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Habitat III Conference - The New Urban Agenda, Quito, Ecuador, October 2016

Habitat is a United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development held every 20 years. The 3rd conference took place in Quito, Ecuador on 17th to 20th October. Facing the fact that this century will see a substantial majority of the world’s population living in urban centers, the focus of Habitat III Conference was the adoption of a New Urban Agenda — an action-oriented document which will set global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities through drawing together cooperation with committed partners, relevant stakeholders, and urban actors at all levels of government as well as the private sector. Habitat III was the first United Nations global summit after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals and offered the unique opportunity to discuss the important challenge of how cities, towns, and villages are planned and managed, in order to fulfill their role as drivers of sustainable development, and how they can shape the implementation of the new global development goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Sustainable Sanitation - A key for healthy and wealthy cities of the future

16.10.2016, 17:00 - 18:00, German Pavilion - Moderation: Sarah Odera (SEI)

How sanitation can contribute across the 2030 Sustainable Developement Agenda  Kim Andersson (SEI)

SFDs: Visualizing opportunities for multi-stakeholder dialogue Cecilia Rodrigues (GIZ / SuSanA)

The role of local government Dr. Bernd Gutterer (BORDA)

A practical approach to wastewater re-use Gustavo Heredia (Aguatuya)

Building the business ecosystem Michael Lindenmayer (Toilet Board Coalition)















Key Elements for the New Urban Agenda and polycentric urban development - Intergrated management of natural resources for the provision of comprehensive public services for disadvantaged communities

18.10.2016, 15:00 - 16:00, German Pavilion - Moderation: Dr. Bernd Gutterer (BORDA)


Data & the City Science, Business & Civic Perspectives

19.10.2016, 13:00 - 14:30, Habitat X Change - Moderation: Sebastian Meier (FHP - Interaction Design Lab)

SFDs: Visualizing excreta flows in cities Cecilia Rodrigues (GIZ / SuSanA)


FORUM: Sustainable sanitation

19.10.2016, 14:30 - 17:00, PUCE living campus

Agenda with panelist

Research and development in sanitaion worldwide Chris Buckley (University of KwaZulu-Natal)


Intersections: Bringing together necessary elements for inclusive, sustainable sanitation strageties

19.10.2016, 16:30 - 18:30, Room MR17 - Moderation: Judith A. Hermanson (IHC Global)

Agenda and panelist biographies

SuSanA: Enabling dialogues with other sectors Cecilia Rodrigues (GIZ / SuSanA)




You can find a blog with the summary of the Habitat III event by IHC Global here.












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