enthusiasm that the new Urban Agenda has created in the population and all of those who attended the conference, now is the time for commitments and to change things, to legislate more fairly, more effectively and to better plan,” Clos noted.


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