This Febuary 17, in Quito, the presentation of the preparatory process of 'Ecuador towards Habitat III' Conference of the United Nations (UN) on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development will be held. Ecuador will host Habitat III this year in Quito, from 17 to 20 October.
This meeting takes place every 20 years. Ecuador was designated to host the event on December 2014 by the United Nations General Assembly, after intensive efforts made by the national government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs andby the organization of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, MIDUVI.
For this process Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño, the Arq. Maria de los Angeles Duarte, Minister of Urban Development and Housing and Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, will expand the subject to the media.
The first conference was in 1976 in Vancouver, Canada. On that occasion the participating governments recognized the need to promote construction of sustainable human settlements. Therefore the need to meet every 20 years was established.
The second meeting was held in 1996 in Istanbul, Turkey. There, world leaders expressed support for a global plan of action for all human beings to have access to adequate housing.
The focus of this third meeting will be the construction of a New Urban Agenda; in which new challenges for sustainable urban development will be collected. These are policy decisions to be adopted by all the member states of the UN
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