Habitat III Conference
The Communitas Coalition was fully engaged in the preparations of the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III, which took place in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. Communitas contributions towards Habitat III were structured around three key objectives: (i) Connecting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its SDGs and the Habitat III process by technically unpacking proposed targets into indicators relevant to the subnational and local levels and toolkits for implementation; (ii) Facilitating a Stakeholder Dialogue on Integrated Territorial Development for Urban Rural Linkages; and (iii) Supporting the World Urban Campaign (WUC) and the General Assembly of Partners (GAP) on stakeholder engagement towards Habitat III.
Engagement at the Habitat III Conference in Quito
Click here to access the activities report of Communitas from the Habitat III Conference.
Engagement in the Third Preparatory Committee of Habitat III
The Communitas Secretariat was active in the meetings and negotiations during the Third Preparatory Committee of the Habitat III process. It participated in a number of events, including the Steering Committee of the World Urban Campaign and the General Meeting of the General Assembly of Partners (GAP), and played a direct role in the informal negotiation sessions among UN member states. For more information, please read the activities report below:
Communitas Secretariat reaction to New Urban Agenda revised zero draft
The latest draft of the New Urban Agenda has now been released. Compared to the original, there are powerful improvements, but also some important losses and frustrating missed opportunities, for instance on follow-up and review. Nevertheless, we should applaud all parties involved – co-chairs, co-facilitators, the bureau, member states, the secretariat, policy unit experts and major groups and other stakeholders for this. A concise and comprehensive outcome document is already a leap forward. The big looming question that remains open is whether this is enough and rises to the opportunity of a once-in-generation cycle, such as HIII is.
This document has been elaborated in coherence with the priority areas addressed in our work programme and has been nourished by the individual reactions to the original and revised zero draft produced by the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments, Cities Alliance, ICLEI, nrg4SD, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the UN Major Group for Children and Youth, the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport - SloCaT, Habitat for Humanity, and the General Assembly of Partners (GAP), as well as the discussions and outcomes of the 31 May workshop on integrated territorial development and urban-rural linkages organized by Communitas in collaboration with GIZ and UN-Habitat, and the 12 May Expert Group Meeting on Integrating Food in Urban Planning organized by FAO in collaboration with the Habitat III Secretariat. The Communitas Secretariat will further detail and continue evolving its inputs, in parallel to the deliberations of this Member State-driven intergovernmental process.
You can access the Communitas Secretariat reaction here.
You may also download the in-text edits and comments of the Secretariat here.
Engagement in Habitat III hearings and intergovernmental negotiations
Throughout the week of the CSO hearings and intergovernmental negotiations on the zero draft of the New Urban Agenda, the Communitas Coalition Secretariat played an active role in the efforts and work of the stakeholders engaged in the Habitat III process. Christopher Dekki moderated the panel discussion on the Preamble, Vision, and Quito Declaration of the zero draft and Maruxa Cardama was a speaker during the panel discussion on Follow-Up and Review. These efforts helped to further bring the positions of the Communitas Coalition into the discussions around the zero draft.
Communitas Secretariat reaction to the New Urban Agenda zero draft
As part of the ongoing intergovernmental negotiations towards the elaboration of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the outcome of the Habitat III conference, the Communitas Coalition has produced a reaction to the zero draft. It does not represent the individual views of any of the core partners or Advisory Committee members of the Communitas Coalition.
This document presents the preliminary inputs of the Communitas Secretariat to the zero draft and has been elaborated in coherence with the priority areas addressed in our work programme and has been nourished by the individual reactions to the zero draft produced by the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments, Cities Alliance, ICLEI, nrg4SD, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the UN Major Group for Children and Youth, the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport – SloCaT, Habitat for Humanity, and the General Assembly of Partners (GAP). In the months ahead, the Communitas Secretariat will further detail and continue evolving its inputs, in parallel to the deliberations of this Member State-driven intergovernmental process.
Event on Integrated Territorial Development at the LAC Regional Meeting of Habitat III
Communitas, as part of its work on integrated territorial development, co-organized a side event on the topic during the Habitat III Latin America and Caribbean Regional Meeting in Toluca, Mexico. Together with the Government of Colombia, GIZ, UN-Habitat, and the Ford Foundation, this event sought to highlight achievements made in promoting urban-rural synergies as a means of informing the zero draft of the New Urban Agenda.
Engagement in the Europe Regional Meeting of Habitat III
Communitas actively participated in the many meetings taking place around the Habitat III Europe Regional Meeting. From the World Urban Campaign (WUC) Steering Commitee, to the General Assembly of Partners (GAP), as well as the regional meeting itself, Communitas was central to the advocacy work of all the stakeholder groups involved in the meeting and sought to ensure strong and collaborative stakeholder voices in the outcome and next steps in the journey towards a New Urban Agenda.
Read the Communitas activity report here!
