Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development that takes place following a bi-decennial cycle (Vancouver 1976, Istanbul 1996 and Quito 2016) with the aim to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanization, and focus on the implementation of a New Urban Agenda.
The city, founded by Spanish conquistadors, is a UNESCO Human Heritage site since 1978 and hosted delegates from more than 150 countries and thousands of participants involved in thousands of events focused on the future of human settlements inside or outside urban contexts.
During a presentation that took place at Centro Cultural Benjamin Carrion, PUSH offered a summary of its research on service design for urban policies, explaining the process that led to the development of the projects: MUV, Open Tour and Street art Factory. After the presentation, the award-winning documentary “Borgo Vecchio Factory”, directed by The Piranesi Experience, was screened.
The Habitat III Conference as whole was a resounding success: 30,000 people, among them 10,000 international participants from 167 countries. In the span of four days almost 1,000 events took place, including 8 Plenary Sessions, 6 High-level Roundtable Sessions, 4 Assemblies, 16 Stakeholders Roundtables, 10 Policy Dialogues, 22 Special Sessions, 3 Urban Talks, 1 Urban Journalism Academy, 59 United Nations events, 157 Exhibition booths and over 460 Side Events. It was a unique opportunity to exchange best practices, expand the international network and share the results of City as a Service, Urban Thinkers Campus organized by PUSH in Palermo in 2015.