Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda

28 April 2015


The EUKN Policy Lab on Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda took place in Berlin on 28 April 2015. It was organised in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and gathered experts from UN-Habitat and Habitat III and from the German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR).

The Policy Lab analysed the Habitat III process in European countries, with regard to the Post-2015 Global Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Besides the strategic agenda, priorities and focus on European urban policy were among the discussed topics.

The Policy lab provided key actions for Germany to move forward in light of the New Urban Agenda. Following Susanne Lottermoser and Tanja Rödiger-Vorwerk words of welcome, Stephanie Haury from BBSR, kicked off the meeting by presenting the structure of the National Habitat III report. Roi Chiti and Katharina Rochell, from UN-Habitat, gave an explanatory presentation of the process and conceptual framework of Habitat III, its input and outcomes as well as its opportunities for the countries’ engagement. Bernice den Brok provided a European perspective to this Policy Lab by elaborating on the process of Habitat III in other cities, focusing on Dutch case studies.

The integration of global Agenda for European countries is an on-going topic and it yielded a second Policy Lab for Cyprus called: “the European and Global Urban Agendas and their relevance for Cyprus” held on 30 January 2017.