Engagement at the Asia Pacific Regional Meeting of Habitat III
The Habitat III Secretariat convened regional meetings as to mobilize UN Member States to come together to share ideas and brainstorm inputs into the upcoming zero draft of the New Urban Agenda. The first regional meeting took place in Jakarta, Indonesia from 21-22 October 2015. This meeting was organized as to coincide with the 6th Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF). The Communitas Coalition participated in both these meetings, as well as the in the Asia-Pacific Urban Youth Assembly (APUFY), and played a central role in mobilizing members of the General Assembly of Partners (GAP) constituencies as to maximize the voices of stakeholder from Asia-Pacific in the overall Habitat III process.
Below is the report of Communitas activities at these meetings.
Communitas in the General Assembly of Partners of Habitat III
The General Assembly of Partners (GAP) is a special initiative proposed by the World Urban Campaign (WUC) to serve as a broad-based deliberative platform for non-governmental partners in order to develop a consensus for a joint outcome document and other related matters for Habitat III. The first assembly meeting on the eve of the Second Preparatory Committee of Habitat III in Nairobi, Kenya, April 2015, convened interested partners to discuss its constitution and roadmap, and the evolution of the main WUC manifesto The City We Need. Communitas participated in the GAP, as well as the WUC Steering Committee that took place beforehand. Communitas will be engaging in the GAP as a member of the Partner Constituent Group of Professionals, with the aim of connecting the work of urban planners with the perspective of subnational and local authorities and other urban practitioners. Within this group, Communitas will be able to participate fully in the work of the GAP and the initiatives of the WUC, namely the Urban Thinkers Campuses and other sessions, and hence remain well positioned to maintain a leading role in the multi-stakeholder advocacy and technical engagement in Habitat III preparations.
Engagement at the Second Preparatory Committee of Habitat III
Decided by General Assembly resolution 67/216, by which the Assembly agreed that the second session of the Preparatory Committee would take place in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2015, and by resolution 69/226, by which the Assembly endorsed the recommendation of the Preparatory Committee at its first session to hold the second session from 14 to 16 April 2016, the second session of the Preparatory Committee for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) was held on 14-16 April 2015, at the United Nations Office at Nairobi.
The Governing Council (GC) is an intergovernmental decision–making body for UN-Habitat. The GC meets biennially and reports to the UN General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council, particularly on programmatic issues. The 25th session of the Governing Council of UN-Habitat took place from 17-23 April 2015, at the United Nations Offices in Nairobi, Kenya.
During the two weeks, the Communitas Secretariat moderated and participated in several side events. The team also engaged directly with Member States and regional negotiation groups around the lengthy negotiations that resulted in the outcome resolution that “ invites the UN General Assembly to discuss the most appropriate way, including the possibility of convening an extraordinary session of the Preparatory Committee, to advance negotiations on the outstanding issues in the preparations for Habitat III, including the draft provisional rules of procedure, arrangements for the accreditation and participation of major groups and other relevant stakeholders in the preparatory process and in Habitat III, as well as other issues that might arise in the interim period, and the proposals of the Secretary-General of the Conference on improved participation of local authorities and other stakeholders in the preparatory process and the Conference itself, building on the positive experience enabled by the rules of procedure and inclusive modalities of (Habitat II), in order for the measures put in place to be effective at the third session of the Preparatory Committee.”
Click here to read the report of our activities in Nairobi!
Think Tank Session on Urban Rural Linkages at the Second Preparatory Committee of Habitat III
On 13th April in the UN Offices in Nairobi, Kenya, on the occasion of the Second Preparatory Committee of Habitat III, co-organized with UN-Habitat.
Frequently Asked Questions on Habitat III
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Orientation Session for Stakeholders at the First Preparatory Committee of Habitat III
On the occasion of the First Preparatory Committee of Habitat III, Communitas helped to facilitate an Orientation Session for Major Groups and stakeholders. The Working Group that underpinned the organisation of this session featured a diverse range of constituents, including: Communitas – Community Access – Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization Ford Foundation – Global Family – Habitat for Humanity – Habitat International Coalition – Huairou Commission – International Council of Women – International Real Estate Federation – Municipal Art Society of New York – New Jersey Institute of Technology The New School University – Penn Institute for Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania – The Sherwood Institute – Urban Design Lab, Earth Institute at Columbia University – United Cities & Local Governments – United Methodist Women University of Chicago – The Wilson Center – World Urban Campaign
From MDGs to SDGs: Towards a New Paradigm at Habitat III
Unpacking the targets for SDG11 at the 7th World Urban Forum
Held in the City Changer Room at the 7th World Urban Forum in Medellín, Colombia, in April 2014, the Communitas Coalition held its consultation on first draft urban targets with a Networking Event, “Unpacking Targets for the Urban SDG.” The event aimed to create a bridge between the World Urban Forum and the SDGs Open Working Group (OWG) in New York, effectively connecting leading urban innovators to the OWG’s final formulation of Sustainable Development Goals. In the short-term, the Networking Event helped urban advocates to better understand the SDGs process and the role of “Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements” therein and paved the way for the Communitas second draft targets towards a standalone SDG on Cities and Human Settlements.. In the medium-term, it helped city changers to shape and anticipate SDG targets in the following months. In the long-term, it served to bolster local and subnational efforts to implement an Urban SDG on the ground.