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


Nations adopt the New Urban Agenda, framing sustainable urban development for the next 20 years

At the closing of Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, which took place from 17 to 20 October in Quito, nations unanimously adopted the New Urban Agenda, agreeing on a common vision for a sustainable urban world. ICLEI welcomes the New Urban Agenda, through which nations commit to enhance engagement with and strengthen local governments. This document also translates concepts long used by...



Medellin Collaboration for Urban Resilience reaffirms its commitment to strengthen the resilience of all cities and human settlements

The Medellin Collaboration for Urban Resilience, of which ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is a member, has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthen the resilience of all cities and human settlements around the world. Collectively, the Medellin Collaboration supports 4,000 cities globally and commits more than US$2 billion annually towards advancing resilient urban development. This commitment coincides with Habitat...



ICLEI launches Resilient Cities Report 2016

Today at the Habitat III conference in Quito, ICLEI launched the Resilient Cities Report 2016. The report captures global developments and innovations in the field of urban resilience and adaptation to climate change. Topics covered include implementing global frameworks at the local level, financing resilience, inclusive resilience building, researcher-practitioner collaboration, energy and water management, city-region food systems and...


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