PPMC & Habitat III

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.

Memorandum of Understanding between UN-Habitat and SLoCaT Partnership

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 Daily Report from Habitat III

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

PPMC Objectives for Habitat III

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:

  • Ensure that the action orientation of the NUA is being emphasized and that the scaled-up implementation of mobility- and transport-related recommendations of the NUA is actively promoted;
  • Increased resolve and commitment towards transformational change in urban transport is built that links transport action in the NUA, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) transport and the Paris Agreement on Climate;
  • Bridges are built between key decision makers on transport and other parts of the development community, for whom transport is of importance;
  • Agreement is developed on an effective review mechanism for mobility- and transport-related recommendations in the NUA.
Sustainable Transport Events at Habitat III

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;

  1. Special Session: During Habitat III there was a Special Session on “Transport and Mobility” hosted by UN-Habitat on Tuesday, October 18th at 08:00. Transport was also included in the Special Session on Urban Infrastructure and Basic Services including Energy on Monday, October 17th at 13:30 
  2. Side Events: Side Events had a duration of one hour and are an opportunity to share data, knowledge and initiatives in an effort to advance on the implementation of sustainable urban development in cities and towns around the globe.
  3. Networking Events: Networking Events had a duration of two hours and are an opportunity to build knowledge, strengthen partnerships and networks through sharing ideas and commitments in an effort to advance on the implementation of sustainable urban development in cities and towns around the globe.
  4. Parallel Events: In addition, there were a range of transport related parallel events, most of which were off venue.
  5. Habitat Village: Ecuador and Quito City as the hosts of Habitat III had invited participating organizations to make a physical contribution to a special Habitat III village.

Please see full-list of events here.

Transport Day Quito at Habitat III

TD2016-QSLoCaT 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.


Knowledge Products for Habitat III

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.

Key Messages on Sustainable Urban Transport and Mobility

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.

  • Cities need to ensure sustainable mobility and access for all taking into account additional 2.3 billion urban citizens by 2050 (Access for all)
  • Cities need to decarbonizes their transport and mobility systems by 2050 to deliver on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (Climate Change)
  • Cities need to be safe for all by putting people instead vehicles at the center of road safety strategies (Road Safety)
  • Cities need to scale up action on air quality through cleaner fuels and vehicles and reduced demand for transport (Air quality)
  • Cities need to accelerate action on policy and investments to avoid locking in unsustainable transport patterns (Urgency)
  • Cities need to put a greater emphasis on sustainable freight in support of healthy urban economy and greater prosperity (Freight)
Media Corner

For more information on our media and press activities, and PPMC in the Media please click here.