The U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador, October 17-20 will be led by Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, with Ambassador Nancy Stetson, Special Representative for Habitat III serving as Deputy Head of Delegation.
Urbanization is a megatrend with profound implications for climate change, economic growth, political stability, and security around the world. In Resolution 66/207 and in line with the bi-decennial cycle (1976, 1996 and 2016), the United Nations General Assembly decided to convene the Habitat III Conference to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization, and to focus on the implementation of a New Urban Agenda, which provides an opportunity to translate the Sustainable Development Goals, Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change into local, tangible action. The United States is committed to working with all stakeholders in the international community on the enormous challenges and opportunities of urbanization with a particular focus on sustainable development, resilience, data, good governance, food, energy and water security, and access to financing and inclusiveness.
The U.S. delegation will include senior officials from the Department of State, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as U.S. mayors and members of civil society, philanthropy, academia and the private sector.