Informal Hearings with Stakeholder Groups 6-7 June 2016, New York

Aligned with the vision for the preparatory process and for the Conference to be carried out in an inclusive, efficient, effective, and improved manner, the General Assembly, in its resolution A/70/210, invited representatives of major groups and stakeholders to two-day informal hearings in June 2016 to exchange views with countries on the zero draft of the outcome document of Habitat III, taking full advantage of the intergovernmental negotiations in May and June 2016 and building on the inclusive engagement modalities of Habitat II.

Day 2

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  

Panel 4: Effective Implementation

Moderator: Thomas Wright, Regional Planning Association (United States)


  • Maria Luisa Alvarado, Habitat for Humanity International (Peru)

  • Ramon Cruz, Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) (United States)

  • Marta Benavides, Agricultural Missions, Siglo XXIII (El Salvador)

  • Daria Cibrario, Public Services International (PSI) (Italy)

  • Clinton Moloney, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) (Australia)

Exchange of views with member states, IGOs, and United Nations agencies

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Panel 5:  Implementation at the Local Level

Introduction / Moderator: Emilia Saiz, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), and Global Task Force (GTF) (Spain)


  • Rohit Aggarwala, Sidewalk Labs (United States)

  • Khady Dia Sarr, Dakar Municipal Finance Project (Senegal)

  • Marcelo Montenegro, Action Aid (Brazil)

  • Andrew Bata, International Association of Public Transport (UITP) (United States)

  • Alice Claeson, International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IEMSA) (Sweden)  

Exchange of views with member states, IGOs, and United Nations agencies

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Panel 6: Follow-up and Review

Moderator: Jessica Espey, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) (United States)


  • Ines Sanchez de Madariaga, Technical University of Madrid (Spain)

  • Nicholas Ngatia, Kenya Model United Nations of (Kenya)

  • Ana Lucy Bengochea, Garifuna Emergency Committee (Honduras)

  • Maruxa Cardama, Communitas Coalition (Spain)

  • Justin Edwards, Social Progress Imperative (United States)

Exchange of views with member states, IGOs, and United Nations agencies

4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Panel 7: Partnerships for the New Urban Agenda

Moderator: Katherine Kline, AARP (United States)


  • Sahar Attia, University of Cairo (Egypt)

  • Oscar Fergutz, Avina Foundation (Brazil)

  • Mitchell Silver, Immediate Past President, American Planning Association, and Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks (United States)

  • Shipra Narang Suri, International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) (India)

  • Rose Molokoane, Slum/ Shack Dwellers International (SDI) (South Africa)

Exchange of views with member states, IGOs and United Nations agencies

5:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m

Closing Remarks by:

  • Dr. Joan Clos, Secretary General of the Habitat III Conference

  • Maryse Gautier, Co-Chair of the Habitat III Preparatory Committee and Auditor General, Ministry of Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs and Ministry of Housing and Sustainable Habitat of France

On September 5 2017, GAP and the Global Task Force organized the Stakeholder Consultation involving Stakeholder responses to the New Urban Agenda and UN-Habitat.

Download Stakeholder Consultation Document