Toward a “New Urban Agenda”: Join the World Bank at Habitat III in Quito


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Cities are home to more than half of the world’s population,  consume two-thirds of the world’s energy, and produce 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. And this trend will only continue: by 2050, 66% of the 10 billion people living on earth will be urban dwellers.
As we mark World Habitat Day, these numbers remind us of a serious fact: while rapid urbanization brings tremendous opportunities for growth and prosperity, it has also posed unprecedented challenges to our cities—and the people who live in them.

Chief among these challenges is meeting fast-growing demand for infrastructure and basic services such as affordable housing and well-connected transport systems, as well as jobs—especially for the nearly one billion urban poor who are disproportionately affected by climate change and adverse socioeconomic conditions.

So, what will it take to build inclusive, resilient, productive, and livable cities?  

That is the question we will bring to “Habitat III,” the once-in-20-year UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development taking place from October 17-20 in Quito, Ecuador. It is also the first UN global summit after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

At Habitat III, the World Bank will share its knowledge and experience in finding local solutions to the global urban challenge in three key ways:
  • Planning for inclusive, green, and competitive cities
  • Connecting firms to markets and people to jobs
  • Financing to meet cities’ growing needs
In Quito and on social media, the Bank will also lead and participate in four full days of discussions with a wide range of stakeholders from national and local governments, civil society, the private sector, and other international organizations. Together we will explore how cities, towns, and villages can be more sustainably planned and managed under a “New Urban Agenda” in the next two decades.

Watch our video to learn more about the Bank’s participation in Habitat III, as well as its renewed commitment to help countries and cities worldwide boost sustainable development, advance climate action, and improve livelihoods.

Join us in Quito.

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Sameh Wahba

Global Director, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice

Join the Conversation

Shafa Reyaz
October 10, 2016

It's great to know that this Habitat III is going to take place after 20 years. I am interested in what great ideas would be shared there which can be implemented in my developing country India where great number of population still live below poverty line and do not have access to basic need of proper house and water. I would like to use the inspiration and ideas from the conference to bring better result in my country.

October 13, 2016

Dear Shafa -- Thanks for your question. You can refer to the Conference Program and follow our blogs on India.