‘Habitat III’ is the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.
The UN convened the Habitat I conference in 1976 in Vancouver, Canada, when governments began to recognize the consequences of rapid urbanization, particularly in the developing world. Twenty years after Habitat I, the commitments were reconfirmed at the Habitat II conference in 1996 in Istanbul, Turkey. There, world leaders adopted the Habitat Agenda as a global action plan to create adequate shelter for all.
In 2016, the Habitat III conference will be held twenty years after Habitat II, and forty years after Habitat I. Like its predecessors, Habitat III will define global urban priorities for the following 20 years.
The Conference was established by General Assembly Resolution 66/ 207. Resolution 67/216 determined the modalities, preparatory activities, and the format of the conference.