On the ground in Quito

At Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, ICLEI pushed for a New Urban Agenda that fosters transformations across the urban world. 

We engaged in 40+ events with a delegation of 120+ local leaders, including 59 mayors and vice mayors, from 40+ countries. Glance at the list of political leaders of ICLEI Member cities, regions and towns who joined us at Habitat III.

We also developed this visual story to show the challenges cities face and the proactive steps they are taking and send the message that they can and should not act alone. Coordinated action among all levels of government and a diversity of sectors is vital for a sustainable future.

Read more about Habitat III on our CityTalk blog and in our Background Briefing Sheet.


Highlighted events on renewable energy, resilience, ecomobility and more

Practical info

Information on venues, transportation and accommodation in Quito

Key resources

A compilation of background briefing sheets, position papers and useful websites


Responses to the New Urban Agenda

The New Urban Agenda is a framework for action that will guide sustainable urbanization in the coming decades. It will be the key outcome of Habitat III, bringing together and guiding the actions of nations, local and subnational governments and other key actors.


ICLEI has responded to the different versions of the Zero Draft. Read the drafts and our responses below:

ICLEI Communique on the New Urban Agenda


28 July version - Surabaya Draft:

  • Read the draft here.

18 July version:

  • Read the draft here.
  • Read our full response here.

18 June version:

  • Read the draft here.
  • ICLEI supports the Global Taskforce response, which can be accessed here.

6 May version:

  • Read the draft here.
  • Read our full response here.

The preparatory phase

Official preparatory processes for Habitat III took off in September 2014 with the first preparatory committee meeting in New York. Since then, ICLEI has been actively engaged through expert policy units, thematic and regional meetings, the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments, General Assembly of Partners.

Global Task Force meets Ban Ki-moon

Photo Gallery

2nd World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments

Habitat III-related news


PrepCom3 inconclusive: long road ahead to Habitat III

The 3rd Preparatory Committee (PrepCom3) of the Habitat III Conference closed without an agreement on the draft text. However, the meeting enabled UN Member States to agree on the agenda and modalities of the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador.



Surabaya hosts next round of negotiations in setting the New Urban Agenda

The latest Zero Order draft of the New Urban Agenda, released on 18th July, will be discussed from 25 to 27 July in Surabaya, Indonesia at third official preparatory meeting of HABITATIII Conference. National governments, who have been discussing the document since May, hope to find agreements on the most contentious issues in the text before its adoption in October in Quito, Ecuador. Throughout PrepCom3, ICLEI will be engaged in the...



“Berlin Recommendations for the Cities of Tomorrow” sees an urban future with EcoMobility

On 1-2 June 2016, the German Habitat Forum brought together over 1,000 attendees from 74 countries. The main outcome of this meeting was the “Berlin Recommendations for the Cities of Tomorrow”, a set of recommendations contributing to negotiations on the New Urban Agenda, which will be adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. During this event, ICLEI –...


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