Local and Regional Governments be active participants in the Habitat III process

1 April 2016
Members of PLATFORMA adopted key recommendations towards Habitat III process. This joint Declaration, which complements the Global Task Force (GTF) of Local and Regional Governments’ recommendations, comes before the conclusions of the European Council on Habitat III to be issued on the second week of May.
PLATFORMA believes that international cooperation and exchange of good practices among cities and regions is an important instrument for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. It called for Local and Regional governments to be active participants in the Habitat III process, not just spectators. PLATFORMA members want to see towns and regions at the negotiation table of Habitat III final Conference, as well as in the national delegations attending the Conference.
PLATFORMA members’ recommendations will be sent to EU institutions and its Member States to influence the new Urban Agenda to be adopted at the Habitat III Conference in Quito (Ecuador) from 17 to 20 October 2016.
PLATFORMA also encourages further empowerment, autonomy and financial sustainability of Local and Regional Governments, but also effective working partnerships between central and local governments in each country towards the definition and implementation of integrated national urban policies.
On 16 and 17 May, PLATFORMA will be represented at Habitat III Local Authorities Informal Hearings in New York by Andreas Wolter, Deputy Mayor of Cologne (Germany).
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