Participation of Udisha in third session of the Preparatory Committee of Habitat III (PrepCom3) in Surabaya, Indonesia
Three delegates from Udisha- Mr. Rakesh Gaur, Founder President, Mr. Govind Ram Sharma, Member and Mr. Raghav Gaur, Youth Coordinator attended the third session of the Preparatory Committee of Habitat III (PrepCom3) in Surabaya, Indonesia from 26th July to 28th July, 2016.
The third session of the Preparatory Committee of Habitat III (PrepCom3) in Surabaya, Indonesia, made strong progress towards the adoption of the New Urban Agenda in Quito. In three intensive days of negotiations, delegates from member states discussed the crucial points of this agenda on sustainable urbanisation.
During the Welcoming Ceremony of PrepCom3, Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, sent out a strong call for people-centred cities: ‚ÄúThere are three important things to be highlighted in relation to cities. They are people, people, and people. We are now living in an urbanized world where 54% population of people live in the city. Cities are made for people and by people. This is the place for us. We grow up in cities. We meet each other in cities, and cities happened because of us.”
Dr. Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Public Works and Housing of the Republic of Indonesia, highlighted the importance of including a wide range of stakeholders in the process, saying that the government will no longer be the only institution in charge of the development of urban areas and settlements. He cited how there has been a global shift of government’s role from being a top-down regulator into being a facilitator of the development for all stakeholders, including communities and the private sector.
PrepCom3 put the city of Surabaya in the global spotlight of sustainable urbanisation for three days. In 27 parallel events and 39 side events, United Nations member states, representatives from intergovernmental organisations and local and regional governments, and stakeholders discussed how a new model of urban development would be able to integrate all facets of sustainable development to promote equity, welfare, and shared prosperity.
The important role of PrepCom3 as the key arena for member states to discuss the New Urban Agenda before the Habitat III Conference in Quito was also reflected in an extraordinary high turnout. A total of 4,248 from 142 different countries were registered during the three days of the meeting.
The Surabaya Draft of the New Urban Agenda was the result of the negotiations at the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the Habitat III Conference (PrepCom3), It formed the basis for the next round of informal negotiations in New York end of August/beginning of September.
After the release of the Surabaya Draft of the New Urban Agenda at the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the Habitat III Conference in Surabaya, Indonesia in July 2016, the New Urban Agenda was finally been agreed on at the Habitat III Informal Intergovernmental Meeting which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 7 to 10 September 2016 and adopted in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.
The Heads of State and Government, Ministers and High Representatives, have gathered at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) from 17 to 20 October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador, with the participation of sub-national and local governments, parliamentarians, civil society, indigenous peoples and local communities, the private sector, professionals and practitioners, the scientific and academic community, and other relevant stakeholders, to adopt a New Urban Agenda.
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