Canadian Leadership on Inclusive Cities

Canadian Commission for UNESCO co-hosted major panels at Habitat III

The United Nations' Agenda 2030 has identified "Sustainable Cities and Communities" as a key Sustainable Development Goal. The New Urban Agenda, adopted during the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development (Habitat III) that was held in Quito, Ecuador, from October 17-20, 2016, will concretely contribute to fulfill this goal. CCUNESCO was pleased to be a part of this major international event that brought together over 30,000 stakeholders in one place. 

In collaboration with UNESCO, we co-organized two panels where members of the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities (ICCAR) as well as city actors from around the world shared insights on urban inclusion and sustainable development. Representatives from two Canadian cities, Saskatoon (Saskatchewan) and Châteauguay (Quebec) for the Montréal Metropolitan Community, were amongst the panellists. 

Through our active participation, we contributed to:

  • highlighting the importance of inclusion, diversity and non-discrimination for sustainable urban development;
  • positioning ICCAR as a key platform for collaboration in implementing the New Urban Agenda and Agenda 2030;
  • bringing together ICCAR mayors and decision-makers to share good practices, case studies and testimonies on city-level initiatives that highlight inclusion and freedom from discrimination;
  • proposing innovative initiatives to leverage available Canadian networks (e.g. Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD) and resources supporting the work of municipalities (e.g. the CCMARD Toolkit)).
Outcome of the conference: A New Urban Agenda

Translating the ambitious 2030 Agenda into the context of cities and human settlements around the world, the New Urban Agenda, adopted at Habitat III, articulates a vision for sustainable urban development with inclusion, human rights and freedom from all forms of discrimination in cities as cross-cutting themes. The New Urban Agenda is an action-oriented document that sets global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage and live in cities by drawing together cooperation with committed partners, relevant stakeholders, and urban actors at all levels of government and the private sector. Learn more.