President of Ecuador and UN-Habitat Executive Director dialogue on Habitat III

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By Lynne.Karago on 06/10/2015

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Quito, Ecuador, 10 June 2015 — To coordinate and review the main aspects of the Headquarters Agreement and Annexes of the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), the Executive Director of UN-Habitat and the Secretary General of Habitat III, Dr. Joan Clos , left Ecuador after an official two-day mission in which he held meetings with President of the Republic, Rafael Correa and the Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Maria de los Angeles Duarte.

Habitat III will be in Quito in October 2016. This event, which is expected to be attended by about 40,000 people, including mayors, ministers, academics, researchers, planners and experts on habitat of the 193 UN member states, is one of the most important worldwide Forums and happens every 20 years.

The visit of Dr. Clos marked the beginning of an agenda and shaping the organizing team led by UN-Habitat and the government of Ecuador. Both parties have been holding meetings and are now focused on the realization of preparatory conferences in Guayaquil and Cuenca.

The activities of the Executive Director began on May 31 with a tour of the historic center of Quito and then continued with a coordination meeting in the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing with Minister Duarte, Ambassador Diego Morejon, representatives of UN-Habitat and other authorities.

Dr. Clos visited the Carondelet Palace, where he was received by President Rafael Correa. The two discussed the agenda of the event, in which the New Urban Agenda should be adopted.

One of the goals of Habitat III will be to relaunch the global commitment to sustainable urban development focusing on New Urban Agenda,” said Dr. Clos. Habitat III will be the first World Summit of the United Nations after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and will serve to review and evaluate the commitments made at Habitat II, which took place in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1996.

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