From July 25–27, Surabaya, Indonesia, hosted PrepCom3, the third and final session of the preparatory committee for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), to be held in Quito, Ecuador, in October.
At PrepCom 3, UN member states negotiated toward a consensus draft of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) to be adopted in Quito. The NUA will strongly influence priorities and modalities for sustainable urban development for decades to come.
UNU-IIGH took the opportunity to launch its new publication, “THRIVE 2: Health and Wellbeing in the City We Need“, drawing much-needed attention to the health and wellbeing of humans and the planetary systems that support them. The launch took place during an Urban Speakers Corner featuring a panel discussion by UNU researchers and the Secretary General of the Malaysian Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government. The Ministry partnered in the production of the publication.
THRIVE 2 illustrates an eco-social perspective on urban health; it employs art and simple explanatory text in an effort to bridge conceptual barriers and spur new thinking. This second edition includes the outcome statement of the Urban Thinkers Campus, organised by UNU-IIGH in January 2016.
UNU-IIGH also hosted an exhibition with several partners that featured selected projects, including a new network for urban health research in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC-Urban Health), co-founded by UNU-IIGH, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health.
UNU-IIGH has engaged extensively with the Habitat III process, including co-organising a global expert forum on health, sustainability, and urban development ahead of PrepCom3; participating in the work of the Researchers and Academics Partner Constituent Group of the General Assembly of Partners; and close collaborating with the World Urban Campaign.
For more, see the news story PrepCom 3 – on the road to Habitat III on the UNU-IIGH website.