Quito Media Center

During the Habitat III Conference held in Quito, Ecuador, 17–20 October 2016, the Quito Media Center was located centrally within the conference venue in close proximity to the plenaries and mains sessions and managed by the Habitat III Secretariat.

The media center was a big, open working space for use by accredited media. It was equipped with printers, internet connection, and video screens through which the press could watch main sessions that were being livecast by UN TV, though there was also pre-allocated space for media in venues where the plenaries, assemblies, and high-level main sessions were held.

Media interested in covering Habitat III had to have been registered online and submitted required documents by the first week of October. These documents were the following:

  1. A copy of their passport/national ID card;

  2. A copy of a valid press card/work pass; OR a letter on headed paper from their media organization outlining their role/function, signed by the Editor in Chief or Publisher

  3. (For freelance journalists only): In addition to items 1 and 2 above, two (2) samples of published work from the last 12 months

Accredited media were issued a media badge for the conference, allowing them access to certain high-level sessions where regular participant badges were not admitted. Media registrants unable to provide the required documents could still attend the conference but were issued regular badges.

The media center was annexed by the press conference room where 31 press events organized by Habitat III and various partners were held. See media schedule below.

Media Schedule:





Monday, 17 October 2016

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

C40 Mayors Press Briefing

Mayor of Quito, Mauricio Rodas; Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau; Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller; Mayor of Bogota, Enrique Peñalosa; Mayor of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta; Mayor of Guangzhou, Wen Guohui; Mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena; Mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Ángel Mancera; Mayor of Oslo, Marianne Borgen; Representative from Duba

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

United Nations

Opening Press Conference


Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations; Mr. Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

European Commission

Presentation of the Urban Agenda for the EU and how it will feed into the New Global Agenda

Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

UN-Habitat ROAS

Launch of the National Urban Policies Programme in the Arab Region

UN-Habitat Regional Office for Arab States and Urban Planning and Design Branch, selected ministers from Arab countries, United Nations Social and Economic Commission for Western Asia, League of Arab States

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Transforming Lives of a Billion Slum Dwellers

Ms. Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation and Development European Commission

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Daily Press Briefing

Daily Press Briefing


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Institut de la Francophonie pour le Développement Durable

Initiatives pour des Villes Durables et Politiques Nationales Urbaines Dans le Contexte du Nouvel Agenda Urbain – Cas de l’Afrique francophon

Mamadou Kone and Michel Max Raynaud

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Centre for liveable cities (Singapore)

Singapore signs MOU with UN-Habitat to develop International Capacity Development Programmes

Dr. Joan Clos, Secretary General of Habitat III, Senior Minister of State (Singapore)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Informal Workers Respond to the New Urban Agenda

Researchers and workers

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

ICAO and UN-Habitat

Signing Ceremony and Press Conference of ICAO and UN-Habitat

Dr. Joan Clos, Secretary General of Habitat III


2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

SLoCaT Partnership

Sustainable Transport

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Habitat III Secretariat

Urban Journalism Academy

Find the full programme here

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Daily Press Briefing

Daily Press Briefing

Habitat III Media team

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Daily Press Briefing

The Shift: Reclaiming Housing As A Human Right

Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Red Nacional de Ciclismo Urbano de México

Launch of the Sixth World Bike Forum in 2017 in Mexico City

Jenny Zapata López, BICIRED México; Jorge Cañez, WBF organizing committee; representative of Latin America cycling group, TBC.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

European Investment Bank

Announcement of Increased Impact and Expected USD 105 Billion Future Support for Sustainable Urban Development by European Investment Bank, the World’s Largest International Public Bank

Vice President Jan Vapaavuori and EIB Directors Responsible for Urban Development and Sustainable Transport

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Municipalidad del Cusco – Gerencia del Centro Histórico

Update of the Plan Maestro del Centro Histórico del Cusco (Cusco's Historical Center Masterplan)


