Habitat III official negotiating process expanded significantly

New dates include weeklong sessions devoted to local authorities and civil society.

Spring will be in the air when the first draft of the 
New Urban Agenda, the United Nations’ 20-year urbanization strategy, is shared with the world.

That release, slated for early May, will start a ticking clock until October, when upwards of 40,000 world leaders, mayors, academics, urbanists and activists converge in Quito for the U. N. Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (
Habitat III). For four days in the Ecuadorian capital, they will seek to agree on the terms of the New Urban Agenda. But much of the groundwork to prepare for that moment will take place in the spring and summer at U. N. Headquarters in New York.

On Friday, the U. N. organizers behind Habitat III released the calendar of events that will take place just before and for two months after the “
zero draft” of the New Urban Agenda is circulated.

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