Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development that will take place in the city of Quito, Ecuador, from 17 to 20 October 2016.
The United Nations General Assembly decided to convene the Habitat III Conference to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization and to focus on the implementation of a New Urban Agenda, building on the Habitat Agenda of Istanbul in 1996.
United Nations Member States, in resolution 67/216, decided that the objectives of the Conference were to secure renewed political commitment to sustainable urban development, assess accomplishments to date, address poverty, and identify and address new and emerging challenges. The Conference will result in a concise, focused, forward-looking, and action-oriented outcome document: the New Urban Agenda. Habitat III is to play an important role in making cities and human settlements equitable, prosperous, just, equal, and safe.
The Conference welcomes the participation and contributions of all Member States and relevant stakeholders, including parliamentarians, civil society organizations, regional and local government and municipality representatives, professionals and researchers, academia, foundations, women and youth groups, trade unions, and the private sector, as well as organizations of the United Nations system and intergovernmental organizations.