The Road Towards Habitat III – Urban Challenges and Sustainable Development

July 18, 2016 - Urban Breakfasts

Lisbon - Portugal
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  Organized by the Habitat III Secretariat, in collaboration with The Ministry of the Environment of Portugal, Directorate-General for Territorial Development and The Metropolitan Area of Lisbon. July 18, 2016

Palácio Mascarenhas
Rua Cruz de Santa Apolónia – 23, 25 e 25A
1100-187 Lisboa, Portugal

The road towards Habitat III
Urban challenges and sustainable development



Habitat III is the united Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17-20 October 2016. As one of the first UN conference after the adoption of the “Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030” and the Paris Climate Change Agreement of COP21, the Conference will offer a unique opportunity to discuss the important challenge of how cities and towns are planned and managed, in order to fulfill their role as drivers of sustainable development.

With a high-level of participation, the Urban Breakfast in Lisbon will provide an update on the latest developments of Habitat III, and address the main urban challenges that cities of Portugal and abroad will have to overcome in order to achieve development.

Habitat III Urban Breakfasts are open to all Member States and relevant stakeholders, including parliamentarians, civil society organizations, regional and local government and municipality representatives, professionals and researchers, academia, foundations, women and youth groups, trade unions, and the private sector, as well as organizations of the United Nations system and intergovernmental organizations.


9:00 a.m. Registration, get-together and coffee  

9:30 a.m.

Welcome and keynote speech

Mr.Basílio Horta,
President of the Lisbon metropolitan Council

HE Mr. João Pedro Matros Fernandes,
Minister of Environment of Portugal

10:00 a.m.

Habitat III: United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development

Mr. Roi Chiti
High Representative of the United Nations Habitat III Secretariat

10:15 a.m.

Habitat III: National Report Portugal

Ms.Cristina Cavaco,

Directorate General for Territorial Development

10:30 a.m.

High-level panel

Panel moderator:
Ms. Luísa Schmidt,

“Expresso” and Institute of Social Sciences

Panel of speakers:
Mr.Hernâni Hélio Jorge,
Regional Director for the Environment Government of Azores

Ms. Helena Roseta,
President of Lisbon Municipal council

Mr. João Ferrão,
Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon

Mr. Paulo Correia,
Portuguese Association of Urban Planners

Mr. Tiago Mota Saraiva,

11: 45 a.m.

Open debate


12:20 p.m.


Mr. Demétrio Alves,
First Secretary of the Lisbon Metropolitan Executive Committee

Mr. Rui Amaro Alves,
Director General at Directorate General for Territorial Development

12:40 p.m.

Urban Brunch