Defining an action plan on the roadmap towards Habitat III

On December 15, the Joint Work Programme(JWP), a group formed in 2013 by various Cities Alliance members to create and deliver a common set of priority messages to inform and influence the Post-2015 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) process, held the second joint workshop in Paris to prepare the road map for the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in 2016. The workshop was a follow-up to a first workshop held in October 2014 in Brussels, where participants had started to define their common activities in the light of the upcoming Habitat III conference in 2016, as well as the SDG process.

Coordinated by CAD and Tornos Abogados, the workshop featured members of the JWP including, the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MFA), Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) and Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), as well as observers from the Department of International Development (DFID) and the Habitat III secretariat.

During the workshop, CAD and Tornos Abogados presented the conceptual report prepared for the JWP, highlighting the main results from the research performed concerning the SDG process and the role of the JWP contributing to the new urban agenda.

Furthermore, JWP members participated in two working sessions addressing the strategy to develop in order to contribute to the new urban agenda on the roadmap towards Habitat III. Finally, the workshop ended with the articulation of an action plan that will enable all members of the JWP to work together enhancing synergies on the path towards Habitat III.