In order to contribute to the debates of national governments and provide the views of local authorities in the key issues of interest, the Global Taskforcecoordinated a High-Visibility Event of Local and Regional Governments, on the 16th of September 2014, at the UN Headquarters in New York.
It was called for in order to discuss the development of the Global Agenda of Local and Regional Governments, present views on the implementation of Habitat II, discuss the links between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Habitat III, and set out their priorities for the Habitat III agenda, involving the presence of High-Level UN officials. It was held in collaboration with the Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, DESA, as a follow-up to the ECOSOC Integration Segment on Sustainable Urbanization.
This High-Visibility Event is part of a series of events scheduled in the Framework of the first Preparatory Committee (Prepcom I) of Habitat III taking place in 2016.
The President of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), Mr. Khalifa Sall, attended this meeting to put forward the position of the cities of the South regarding the SDGs and the Habitat III conference.
To watch Mr. Khalifa Sall full intervention during the meeting, please visit the UN WebTV here.