Habitat III, was the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development which took place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 – 20 October 2016. The main objective of the conference was to agree on an action orientated, implementation agenda – the New Urban Agenda (NUA) – for cities. The NUA should support delivery of, inter alia, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change agreed in 2015.
Please see: Habitat III Planning Note for more information on how PPMC engaged in Habitat III process.
On the final day of the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, Joan Clos, Secretary General of the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) and Cornie Huizenga, Secretary General of the SLoCaT Partnership, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to accelerate action and track progress on transport-relevant components of the New Urban Agenda, the Habitat III outcome document. Transport-relevant components of the NUA include transport infrastructure/services; rural-urban linkages/food security; travel demand management; road safety; climate change/air quality/energy efficiency; freight transport; land use/transport planning; poverty/equity/inclusion; capacity building; and transport financing.
For more information about memorandum of understanding (MoU), please click here
PPMC tracked sustainable transport in Habitat III, we posted transport relevant events and news. A special report was prepared at the end of Habitat III on transport @ Habitat III. We also posted daily briefs from transport events in Quito, please see below:
Sunday October 16, 2016
Monday October 17, 2016
Wednesday October 19, 2016
The Habitat III conference came at the end of a multi-year process of preparatory meetings, discussions and negotiations on the NUA. SLoCaT and its members have actively engaged in the lead-up to Habitat III and this has helped to contribute to a strong incorporation of sustainable transport and mobility in the latest draft of the NUA adopted at the last Informal Negotiations which was held in New York between September 7-10.
In its activities in Quito, SLoCaT underlined the strong emphasis the NUA places on the role sustainable mobility and transport has to play in achieving sustainable urban development, with the following objectives:
There were a wide range of official and parallel events during the Habitat III conference. Mobility and transport were included in many events. There were different types of events that were organized at Habitat III;
Please see full-list of events here.
SLoCaT and the PPMC organized a Transport Day on Wednesday, October 19th. The Quito Transport Day was hosted by the City of Quito and was in partnership with CAF-Development Bank of Latin America and EcoMobility Alliance. The event was held at the historic Centro de Convenciones Eugenio Espejo – 800 m from the main conference venue.
See Program of the Quito Transport Day.
A number SLoCaT members and the SLoCaT Partnership launched knowledge products on transport and sustainable urban transport at the Habitat III conference. The focus of these knowledge products range from inclusive sustainable transport to road safety and cycling.
SLoCaT Partnership has developed six key messages on urban transport and mobility which were promoted throughout Habitat III. These messages focus on access for all, climate change, road safety, air quality, urgency and freight.
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