Habitat III Conference

900 million more Africans will be living in cities by 2050

Around 900 million people will move to cities in Africa over the next 35 years, according to a director of the African Development Bank, who is attending the UN’s Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador.

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New Urban Agenda guarantees rights of women and girls

The rights of women and girls to enjoy full equality, living in safe and sustainable cities, are “guaranteed” under the New Urban Agenda adopted this week at the UN’s Habitat III conference.

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Migrants to be protected under new city agenda: UN migration chief

“All migrants will be protected” in the world’s cities if governments stick to new global standards for urban living, agreed this week at the UN’s Habitat III conference in Ecuador.

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21st Century to be based on cities, not countries: Montréal mayor

National politics are important “but the 21st Century will be based on cities” and not countries, according to the mayor of Canada’s second city, Montréal.

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Development “used to break my heart:” GA chief on Quito walkabout

The rush to leave the countryside for cities in the past used to leave the current President of the UN General Assembly feeling heartbroken.

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Transform our world by transforming cities: UN chief

Transforming the world “for the better” means transforming our towns and cities through sustainable development and planning.

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Strong building codes “spread new Ecuadorian norm” post-earthquake

“Strong” new building codes are one of the ways that Ecuador is aiming to “build back better”, six months on from an earthquake which killed more than 650 people.

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Urbanization has “huge potential also huge risks”: UN-Habitat chief

The process of urbanization has “huge potential and also huge risks” according to the senior UN official leading the biggest conference on world cities in 20 years.

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