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​Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 – 20 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.

Habitat III is an infrequent conference that convenes every 20 years. This timescale may be remarkable in its own right but it means that it is all the more vital that our international institutions and national governments seize this once-in-a-generation opportunity to set the right priorities.



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