The General Assembly, through its resolution 66/207 of December 2011, decided to convene the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in 2016.
Habitat III will assess the state of our cities and propose solutions. The purpose of the conference would be to reinvigorate commitment to sustainable urbanization through a “New Urban Agenda”. Rethinking the Urban Agenda is embracing urbanization at all levels of human settlements. More appropriate policies can embrace urbanization across physical space, bridging urban, peri-urban and rural areas, and assist governments in addressing challenges through national and local development policy frameworks. It is also integrating equity as an issue of social justice, ensuring access to the public sphere, extending opportunities and increasing the commons. The Conference welcomes the participation of all Member States and relevant stakeholders, including parliamentarians, civil society organizations, regional and local government and municipality representatives, professionals and researchers, academia, foundations, women and youth groups, trade unions, and the private sector, as well as organizations of the United Nations system and intergovernmental organizations. Habitat III will be the first UN global summit after the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and, hopefully, a new climate change agreement.