IHS at Habitat III
Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development will take place in Quito, Ecuador, on 17-29 October 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”, building on the Habitat Agenda of Istanbul in 1996.
The IHS and its partners have been involved on the road to Habitat III on different levels and roles, including working towards the Zero Draft and setting up a Dutch Constituency that prepares the national policy paper, “Urban Deltas”. The IHS is accredited for participation in the PrepComs and is a member of the World Urban Campaign and the GAP. We have organised a number of conferences and workshops for new approaches in urban research and urban policies, including a conference in May 2015 where potential linkages of the Social Development Goals (SDGs) with the New Urban Agenda (NUA) were identified.
Take a look below to see the events IHS is (co-)organizing at Habitat III:
Updates: IHS towards Habitat III
The IHS library, is interested in helping to contribute to Habitat III by providing an overview of the National Reports that were produced as a preparation for the Habitat II conference that was held in Istanbul, Turkey in 1996. We hope making them available in this way will serve as a point of departure for national delegations as they compile their new national reports for Quito.
The Netherlands can play an important role in the development of a New Urban Agenda when it is adopted next year in Quito, Ecuador. The Habitat III promises a New Urban Agenda and the Netherlands can be an important player in its development, by bringing solid knowledge and expertise in areas like water management, infrastructure and governance. This essential contribution cannot happen without adequate preparation work, which is why a big stakeholder meeting took place in Amsterdam, in early November.
IHS organized four side events at the European Regional Meeting towards Habitat III, in Prague. They aim to contribute to recommendations for global urban research, departing from current debates and discussions. More specific discussions will be carried on the roles of cities for cultural and social change, such as the inclusion of vulnerable groups, e. g. through urban policies for equity in regards to gender and access rights.
The side event hosted by IHS on Wednesday, 16th of March during the European Regional Meeting discussed if cities in Europe can learn from the Global South. The invited expert from the Network Association of Researchers on the Urban South (N-AERUS) brought scholars and practitioners together to critically reflect on the provision of one global agenda for all urban areas.