Quito Coverage

Official and unofficial mechanisms are quickly falling into place to follow and prod implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
Gregory Scruggs October 21, 2016

Friday 21 October

Official and unofficial mechanisms are quickly falling into place to follow and prod implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

Thursday 20 October

Finalization of New Urban Agenda by 167 countries comes as discussion has turned to implementation.
Just as nations adopt the Habitat III outcome strategy, four towering figures in urbanism announce a treatise on cities and planning. One of those was Habitat III head Joan Clos.
The primary tunnel in and out of Quito is too congested. As the city works with a Chinese firm on an expansion plan, critics are concerned it will create more traffic and displace residents.
25 experts weigh in on the 20-year time frame of the New Urban Agenda, the sustainable urbanization strategy adopted this week.
Many were surprised last month when negotiations on the New Urban Agenda kept the term in the final document. Now, efforts have been made at this week’s Habitat III conference to try to explain what this means on the ground.
USD 2.3 million announcement addresses key gap in mayors’ ability to access climate finance for resilience planning in cities.
Good urban planning can’t happen without a better understanding of informal settlements, advocates say.
As the summit marks the start of implementation of the New Urban Agenda, everyone is interested in financing. But the business presence at this week’s conference was light.
The informal sector is here to stay. It is expanding. And increasingly, in many cities across the world, its face is feminine.
Habitat for Humanity will seek to secure housing for 40 million people by 2020, among other pledges on land tenure.
An initiative is collecting data with a mobile app and visualizing it with balloons and a map.
The DIY way to get light safely and cheaply into off-the-grid areas.

Wednesday 19 October

As Habitat III draws to a close, opinions are mixed on whether the framework on sustainable cities is gaining political traction.
The new Atlas of Urban Expansion draws on old and new data to paint a picture of what massive urban growth really means.
El nuevo Atlas de la Expansión Urbana utiliza datos antiguos y nuevos para representar gráficamente lo que verdaderamente significa el crecimiento urbano masivo.
25 experts weigh in on the Habitat III outcome strategy being adopted this week in Quito.
Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau and Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena rode to power last year on a wave of popular discontent over Spain’s real-estate-driven financial crisis.
As global leaders gather at this week’s Habitat III conference to adopt the New Urban Agenda, they are being urged to pay greater attention to transport.
Partnerships between the local government, national government and the Catholic Church keep Quito's historic center looking great and drawing tourists.
Mechanism seen as critical following Habitat III negotiations’ removal of proposed Multi-Stakeholder Panel on Sustainable Urbanization.
The Pritzker Prize winner also elaborated on his ‘half a good house’ concept, outlining the five elements — and no more — the state should provide through affordable-housing programmes.

Tuesday 18 October

Halfway through Habitat III, few countries have made pledges on the official Quito Implementation Plan platform.
A new plan aims to guide more compact, transit-oriented development of the city through 2040.
25 experts weigh in on the U.N. summit on sustainable urbanization taking place this week in Quito — and the 20-year vision document it will adopt.
As the U.N.’s urbanization jamboree finally kicks off, what does the former mayor want the world to know about his city?
The Future Cities project tells stories of the people who make Kinshasa, Lima and Yangon places to watch.
‘It’s impossible to think the next 20 years could be like the last 20 years,’ said the U.N. official tasked with monitoring the right to adequate housing, as countries adopt the New Urban Agenda.
‘Intermediary’ cities host 70,000 new people a day, a trend expected for decades. But lawmakers have yet to fully recognize this reality.

Monday 17 October

The Habitat III strategy is being adopted as global recognition is picking up that health should be at the heart of city development strategies.
Progress on implementing the Habitat III strategy can be driven by equitable access to five basic services — land, housing, water, energy and transport, a think tank says.
At the centre of this week’s Habitat III conference on sustainable urbanization is a strategy that has been negotiated and agreed by 193 countries — the New Urban Agenda. Is that accord transformative?
What started as an effort to clean up a vacant house has turned into a force for social change.
The Habitat III strategy was meant to provide a roadmap for implementing recent global accords in cities. But analysis is mixed on how it stacks up.
25 experts weigh in on the Habitat III outcome strategy being adopted this week in Quito.
Upgrades to parks and public spaces are seen as a lasting legacy from a four-day conference.
Release took place on eve of Habitat III summit, which many are expecting to provide a roadmap guiding work on the urban components of the new Sustainable Development Goals.

Sunday 16 October

On the eve of Habitat III, officials from 500 cities release two new visions of a deeper international role for local authorities.
A building without a concrete foundation demonstrates a new frontier in sustainable urban construction.
25 experts weigh in on the Habitat III outcome strategy, to be adopted this week in Quito.
During four-day conference, presidents, ministers and other representatives of 140 countries will adopt the New Urban Agenda, a global 20-year vision on sustainable urbanization.
As Habitat III rolls into his city, Rodas tells Citiscope his hopes for the conference’s legacy for Quito.

Friday 14 October

Even as governments adopt the New Urban Agenda next week, multiple groups plan protests and contrary discussions.
The healthy, neighbourly polis we dreamed of 40 years ago feels further away now than it did then. We need to heed the example of the Vancouver of 1976, not the Vancouver of 2016.