On 15 May, local and regional governments and networks from around the world convened at the first session of the Second World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments in New York City to provide input into the United Nations Habitat III Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.
This meeting was the first in the three-part Second World Assembly series organized by the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments. The World Assembly is the mechanism through which the local and regional government constituency will participate in the Habitat III process and shape the New Urban Agenda to guide global urban development over the coming decades.
Gino Van Begin, Secretary General of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, and Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Municipal President of the Municipal Council of Seberang Perai, Malaysia and Member of the ICLEI Global Executive Committee, delivered interventions at the Second World Assembly.
Through their remarks, Van Begin and Maimunah welcomed the Zero Draft of the New Urban Agenda, noting that its ambitious agenda needs further strengthening through implementation mechanisms that will effectively transform the global urban agenda.
The Zero Draft is particularly strong in that it:
ICLEI also called for a stronger Zero Draft that:
Maimunah will also deliver remarks on 17 May at the Habitat III Informal Hearings for Local Authorities.
The full response from ICLEI to the Habitat III Zero Draft is available here.
A webcast of the Second World Assembly is available on UN Web TV.
For day 1 coverage from the Informal Hearings for Local Authorities, please visit IISD Reporting Services.
Follow the #Listen2Cities campaign to see what local and regional governments and their networks are saying about Habitat III.