World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments to meet in Bogotá and Quito on the eve of Habitat III

World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments to meet in Bogotá and Quito on the eve of Habitat III

As the world gears up for the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, local and regional leaders will gather in Bogotá and Quito for the World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments to bring the voices of towns, cities and regions to the event, which they hope will be a landmark moment in their relationship with the UN.

 

Publication: What local and regional governments bring to the global table
 
The World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments is the successor to the World Assembly of Cities and Local Authorities, held during the Habitat II Conference in Istanbul in 1996. It is through the World Assembly, facilitated by the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments, that local and regional governments from across the world have made their official contributions to the Habitat III process.
 
Publication: Our Habitat III Journey
 
The World Assembly will meet at the Coferias Centre in Bogotá on Friday 14 October, in the framework of the UCLG Congress and World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders. It is expected that over a thousand mayors, councilors and other locally elected leaders will adopt a joint statement reacting to the New Urban Agenda and laying out the vision of the constituency for action beyond Habitat III.
 
Two days later, on Sunday 16 October, the World Assembly will meet again at the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana in Quito to deliver this joint statement to the world leaders gathered for the Habitat III Conference. The World Assembly will be welcomed to Habitat III at a high-level opening ceremony by UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, Mayor of Quito, Mauricio Rodas, and Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Joan Clos.
 
Programme: Local and Regional Governments at Habitat III
 
The World Assembly in Bogotá and Quito will represent the most politically significant global gathering of locally elected leaders for the past twenty years. It will be the opportunity for local and regional leaders to celebrate the inclusion of many of their key recommendations in the New Urban Agenda and recognize their partnership with multilateral organizations, Member States and, in particular, with civil society organizations. In their joint statement to Habitat III they will also commit to action at local and regional levels to contribute to the achievement of the New Urban Agenda, and call for a renewed relationship between the local and regional government constituency and the UN going forward.

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