Habitat III: a new agenda for the cities of tomorrow

13.10.2016 – The third global conference in Ecuador is just around the corner. GIZ will be presenting successful solutions for achieving sustainable urban development.

The third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will be taking place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 to 20 October. It will see the adoption of a new international agenda that aims to ensure sustainable development for all cities across the globe. Over half of the world’s population now lives in cities, which means that urban centres will play a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

On behalf of the German Government, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports sustainable urban development in many different areas. GIZ will be presenting successful solutions for the cities of tomorrow at Habitat III. Christoph Beier, Vice-Chair of the GIZ Management Board, is also set to take part in the international conference. ‘Cities are extremely important actors in ensuring implementation of the SDGs,’ says Beier. ‘They are already responsible for around 70 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions, but they are also an ideal starting point in the fight against climate change. Cities have the potential to conserve resources on a large scale and set an example when it comes to sustainability, for instance by introducing low-emission transport systems, energy-efficient buildings and regulated waste disposal.’

You will find more information about GIZ’s individual events in the conference programme: https://habitat3.org/programme/