17 - 20 October 2016 | Quito, Ecuador
The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, or Habitat III, is a long-awaited conference that will bring together governments, local authorities, civil society, the private sector, and academic institutions to look at the future of cities - with the aim of creating a 'New Urban Agenda' to address these issues.
This plan comes as the world's urban population continues to grow. When the first Habitat conference was held in Vancouver in 1976, the world's urban population was only 37.9% of our global population, and in 1996, at Habitat II in Istanbul, it was 45.1%. Today, 54.5% of the world's people live in cities - and we need to find ways to make them work better. The conference will seek to address a broad range of issues affecting cities - from poverty, to climate change, to the sustainability of development - and will even look at new, emerging challenges that will need to be monitored.
As well as attending the conference, our delegation will attend the Habitat III parallel events on 15-16 October. They'll also have a couple of days to do their own sightseeing and explore Quito.
DELEGATION FEE - $3850
DEPARTS AKL - 13 Oct
RETURNS TO AKL - 24 Oct
APPLICATIONS DUE - 2 Sept
$1500 DEPOSIT DUE - 16 Sept
PIET UBELS | @pietubelsnz
We're thrilled to have our UNEA alum Piet leading our team to Habitat III. Not only is Piet an upstanding individual who is passionate about social change - he has a background in architecture, engineering and project management; all hugely relevant to the conference. Piet aspires to successfully facilitate the realisation of local communities' visions towards sustainability and wellbeing. Through his life he has stood strong in being proactive and creative to resolve any problems.