Giovanny Becerra Alegría, Jorge Retamozo Loaiza and Manuel Huillca Arredondo

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Mega-Cities Project

Announcing Mega-Cities Young Leaders Awards and Launching MC2

Janice Perlman, Brian English, Gizele Martins, Francisco Sequeira

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Habitat III Secretariat Press Slot



2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The World Health Organization

Health as the pulse of the new urban agenda

Carlos Dora, WHO; Eric Solheim, UNEP; potential Norway Minister of State; Head of Climate & Clean Air Coalition

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

League of Arab States

Declaration of Arab region towards the New Urban Agenda

Shahira Wahbi, Chief of Natural Resources Sustainability and Global Partnerships, LAS; Two ministers of housing and local development from Arab countries (TBC)

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Visualizing Cities

Sebastian Meier (University of Applied Sciences Potsdam), Marian Dörk (University of Applied Sciences Potsdam) and Owen Gaffney (Future Earth, Stockholm)

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Alide – Cfn

Bancas de Desarollo de Latinoamerica y la Nueva Agenda Urbana

Si se refieren a voceros: Maria Soledad Barrera, Presidente del Directorio de ALIDE / Horacio Terraza, Coordinador del BID / Kristtian Radda, Lider de IFC (International Finance Corporation) / Entre otros representantes dela Financiera del Desarrollo Territorial (Findeter) Colombia, Banco de Desarollo Cofide de Perú, Banco Nacional de Desarrollo de Brasil (BNDES)

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Institute of Development Studies (IDS)

Creating Safe and Inclusive Cities that Leave No One Behind

Dr. Jaideep Gupte; Sekai Chiremba; Nancy Wairimu; Others from SDI.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Daily Press Briefing

Daily Press Briefing

Habitat III Media team

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

ICSU – International Council for Science

Comment on the final text of the New Urban Agenda from the scientific community’s point of view; to reflect on opportunities and challenges, to define the role of the scientific community in the post-Quito implementation phase, to comment on how the research community can play a role in connecting the dots with Agenda 2030.


Thomas Elmquist, Professo at Stockholm University; Sue Parnell, University of Cape Town (UCT); Xuemai Bai, Professor, Future Earth Scientific Committee

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Universidad de las Américas – Facuktad de Arquitectura

Ciuhabitat Winner Theme 1: Architecture and Urbanism for Settlements in Mangrove Ecosystems in the Gulf of Guayaquil, Ecuador

Maria Alicia Becdach, Berbardo Bustamante, Jorge Cevallos

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


Participation of the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Habitat III Conference, the right to adequate housing

Ms. Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London

Recommendations for how urban learning alliances can contribute to produce the urban knowledge needed for the successful implementation of the New Urban Agenda

Prof. Adriana Allen, Professor, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UK; Dr. Joseph Macarthy, co-director, Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre, Sierra Leone; Benejito Barbosa, Central de Movimentos Populares, Brasil

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

United Nations

Closing Press Conference

Dr. Joan Clos, Habitat III Secretary General , Representative Host country (TBC)

6:00 p.m.

United Nations

Press Briefing after the Closing Plenary

Ana B. Moreno, Habitat III Coordinator

Attendant to the conduct of press conference, partners could also submit and upload their own press releases at the Habitat III Website, at the Partners’ Press Releases portal.

Also within the Media Center was the Habitat III TV Stage, collectively comprised of two interview lounges specifically for bilateral interviews that different media organizations as well as the Habitat III Secretariat arranged with prominent figures in sustainable urban development, local and national leaders, and other urban actors. Interviews by the Habitat III Secretariat may be found here.

Videos of the opening ceremony, key note speeches, remarks, plenaries, press conferences, assemblies, high-level roundtables, and urban stage events during the conference were webcast live on UN Web TV and may still be found online on the following channels:

Below are archives of various media produced as coverage of the conference in Quito as well as documents developed for the media in Quito: