Habitat III is the 3rd UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, to be held over 4 days in Quito, Ecuador. This conference convenes every 20 years in order to determine global urbanization priorities and develop criteria to guide urbanization policies and practices. With a wide range of stakeholders and participants, Habitat III will be a space to assess accomplishments, address new challenges, and create unanimously agreed upon guidelines for sustainable and equitable urban development around the world. These guidelines will be presented in an action-oriented outcome document, outlining the New Urban Agenda.
With the New Urban Agenda written and agreed upon, the Habitat III conference will focus on implementing the Agenda’s global plan for action on urbanization for the next 20 years. Huairou will send a delegation of 115 members and partners from 35 countries to represent and protect grassroots women’s priorities, advocating for empowering, gender-responsive solutions throughout Huairou’s many conference events. Grassroots women are integral to localing and monitoring the commitments made in the New Urban Agenda, and Huairou is committed to supporting their efforts. Our delegation will reinforce the Agenda’s commitments, and work to build new partnerships for grassroots women, encouraging closer ties with important institutions such as the National Democratic Institute, World Resources Institute, Avina Foundation, Slack/Slum Dwellers, and many others. Prior to the conference, 50 leaders from our delegation will arrive in Quito for our International Grassroots Academy to consolidate their message and share best practices for implementation. An additional 35 leaders from our network are tasked with bringing conference outputs back to their communities, galvanizing local inputs into the Agenda.
The Huairou Commission and the World Urban Campaign
The World Urban Campaign (WUC) serves as an advocacy and partnership platform coordinated by UN-Habitat and driven by many committed partners around the world. Its goal is to position the urban agenda at the highest level in development policies. The Huairou Commission has been a member of WUC since its creation in 2009, and we sit on the Standing Committee representing women’s partner groups. Huairou has championed the gender-just policies and practices needed to ensure sustainable urban development in the development of WUC’s central document The City We Need 2.0.