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Habitat III conference

Gains of Habitat III will be "useless" without effective implementation

The adoption of a new agenda to transform the world's cities will be "useless" unless countries and cities implement it.

That's the passionate view of Joan Clos, Secretary-General of the UN's Habitat III conference which ends on Thursday in Quito, Ecuador.

The once-every 20-years conference on Sustainable Urban Development has been focused on making cities and towns better places to live, through a non-binding New Urban Agenda, agreed by all Member States.