April 12, 2024

UN Habitat III Journalism Workshops


Want to learn more about next year’s United Nations global urbanization conference? Citiscope, a non-profit media outlet focused on cities has a news service focused on Habitat III — www.citiscope.org/HabitatIII — and is organizing two events in New York for journalists and editors to learn more about Habitat III and network around the theme of urban-focused journalism.

When the United
Nations held its Habitat II global urbanization conference nearly 20 years ago
in Istanbul, 2.6 billion people were living in cities. By the time Habitat III
is held next year, that number will have grown to 4 billion. At present more
than 50 per cent of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By the end of
this century the percentage is expected to grow to 85 per cent. 

Consequently, urbanization
has never been a more pressing issue. On October 17-20, 2016 the UN
Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will take
place in Quito, Ecuador — the first major UN conference for implementation of
the recently approved Sustainable Development Goals and the anticipated climate
agreement this December at COP-21 in Paris.

Please see below for
details and if interested, contact gscruggs@citiscope.org for
registration information

1. Quick and Dirty:
Everything you need to know about Habitat III in 15 minutes

Friday, October 23, 2:30-2:45
pm at The TimesCenter, 242 W. 41st St.

The Municipal Art
Society Summit for New York is the premier annual event for major figures
— NYC elected officials, U.S. senators, world-class architects, leading
scholars —  to think about the future of the Big Apple. As part of
this three-day summit, there will be a session on Habitat III featuring Ana
Moreno, Habitat III Secretariat Coordinator; Eugenie Birch, Chair of
UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign and President of the General Assembly of
Partners; Jane Katz, Habitat for Humanity; and Katia Araújo, Huairou

Following the session,
Citiscope will offer a breakdown for journalists and editors about why Habitat
III is newsworthy.  

If you would like
to attend this session, you can receive press access to the entire
Summit: http://www.summit.mas.org/schedule/

2. Deep Dive: The New
York City Urban Journalism Academy

Saturday, October 24,
8:30 am – 5:00 pm at The New School, 65 5th Ave.

On the road to Quito in
2016, local partners worldwide are organizing Urban Thinkers Campuses to
discuss and debate the New Urban Agenda, the outcome document of Habitat III.
The New York City Urban Thinkers Campus will take place on October 24 and
include an Urban Journalism Academy — an opportunity for journalists to engage
in a deep dive on writing about cities and urbanization, with one session
dedicated to Habitat III as news.


There will also
be an option tour of urban redevelopment projects in the South Bronx on Friday,
October 23 that will form the basis of discussion for one of the Urban
Journalism Academy Sessions.