Habitat III: Co-producing sustainable cities?

Habitat III: Co-producing sustainable cities?

Local governments and civil society in global sustainable urban development
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Nearly half of humanity currently lives in cities. By the middle of the century, it will be at least two-thirds. Global urbanization presents great challenges for sustainable development, but also offers great opportunities for a better future for humanity.  Habitat III – the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development that will be taking place in Quito, Ecuador from the 17th to the 20th of October, 2016 – will be dedicated to those challenges and opportunities. The conference will be adopting a “New Urban Agenda” (NUA) for sustainable urban development.

The “Co-producing sustainable cities?” conference will take the Habitat III conference as an opportunity to discuss the conditions that sustainable urban development requires: Will the right to housing be recognized internationally as a human right? How can cities ensure the availability of adequate and affordable housing for all? What can they do against traffic gridlock and air pollution? How will secure and universally affordable urban mobility be organized? How do you turn mountains of waste into a closed-loop economy that conserves resources while also guaranteeing a livelihood to the poor, and women in particular? Representatives of city governments and civil society from the global South and North will be discussing these issues.

The conference will also reflect the interrelation between city governments and civil society. The New Urban Agenda places high hopes on city governments as change agents for sustainable urban development, as they play a central role in the implementation of global sustainability goals. An urban agenda can only be sustainable if local civil society is involved in the implementation, however. What are the conditions for civil society engagement worldwide? How can city governments and civil society partner to produce sustainable cities?

Input and discussion:

  • Günter Meinert, Head of Department, Urban and Municipal Development at the German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ)
  • Ralf Fücks, Co-President, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin
  • Diana Mitlin, Professor of Global Urbanism, University of Manchester
  • Laia Ortiz Castellvi, Deputy Mayor for Social Rights, Barcelona
  • Philipp Misselwitz, Professor of International Urbanism and Design, TU Berlin
  • Shivani Chaudhry, Housing and Lands Rights Network, Neu-Delhi
  • Roshan Shankar, Advisor, Government of NCT of Delhi
  • Giselle Tanaka, Urbanist, researcher at Ippur/UFRJ (Rio de Janeiro State University)
  • Poonam Joshi, Director of European Office, Fund for Global Human Rights UK, London
  • Jan Kuhnert, KUB Kommunal- und Unternehmensberatung GmbH, co-initiator of the Berlin rent referendum
  • Santi Mas de Xaxás Faus, Plattform der Hypothekengeschädigten (PAH), Spanien
  • Sonia M. Dias, Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing, Belo Horizonte/Manchester
  • Joan Marc Simon, Director, Zero Waste Europe, Brussels
  • Erika Oblak, Ecologists without Borders, Ljubljana
  • Anumita Roy Chowdhury, Executive Director - Research and Advocacy, Center for Science and Environment, Delhi, India
  • Sipho Eric Nhlapo, Manager Mobility & Freight, Johannesburg Roads Agency
  • Sabine Drees, Policy Officer for International Affairs, German Association of Cities (DST)
  • Stefan Schurig, Director Climate Energy, World Future Council
  • Pierre Serne, Regional councilor Europe Écologie-le Verts, Region Paris (Ile de France)


Heinrich Böll Foundation in cooperation with the Technical University of Berlin.

Please note: The event will be transferred as livestream.


Both days: English/German with simultaneous interpreting

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September 15 and 16, 2016 | €20.00; reduced: €10.00 (students, benefits recipients)
For one day | €10.00; reduced: €5.00 (students, benefits recipients)

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Solveig Bartusch
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Municipal Policy and Urban Development
Heinrich Böll Foundation
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