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BBSR at the HABITAT III conference in Quito

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At the HABITAT III UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito (Ecuador) from October 17 to 20, 2016, the member states of the United Nations adopted the New Urban Agenda as a global guideline on urban development.

The aim of the New Urban Agenda is to enhance cities as liveable locations for all urban dwellers. The Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) participated in negotiations on the New Urban Agenda and the preparatory conferences in Nairobi, Surabaya and New York, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). In Quito, the BBSR presented solutions for sustainable urban development at a side event on urban finances and an accompanying exhibition in the German pavilion.

Increasing urbanisation is one of the dominant trends of the 21st century. Already today, more than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in cities. According to estimates, that figure will increase to two thirds by the year 2050, representing 2.5 billion more urban dwellers than today, most of whom will be in Asia and Africa. That poses great challenges for urban development policies in those regions and for each individual community. At the same time, it also offers many opportunities in shaping those developments and using them positively. Cities are motors for economic progress and places of social transformation and integration.

Without sustainable urban development, it will be impossible to meet the global community’s climate and energy targets. During the Habitat III process, Germany strongly advocated strengthening communities as key protagonists in the integrated development of urban spaces.

"Germany – Partner for Sustainable Urban Solutions" was the motto of the German pavilion, presenting four ministries, subordinate authorities and partner institutions. All those interested were invited to learn more about new ways of social development that are dedicated to ecological, social and economic targets, as well as exchanging experiences and networking.


Dr. Karl Peter Schön
"European Spatial and Urban Development" division
phone: +49 228 99401-2130

André Müller
"European Spatial and Urban Development" division
phone: +49 228 99401-2341