Most Habitat III ‘issue papers’ now available en español
Next year’s Habitat III conference on cities will rope in representation from almost every country around the world. And the conference’s outcome, known as the New Urban Agenda, will set global urbanization strategy for the next two decades, thus directly impacting on more than half of humanity for the foreseeable future.
The details of the New Urban Agenda remain in the works, with an initial draft of the document set for release in April 2016. The process to arrive at those details, however, is already well underway. In late May, for instance, agencies from across the U. N. system published 22 “issue papers” meant to offer technical snapshots of the current global state of the thematic areas to be covered by the New Urban Agenda.
Now, in an effort to expand access to those issue papers, a network of groups in Mexico have translated 19 of the 22 documents into Spanish. Both the Municipal Women’s Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (FEMUM-ALC in Spanish) and the Iberoamerican Network for Budget Equality Between Women and Men worked diligently to provide these translated editions. The groups carried out the work under the auspices of the Huairou Commission, which advocates globally on behalf of women’s rights.
The timing of the translations is good. Throughout this month, the Habitat III Secretariat is accepting stakeholder input and debate on the issue papers through an online platform known as the Urban Dialogues.
Starting next month, both the issue papers and the Urban Dialogues feedback will be used by some 200 experts, organized into 10 “policy units”, to offer specific recommendations on the writing and implementation of the New Urban Agenda — essentially, coming up with the draft of the document’s first draft.
The translated issue papers can be found here:
11. Espacio público
17. (Untranslated: Cities and Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management)
20. La vivienda
21. (Untranslated: Smart Cities)
22. (Untranslated: Informal Settlements)
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