Development - celebration of World Habitat Day (October 3, 2016)

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On World Habitat Day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development is underscoring the importance it ascribes to the achievement of the Agenda 2030 goal of making “cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” It is one of the 17 sustainable development goals adopted in September 2015 by the entire international community.

In 2030, the number of city-dwellers will have tripled, and about 60% of all people will live in cities. Some 15 new megalopolises will have emerged whose population will exceed 10 million inhabitants.

The Habitat III conference, the third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, will be held in Quito, Ecuador, from October 17-20. It will establish a new global urban agenda setting the international framework for the next 20 years.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, part of the French partnership for cities and regions, has mobilized its efforts to implement this agenda, particularly by opposing urban exclusion and supporting the environmental and energy transition.

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