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Habitat III: Co-producing sustainable cities?
15/09/2016 @ 08:00 - 16/09/2016 @ 17:00
15-16 September 2016
Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin
Heinrich Böll Foundation in cooperation with the Technical University of Berlin
The Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development –
Habitat III – will be taking place in Quito, Ecuador from the 17th to the 20th of October, 2016.
The conference will be adopting a “New Urban Agenda” (NUA) for sustainable urban
development. The NUA underscores the challenges as well as the great opportunities for a
better future rooted in global urbanization. An update of the Habitat Agenda from 20 years
ago, the NUA is intended to outline practical paths for global sustainable development.
Habitat III, the first implementation conference of Agenda 2030, will position cities and
communities as key actors in the move toward sustainable global development.
International institutions are hoping that local governments are more in touch with people than
national institutions. Sustainable urban development as defined in the NUA needs civil society
actors – as partners, corrective factors, and also as opponents of local governments – for its
The “Co-producing sustainable cities?” conference will take the Habitat III conference as an
opportunity to reflect on the reciprocal relationship between city governments and civil society
for sustainable urban development in the global South and North. Representatives of local
governments and civil society will discuss the right to housing, land policy, access to
employment and income, waste management and mobility. Where can we find examples of
innovative collaboration between local governments and civil society, and in which cases is
sustainable urban development more effectively promoted by productive friction? Which
conflicts hamper sustainable urban development? How does the discussion of “co-production”
relate to the massive repression that civil society actors face in many countries? To what
extent are “co-production” and human rights approaches reflected in the NUA? How can
actors from the global North and South learn from each other?