Habitat III’s New Urban Agenda: Request for Comments and Contributions

Habitat III’s New Urban Agenda: Request for Comments and Contributions

Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, will take place in Quito, Ecuador, October 17 – 20, 2016. In Resolution 66/207 and in line with the bi-decennial cycle (1976, 1996 and 2016), the United Nations General Assembly decided to convene the Habitat III Conference to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization, to focus on the implementation of a New Urban Agenda, and to build on the Habitat Agenda of Istanbul in 1996.

ASLA is partnering with the American Planning Association (APA) on education sessions, exhibits, and activities that will take place at Habitat III. The APA and ASLA partnership in this event represents a valuable opportunity to contribute ideas, best practices, and concerns to the New Urban Agenda. As part of the event planning process, the United Nations has created an open forum titled Urban Dialogue and is encouraging any and all individuals to comment on and contribute constructive research to the New Urban Agenda. This online dialogue will take place in three phases and is now in phase two. ASLA is encouraging its members to review the New Urban Agenda and provide comments and other contributions before the deadline on July 8, 2016.

Habitat III is described as a gathering of minds seeking to provide solutions to the complexity of urbanization in the modern world and aims to produce a New Urban Agenda for the 21st century, in which more than half of the world’s population lives in cities, with 70 percent expected by 2050. The conference is expected to bring together United Nations member states, multilateral organizations, local governments, non-profit organizations, and the private sector, all of whom will help guide the future of urbanization and sustainable development. 


For more information on Habitat III, the Communitas Coalition has created a Frequently Asked Questions document, and you can also contact Jeff Soule at


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