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Habitat III Conference in 2016 
23/04/2009

      In the 22nd Session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, (UN-HABITAT) a resolution recommending the convention in 2016 of a third United Nations conference on housing and sustainable urban development (Habitat III).   

The United Nations Conferences on Human Settlements (Habitat Conferences), held in Vancouver in 1976 (Habitat I) and in Istanbul in 1996 (Habitat II) represented a real milestone in the recognition of the specific challenges cities were facing by States and United Nations agencies. The Conferences also gave strong impetus to the collaboration between UN-Habitat, local authorities and their representatives. 

In September 2009 the resolution on the Habitat III Conference will be submitted to the 64th Session of United Nations General Assembly. If adopted, an important path will be opened toward the 2016 goal. Twenty years after Habitat II, Habitat III will present a completely different scene, with new challenges and with stronger local authorities thanks to the constitution of their world organization of United Cities and Local Governments. These coming years promises to be of important international activity in view of the preparations of Habitat III. 

Click on the link to access the UN-Habitat Governing Council Resolution on the Habitat III Conference.


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