UNESCO-ICCAR Panel at Habitat III: "Sharing good practices in promoting urban inclusion and non-discrimination"

When, local time: 
Monday, 17 October 2016 -
4:00pm to 6:30pm
Ecuador, Quito
Type of Event: 
Category 8-Symposium
Linda Tinio, l.tinio@unesco.org

The UN-Habitat III Conference will focus on building peaceful, inclusive and sustainable cities around the world. The panel discussion will take place on the 17 October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador, at the Centro de Convenciones Eugenio Espejo. In alignment with some of UNESCO’s critical goals within the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, Habitat III will outline a vision of cities as enablers for peace and sustainable development, with the objective of creating a New Urban Agenda.

UNESCO and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the municipalities of Quito (Ecuador) and Montevideo (Uruguay) are co-organizing the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities (ICCAR) panel within the context Habitat III.

This panel discussion will consider the complex urban settings of the 21st century which remain a fertile terrain for unemployment, poverty and inequalities. Overpopulation within cities and peripheral urban spaces, coupled with increasing diversity resulting from migration, has resulted in the socioeconomic exclusion of populations, gaps in service delivery and serious challenges to social harmony.

The primary goals of the panel will be to share good practices among mayors and city-level decision-makers, and to work collaboratively on the implementation of a New Urban Agenda. The agenda will tackle forms of discrimination—such as racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance—and work towards building peace and inclusivity in cities worldwide.

This represents a timely and much-needed opportunity to develop a holistic and viable agenda that takes into consideration all the aspects of building peaceful and sustainable cities, including the often-neglected theme of cities embracing their diverse populations.