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30-08-2016, 15:3019:00


On 30 August, from 4 p.m. till 6 p.m., CIFAL Flanders and UN Habitat held an Urban Talk in the City Hall of Antwerp to inform about the UN Habitat III Conference (October 2016) and the New Urban Agenda including best-practices and challenges ahead for cities in Flanders.

At this Habitat III City Hall Talk, we focused on the Urban Sustainable Development Goal and the link with the Habitat III Conference in Quito in October 2016, with focus on the Flemish context.



15:30 Registration

16:00 Rob Van de Velde, Vice-Mayor, City of Antwerp

  • Welcome

Tobias Kettner, Outreach and Liaison Officer in Europe, UN Habitat

  • Introduction Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda

Han Verschure, Prof. Em. Human Settlements, KU Leuven; Expert advisor development cooperation programmes UN Habitat

  • Lessons learned from Habitat I and Habitat II

Peter Wollaert, UNITAR Fellow & Managing Director CIFAL Flanders

  • Urban Sustainable Development Goal and Habitat III

Betty De Wachter, Coordinator Team International, Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG)

  • Specific issues for Flemish local authorities

Leo Van Broeck, CEO, BOGDAN & VAN BROECK; Prof. Eng. Architect, KU Leuven

  • Reflections from the newly appointed Flemish Government Architect

Gie Goris, Editor-in-chief, MO*

  • Habitat III on urban development challenges in developing countries

Yves De Weerdt, Research Coordinator Urban Sustainability, VITO Transition Platform

  • Urban technological best practices

Nabilla Ait Daoud, Vice-Mayor, City of Antwerp

  • Closing remarks

18:00 Network Reception

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View the Surabaya Draft of the New Urban Agenda here – 28 July 2016

This draft is the result of the negotiations at the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the Habitat III Conference (PrepCom3), held in Surabaya, Indonesia, 25–27 July 2016. It is the basis for a next round of informal negotiations in New York end of August/beginning of September. 



Booklet Habitat III


PowerPoint Presentations

Habitat III

Tobias Kettner – UN Habitat – Habitat III Towards a New Urban Agenda


Han Verschure – Habitat III – Towards a New Urban Agenda


Betty De Wachter – VVSG – PLATFORMA – Declaration on the Habitat III process and the new Urban Agenda


Betty De Wachter – VVSG – Global Taskforce – Recommendations on the zero draft of the New Urban Agenda


15:30 —19:00


City Hall Antwerp
Grote Markt 1
Antwerpen, Antwerpen 2000 Belgium
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