The Habitat III preparatory process required the mobilization all expertise on sustainable urban development, representing various constituent groups and stakeholders, and whose selection was guided by geographical and gender balance considerations, as well as qualitative criteria.
The Habitat III Policy Units were formed to identify challenges to the New Urban Agenda, as well as identify policy priorities and critical issues and develop action-oriented recommendations for its implementation through the Policy Papers, which were official inputs to the drafting of the New Urban Agenda.
The Policy Units’ mobilization in the Habitat III process marked the first time in the history of Habitat conferences that the formation of and such extensive consultation with experts outside the United Nations system took place. It sets a great precedent for future conferences to be informed by independent expert knowledge and is considered a benchmark of inclusion.
List and Composition of Policy Units
The following were the main tasks of the Policy Units:
- Identify the challenges, including the structural and policy constraints, to the New Urban Agenda within the issues discussed by each policy unit;
- Identify the policy priorities and critical issues for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda within the issues discussed by each policy unit;
- Develop action-oriented recommendations for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
Each Policy Unit presented a report to the Secretary-General ot the Conference and the Bureau of the Prepatory Committee. The Policy Units were tasked with conducting their work on the basis of rigorous analysis of credible shared evidence, as well as engaging and consulting widely with relevant constituencies at the national, regional, and global levels.
Read about the formal handover of the Policy Papers here.
- Bring together high-level expertise to explore state-of-the-art research and analysis;
- Identify good practices and lessons learned;
- Develop independent policy recommendations on particular issues regarding sustainable urban development.
Policy Units were composed of a maximum of 20 experts each, bringing together individual experts from a variety of fields that included academia, government, civil society, and other regional and international bodies. Panelists were members in their personal capacity; however, a wide variety of profiles were selected to ensure representation of all major groups. The United Nations system was also represented.
Members of Policy Units were appointed by the Secretary-General of the Conference in close consultation with the Bureau of the Preparatory Committee.
Lead organizations of the Policy Units
The Policy Units were led by two international organizations responsible for coordinating and presenting the final outcome of the expert group to the Secretary-General of the Conference.
Organizations were elected through an open call process.
Comments From Member States On Policy Unit Frameworks
- Argentina Comments By Argentina
- Brazil Comments By The Federative Republic Of Brazil On The Habitat III Policy Papers
- Colombia policy Unit 1 | policy Unit 2 | policy Unit 3 | policy Unit 4 | policy Unit 5 | policy Unit 6 | policy Unit 7 | policy Unit 8 | policy Unit 9 | policy Unit 10
- Ecuador commentarios Del Ecuador A Los Policy Paper Frameworks De Habitat III
- European Union And Member States Comments From The European Union And Its Member States On The Policy Paper Frameworks
- Finland policy Paper Frameworks Comments
- France policy Unit 1 | policy Unit 4 | policy Unit 5 | policy Unit 6 | policy Unit 8 | policy Unit 9
- Germany Comments From Germany
- Japan Comments To The Policy Paper Frameworks
- Mexico Comments To The Policy Unit Documents
- Myanmar policy Frameworks Response
- Netherlands, The merged Feedback On The Habitat III Policy Unit Paper Frameworks
- Norway Comments From The Permanent Mission Of Norway To The United Nations
- Russia Comments Of The Russian Federation On The Policy Paper Frameworks
- Senegal Comments From The Permanent Mission Of The Republic Of Senegal To The United Nations
- Thailand policy Unit 9
- United States Of America Comments From The United States Mission To The United Nations
Comments By Stakeholders On Policy Unit Frameworks
- Caritas International documento De Propuesta: “el Derecho A La Ciudad Y Cuidades Para Todos”
- Ecoagriculture Partners response To Habitat III Framework Policy Paper #6
- Habitat International Coalition Comments On Habitat III Policy Paper Frameworks
- Helpage International Comments On Draft Policy Unit Frameworks For Habitat III From Helpage International And 24 Civil Society Members Of The Helpage Global Network And The Stakeholder Group On Ageing
- Institute For Global Environmental Strategies inputs Into Un-habitat Policy Papers
- Institute For Housing And Urban Studies, Erasmus University Of Rotterdam Comments To Habitat III Policy Papers
- International Council For Science And Future Earth Comments On Behalf Of Icsu And Future Earth On The Habitat III Policy Paper Frameworks
- Techo Comments From Techo
- Union For International Cancer Control policy Unit 6 | policy Unit 9
- World Future Council policy Unit 3 | policy Unit 8
- World Resources Institute habitat 3 Policy Paper Frameworks Wri Cities Response
- World Wildlife Fund wwf Comments On Habitat III Policy Paper Framework On Urban Governance, Capacity And Institutional Development