Habitat International Coalition
Global network for the right to habitat and social justice
Habitat International Coalition in the Habitat III Process
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Habitat International Coalition 

Expectations for Habitat III

The Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, "Habitat III,” will be held in Quito from 17 to 20 October 2016. Habitat III is designed to convene global actors (such as governments, local authorities, civil society, the private sector, academic institutions, technicians, social movements) to discuss and chart new pathways to ensure equity, resilience, sustainability, social justice and respect for the environment in human settlements.

Habitat International Coalition (HIC) and its civil society Members have deep concerns and high expectations in this Habitat Conference.

HIC calls for the integrity of the Habitat II (1996) commitments and modalities as we advance toward Habitat III. These demand preserving three basic principles:

• Processes must uphold the Habitat II-established principle to be as inclusive as possible;

• Maintain the Habitat Agenda, not pose a narrower and more-divisive "urban agenda”;

• The human rights and good governance approaches must continue to anchor and guide global human settlement policy and corresponding commitments.

The various Habitat III preparations, reporting and deliberation processes and contents must be grounded in (1) a faithful evaluation of commitments made at Habitat II; (2) a review of housing-rights and good governance practices consistent with those essential aspects of the Habitat II promise, while taking into consideration the lessons learned and greater conceptual clarity of the issues since Habitat II; and (3) realistic preparation for the emerging human settlement-development challenges that light the way toward improving "balanced rural and urban development,” as pledged since Habitat I (1976).

Click on the following sections to know what HIC and its Members and Allies are doing in the process toward Habitat III: 

1. Habitat III Basics 

2. Documents

3. Process

4. National Processes

5. People's Committees towards Habitat III

6. News

7. HIC Compilation on Habitat III


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