In September 2014, during the first session of the Habitat III Preparatory Committee (PrepCom1) held in New York at the United Nations headquarters, the Secretary-General of the Conference, Dr. Joan Clos, presented a report on the preparations for the Conference and launched an innovative, inclusive, and action-oriented preparatory process carried out in four areas: knowledge, engagement, policy, and operations.

A Habitat III Strategic Framework was developed based on these four areas, while linkages among the four areas were guided by the principles of innovation and inclusiveness requested by Member States. A roadmap for the preparatory process was also prepared.

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