The Habitat III Informal Hearings with Stakeholders continued at UN Headquarters in New York City, US, on 7 June 2016. The meeting brought together stakeholders from the Global Assembly of Partners for Habitat III (GAP), the UN Major Groups, and others to exchange views with member states on the recently submitted zero draft of the Habitat III outcome. The meeting was mandated by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in December 2015 (A/RES/70/210).
In the morning, two panels addressed effective implementation and implementation at the local level. In the afternoon, two panels addressed follow-up and review, and partnerships for the New Urban Agenda. A brief closing session ended the day.
The panel on the effective implementation addressed: renewing political commitments and partnerships; implementing the New Urban Agenda; ensuring human, cultural and environmental rights are fulfilled; and ensuring polity coherence with other international processes.
The panel on the implementation at the local level discussed: decentralization and local taxation; the importance of including participation in strategic planning, policy conception and follow-up; the importance of reinforcing local institutions; the need to secure funding for public transport; and ecological taxation.
The panel on the follow-up and review considered: gender-equal science; youth in the follow-up and review process; linkages between the New Urban Agenda and the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF); the role of indigenous people in implementation; proposed periodic reports from various entities; and social and environmental indices and regional networks for data collection.
The panel on partnerships for the New Urban Agenda highlighted specific partnership experiences from different countries including: joining governments and universities; a recycling network; public-public partnerships and public-private partnerships (PPPs); community-driven data collection; and youth-to-youth partnerships.
The Informal Hearings with Stakeholders closed at 6:17 pm.