A team of students and academics from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield have recently returned from Quito, Ecuador, where they participated in the UN’s Habitat III Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. This follows on from an earlier Global Leadership Initiative to the Habitat III Latin American and Caribbean regional preparatory meeting held in Toluca, Mexico in April 2016.
Pictured L-R: (Back row) Dr Beatrice De Carli, Lydia Darby, Cara Claassen, Frances Thompson, Dr Tom Goodfellow, Amartya Deb. (Front row): Aidan Kidder, Simeon Shtebunaev, Jose Roberto Lagunes Trejo and Rowan Riley joined 25,000 accredited delegates in Quito.
The Habitat III conference is the single most important international event on cities and urban development in the past 20 years, following previous events in Istanbul in 1996 and Vancouver in 1976. Coming just after the announcement of an ‘urban goal’ among the UN’s ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ announced in 2015, HABITAT III comes at a time when urban issues have risen to the top of the global policy agenda.
The event gave the group a unique opportunity to engage with a range of global stakeholders from national delegations, local authorities, civil society to business and industry, exploring global urban development .
The blogs produced by the team for Global Policy Journal can be viewed here. (Scroll down to Habitat III).