2016 marks the year of the Habitat III Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in October in Ecuador. In the ongoing process of drafting a New Urban Agenda, you can add your voice in shaping future policies of the cities where you live.
The adequate planning and design of public spaces improve equity, promote inclusion and combat discrimination. Well-designed and maintained streets and public infrastructure help lower crime rates and violence and make available spaces for formal and informal social, cultural and economic activities that contribute to strengthening mutual trust and community bonds.
From now until 26 March, individuals and organizations have the opportunity to contribute their input on the topic of Public Spaces.
During this online discussion, participants are encouraged to discuss how urban streets and public space can combat inequalities, as well as to improve urban mobility, urban productivity and livelihoods, while furthering environmental sustainability.
The urban dialogue on Public Spaces highlights both the challenges and opportunities cities face.