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Habitat III Open-Ended Informal Consultative Meetings

25-29 April 2016 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Friday, 29 April 2016

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Members of the General Assembly of Partners (GAP), a consortium of Habitat III stakeholders

On Friday, 29 April, the Habitat III Open-Ended Informal Consultative Meetings entered its final day at UN Headquarters in New York. The day was organized around the issue of “Enhancing the Means of Implementation: follow-up and review.”

In the morning, two panels took place under the theme “Enhancing financing and means of implementation,” namely: “Municipal finance and local fiscal systems” and “Financing urban development.” On the first panel, panelists explored the outcomes of Policy Unit 5, including around: devolution of authority to collect local-level taxes; flexibility to adopt the right mix of revenue streams; and expansion of local revenue sources. On the second, the panel discussed the outcomes of the March 2016 thematic meeting in Mexico City, Mexico, on financing urban development. Debates focused on the need to foster fiscal decentralization, enhance public-private partnerships and effectively combat land speculation.

In the afternoon, the meeting discussed follow-up and review of the New Urban Agenda and considered outcomes of the session. In the closing session, Joan Clos, Under-Secretary General of Habitat III, stressed the importance of urbanization for sustainable development, noting that the understanding of development has changed, as well as that of the role of urbanization in promoting prosperity.

Co-Chair Gautier thanked the lively engagement of all stakeholders and summarized key messages from the week, including that: the resource management system is necessary; urban development must take into account the protection and maintenance of cultural heritage to ensure inclusive cities; informal sectors must be taken into account during spatial planning; and that finance must be further mobilized.

The meeting was gaveled to a close at 5:03 pm.

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Habitat III Open-Ended Informal Consultative Meetings

Municipal Finance and Local Fiscal Systems


L-R: Raquel Cecilia Kismer de Olmos, National University of Tres de Febrero, Argentina; Jane Anyango, Executive Director, Polycom
Development Project, Kenya; Co-Moderator Samuel Moody, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; Co-Moderator Lourdes Germán, Lincoln
Institute of Land Policy; Radhika Ochalik, Secretary to Habitat III; Tadashi Matsumoto, Organisation of Economic Co-operation and
Development (OECD); Slaven Razmilic, Centro de Estudios Públicos, Chile; and Peter Tyler, University of Cambridge, UK



Co-Moderator Samuel Moody, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Co-Moderator Lourdes Germán, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy


Presentation on municipal finance and local fiscal systems



Raquel Cecilia Kismer de Olmos, National University of Tres de Febrero, Argentina

Jane Anyango, Executive Director,
Polycom Development Project, Kenya



Peter Tyler, University of Cambridge, UK

Slaven Razmilic, Centro de Estudios Públicos, Chile


Tadashi Matsumoto, OECD


Participants from civil society



Isabelle Delattre, EU


Magdalena García Hernández, Iberoamerican Network for Budget Equality Between Man and Women, Mexico, on behalf of Women and Gender

Ana Gabriele Sabancevaite, on behalf of Children and Youth


Ian Naumkin, Russian Federation


Andrew Rudd, UN-Habitat

Gabriel Tanguy Ngouamidou, Central African Republic


Financing Urban Development

L-R: Hilmar von Lojewski, Association of German Cities; Agnes Kalibbala, Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban
Development, Uganda; Luis Zamorano Ruiz, Secretaría de Desarrollo Urbano y Vivienda, Mexico City, Mexico;
Moderator David Jackson, UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF); Radhika Ochalik, Secretary to Habitat III;
and Oleg Golubchikov, Cardiff University, UK



Moderator David Jackson, UNCDF

Oleg Golubchikov, Cardiff University, UK



Luis Zamorano Ruiz, Secretaría de Desarrollo Urbano y Vivienda, Mexico City, Mexico

Agnes Kalibbala, Ministry of Lands, Housing
and Urban Development, Uganda


Hilmar von Lojewski, Association of German Cities




Sania Surani, on behalf of Children and Youth


Waicha Ndhlovu, Zambia

Kemal Taruc, Indonesia


Wrap up and Closing

L-R: Habitat III Co-Chair Maryse Gautier, France; Sonia Elliot, Secretary to Habitat III; and David Jackson, UNCDF


Joan Clos, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN HABITAT, addressing the plenary



Joan Clos, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN HABITAT

Habitat III Co-Chair Maryse Gautier, France


Lim Hui Ling, Singapore


Katherine Kline, Older Persons Constiuent Group of the UN

Lucianara Andrade Fonseca, Brazil


Tobias Ogweno, Kenya


Franz-Birger Marré, Germany

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


Hirotaka Koike, on behalf of Children and Youth


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

Mircea Steriu, International Association of Public Transport (UITP)


Co-Chair Purnomo Chandra, Indonesia, gavelled the meeting to a close at 5:03 pm


Habitat III group photo of technical and thematic experts






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