The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, more commonly known as Habitat III, is currently in full swing in Quito, Ecuador. The conference brings together governments, UN agencies and programs, local authorities, civil society and the private sector to address issues of sustainable urban development. IFMSA is present with a seven-person delegation.
The Habitat III Conference aims to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization, to focus on the implementation of a New Urban Agenda, which will be adopted during the conference. The Habitat III Conference will build on the outcomes of several regional meetings, thematic meetings and informal intergovernmental negotiations.
IFMSA has been working on the health aspects of urban development in the Habitat III-process, given input towards the process and participated in some events around it. During the conference, we will continue our work to highlight the importance of health in urban development.
During the conference and its pre-events, we have already had the chance to facilitate discussions around the aspects of urban environments that impact health, participate in side events on youth engagement and connect with potential partners for IFMSA.
The IFMSA delegation consists of Andrea Falconi, Alice Claeson, David Imbago, Pablo Estrella, Maria Jose Cisneros Caceres and Maria Gracia Pena.