ICCAR and the New Urban Agenda

The Third United Nations Conference for Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) took place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 to 20 October 2016. It culminated in the adoption of the New Urban Agenda, and provided UNESCO with a valuable opportunity to highlight the importance of inclusion and diversity in achieving sustainable urban development.

Throughout the elaboration of the milestone document, UNESCO’s International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities − ICCAR put forward key messages to advance the struggle against all forms of discrimination, including racial and gender-based discrimination, in order to foster inclusion and diversity in cities.

During the preparatory process, ICCAR likewise contributed to the Habitat III Issue Paper on “Inclusive Cities”, highlighting the importance of addressing challenges posed by a culture of racism and discrimination in urban spaces.

Within this context, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, ICCAR will continue to contribute to building a culture of global solidarity and cooperation, key to achieving sustainable urban development at regional and global levels.

ICCAR panel
“Sharing good practices in promoting urban inclusion and non-discrimination”

Inclusion, participation and global cooperation emerged as key themes in UNESCO’s International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities – ICCAR panel at the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador on 17 October 2016. Translating the ambitious 2030 Agenda into the context of cities and human settlements around the world, the New Urban Agenda, adopted at Habitat III, articulates a vision for sustainable urban development with inclusion, human rights and freedom from all forms of discrimination in cities as cross-cutting themes. As a global platform for advocacy, exchange and collaboration between city-level actors, the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities – ICCAR is committed to transforming this vision into action.

Regional perspective papers

At the Habitat III Conference, which took place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 to 20 October 2016, perspective papers from the seven regional/national Coalitions were published.

Each reflects local perspectives while highlighting opportunities and challenges for the realization of inclusive and sustainable urban development.

Prepared by each Coalition in collaboration with UNESCO, the papers describe how the Coalitions can respond to these, and identify a series of priorities for action.

Examples of initiatives taken by Coalition member cities are provided in each paper. They demonstrate how membership in the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities – ICCAR can contribute to building a culture of global solidarity and cooperation, key to achieving sustainable urban development at regional and global levels.

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