International City Leaders and UN-Habitat

The World Cities Report 2016 - Urbanization and Development: Emerging Futures

at the Ford Foundation, New York, on May 18th 2016.


Every 20 years, a new urban agenda is determined and adopted by urban officials worldwide to help shape a better life in the cities the world over. This global initiative is organized through United Nations Settlement Program or UN-Habitat.

The main objective of the World Cities Report 2016 is to take stock of the progress made after the adoption of the urban agenda in 1996 during UN-Habitat’s Habitat II conference in Istanbul and will assist in formulating the new urban agenda that will be adopted later this year in the upcoming UN-Habitat’s Habitat III Conference.

Habitat III Conference to be held in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016 is also the first United Nations global summit after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  It offers an opportunity to discuss the important challenges faced by cities, towns, and villages regarding planning and management towards fulfilling their role as the main drivers of sustainable development, in addition to to their role in implementating the new global development and climate change goals

For more information on the Habitat III Conference see