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Habitat III Open-Ended Informal Consultative Meetings

25-29 April 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Wednesday, 27 April 2016

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L-R: Shi Nan, Urban Planning Society of China; Pietro Garau, Italian Institute of Planning (INU); Isabelle
Delattre
, EU; and Anna Zambrano, Italy

On Wednesday, 27 April, the Habitat III Open-Ended Informal Consultative Meeting continued at UN Headquarters in New York. The day was organized around “Transformative Commitments for a Sustainable Urban Development” on the two themes “sustainable and inclusive urban growth, prosperity and opportunities for all” and “ecological and resilient cities and human settlements.”

Under the theme of sustainable and inclusive urban growth, prosperity and opportunities for all, two panels on urban economic development strategies, and urban services and technology took place in the morning. On urban economic development strategies, the panel addressed policy options and recommendations emerging from the work of Policy Unit 7, in particular: structures to support economic development; impacts on equality and poverty; the role of industry; and livelihood generation. On urban services and technology, discussions touched on the outcomes of the work of Policy Unit 9, and addressed: sustainable consumption and production; decriminalization of the informal sector; local government capacity; and accessibility of information and services.

Under the theme of ecological and resilient cities and human settlements, panels on urban ecology and resilience, and sustainable energy took place in the afternoon. On urban ecology and resilience, panelists highlighted the importance of institutional frameworks, finance and data. Discussions addressed, inter alia, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), human-centered approaches, and the role of the New Urban Agenda in driving the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On sustainable energy, the panel addressed the economic case for renewable energy as a driving force in generating social change, renewables as part of the sustainability agenda, and the critical role of sustainable energy in cities.

The day closed with a wrap-up session, which concluded the two-day focus on “Transformative Commitments for a Sustainable Urban Development.”

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Habitat III Open-Ended Informal Consultative Meetings

Urban Economic Development Strategies

Presentation on Urban Economic Development Strategies



Habitat III Co-Chair Maryse Gautier, France

Moderator Le-Yin Zhang, University College London


L-R: Se Hoon Park, Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements, Republic of Korea; Michael Cohen, New School, US; Miguel
Luiz Bucalem
, University of São Paulo; Moderator Le-Yin Zhang, University College London; Radhika Ochalik, Secretary to Habitat III;
Margaret Lombe, Boston College School of Social Work, US; Bernhard Müller, Executive Director, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban
and Regional Development, Germany; and Shipra Suri, Vice President, International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP)



Bernhard Müller, Executive Director, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Germany

Shipra Suri, Vice President, International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP)



Se Hoon Park, Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements, Republic of Korea

Margaret Lombe, Boston College School of Social Work, US



Miguel Luiz Bucalem, University of São Paulo

Michael Cohen, New School, US


Alvin Leong, Pace University, US, on behalf of Scientific and Technological Community


Martha Mutizhe Kangwa, Zambia

Kemal Taruc, Indonesia


Alison Brown, Cardiff University, UK, on behalf of Grassroots Group


Carlos Dora, World Health Organization (WHO)

Berthe Bourque, Canada


Urban Services and Technology

L-R: Caroline Kihato, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; Ton Dassen, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, the
Netherlands; Bernard Abeiku Arthur, Cities Alliance, Ghana; Moderator Jérôme Pourbaix, International Association for Public Transport;
Radhika Ochalik, Secretary to Habitat III; Maroš Finka, Slovak University of Technology, Slovakia;
and Toshiyasu Noda, Seinan Gakuin University, Japan



Bernard Abeiku Arthur, Cities Alliance, Ghana

Ton Dassen, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, the
Netherlands



Caroline Kihato, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Maroš Finka, Slovak University of Technology, Slovakia



Moderator Jérôme Pourbaix, International Association for Public Transport

Toshiyasu Noda, Seinan Gakuin University, Japan


Emilia Saiz, United Cities and Local Government (UCLG)


Marit Viktoria Pettersen, Norway

Isabel Cavelier Adarve, Colombia


Ramón Cruz, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy


Katia Araujo, Huairou Commission, on behalf of Women and Gender

Edmundo Werna, International Labour Organization (ILO)

Urban Ecology and Resilience

L-R: Marta Aguilar, Ministry of Federal Planning, Argentina; Sylvanus Kofi Adzornu, Ministry of Local Government and Rural
Development and Environment, Ghana; Sundaa Bridgett-Jones, Rockefeller Foundation; Sharon Gil,
UN Environment Programme (UNEP); Moderator Martina Otto, UNEP; Sonia Elliot, Secretary to Habitat III;
David Dodman, International Institute for Environment and Development, UK; Alessandra Fidanza,
Registered Architect and Urban Planner, Italy; and Maryam Hariri, Ogilvy Earth and New York University


Moderator Martina Otto, UNEP



Sundaa Bridgett-Jones, Rockefeller Foundation

David Dodman, International Institute for Environment
and Development, UK



Sharon Gil, UNEP

Alessandra Fidanza, Registered Architect and Urban Planner, Italy



Taufique Hossain, Ministry of Housing and Public Works, Bangladesh

Sylvanus Kofi Adzornu, Ministry of Local Government and Rural
Development and Environment, Ghana


Maryam Hariri, Ogilvy Earth and New York University

Marta Aguilar, Ministry of Federal Planning, Argentina


Riccarda Caprez, Switzerland


Yunus Arikan, ICLEI

Maurice van Beers, the Netherlands


Henry de Cazotte, France


Marling Haydee Rodriguez, Huairou Commission, making an intervention


Sustainable Energy


Hana AlHashimi, Permanent Mission to the UN, United Arab Emirates

Irina Ilina, Institute of Regional Studies and Urban Planning of Moscow, Russian Federation



Elizabeth Press, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Frances Birungi-Odong, Huairou Commission, Uganda



Moderator Marcus Mayr, UN-Habitat

Isaac Frimpong Mensa-Bonsu, National Development Planning Commission and Member of the Energy Commission, Ghana



Lillian Sol Cueva, speaking on behalf of Women and Gender

Joy Aguilar, speaking on behalf of Children and Youth


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