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Global Cities Institute and United Nations HABITAT III


The Global Cities Institute (GCI) has been invited to write the introductory chapters of the UN HABITAT World Cities Report 2015. This report will inform the upcoming HABITAT III United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, which is to take place in 2016 in Ecuador.


The lead authors at the GCI, Director Professor Patricia McCarney and GCI Senior Fellow Professor Richard Stren, both of the Department of Political Science, will review the past 20 years of the urban agenda. They will look at how the role of cities has changed over this 20 year period from HABITAT II (1996), with a view to mapping the new urban agenda for the post HABITAT III (2016) agenda.


The HABITAT III Conference ”aims to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization and to focus on the implementation of a ‘New Urban Agenda’, building on the Habitat Agenda of Istanbul in 1996”.


The authors presented the outline of their chapters at the UN Expert Group Meeting in Toronto on September 25, 2014. For more information on Habitat III, please read here.