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HABITAT III: UN conference agrees new urban development agenda creating sustainable, equitable cities for all

A major conference on the future of the world’s cities and towns, known as Habitat III, has wrapped up in Quito, Ecuador, with delegations adopting a new framework that will set the world on a course towards sustainable urban development by rethinking how cities are planned, managed and inhabited.

HABITAT III: ‘A human-centred city is a culture-centred space’ says UNESCO report

With top diplomats and urban development experts gathered this week in Quito, Ecuador, for a major United Nations conference on green, clean urban spaces, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a new report spotlighting the power of culture as a strategic asset for creating cities that are more inclusive, creative and sustainable.

HABITAT III: Sustainable, inclusive cities ‘can transform our world for the better,’ Ban tells UN conference

Opening today the United Nations Habitat III conference in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, Secretary-General Ban-Ki-Moon told the gathered delegations that “transforming our world for the better” means re-making towns and cities through sustainable development.

HABITAT III: 'Take strong ownership' of vital new agenda to create cities of the future, Ban urges world's mayors

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Mayors across the world to “take strong ownership” of a new global agenda for sustainable development in the towns and cities they represent.

HABITAT III: UN conference to set new urban development agenda creating sustainable, equitable cities for all

A major global conference, aiming to set a ‘New Urban Agenda,’ which, in the words of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will “help us to rethink how we plan, manage and live in cities,” begins this weekend, in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito.

On World Habitat Day, UN calls for putting adequate housing at centre of urban policy

Adequate housing is a universal human right and should be at the centre of the urban policy and in the physical centre of the city, senior United Nations officials said today, marking the 2016 edition of World Habitat Day.

UN tool will map 'science of cities' as rapid urbanization emerges as force in sustainable development

With the urban growth boom driving trends that will affect all aspects of sustainable development, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) is set to release today details of a new scientific tool that measures the rate of global urbanization, its characteristics, and the potential effect of urban sprawl on the quality of life for city dwellers.

‘The Earth is not flat; it is urban,’ says UN report, urging new agenda for resilient, sustainable cities

While cities have emerged over the past 20 years as the world’s economic platforms for production and innovation, helping millions escape poverty through better jobs and improved quality of life, mass urbanization has also led to overcrowding, deepened inequalities and triggered a raft of environmental and health challenges, according to a new United Nations report.

Cities have “humanitarian duty” to accept migrants

Cities, especially in Europe, have a “humanitarian duty” to accept migrants according to the chief of the UN settlements agency, UN Habitat.

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World needs ‘new vision for urbanization,’ says UN chief

Welcoming Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa to the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the world needs a new vision for urbanization – a “New Urban Agenda” – to help protect the environment and limit climate change.