The Habitat III Conference was held in October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador, with the express mandate of promoting urban development that “integrates all the facets of sustainable development to promote equity, welfare and shared prosperity.”
Governments met in Quito to approve this New Urban Agenda (NUA), which is looking to be an action-oriented programme that acknowledges the role of cities as the main drivers of growth and development, and aims to improve urban sustainability, equity among citizens and resilience of the built environments.
UITP recognises and promotes the role of public transport as part of the solution and subsequent implementation of the New Urban Agenda. Public transport supports equity and prosperity in cities, reduces cities’ carbon footprint and contributes to improved public health. Given the synergy between the NUA and the role of public transport in cities, UITP has been closely involved in the drafting of the Habitat III Conference text.