On May 20, 2016, the School of Public Affairs and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development hosted a regional convening in support of the United Nations’ Habitat III. Photos from the event can be viewed in the slideshow below.
The U.N. convened the first Habitat conference in 1976 in Vancouver, sparking an international dialogue on urban issues. The third “United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development” takes place in Quito, Ecuador, on October 17-20, 2016. At Habitat III, participants will develop a “New Urban Agenda,” an action-oriented outcome document that addresses 21st century challenges and harnesses the tremendous potential of cities to promote sustainable development.
This regional convening in Denver consisted of best policy practices panel presentations and speakers from throughout the Mountain West who focus on Habitat III themes:
- Securing Housing Options for All
- Economic Mobility and Social Equality
- Sustainable and Resilient Urban Development
Panelists at the Denver event included:
- Clark Anderson, Principal, Community Builders, Glenwood Springs, CO
- Honorable Ralph Becker, former Mayor, Salt Lake City, UT
- Rob Bennett, President, National EcoDistricts, Portland, OR
- Kelly D. Edmiston, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
- Jennifer Irving, MPH, Director of Regional Equity, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, Pine Ridge Reservation, SD
- Benoy Jacob, Assistant Professor, CU Denver School of Public Affairs and Director, Center for Local Government
- Molly Urbina, Executive Director, Colorado Resiliency and Recovery Office
- Dace West, Executive Director, Mile High Connects, Denver
The keynote speaker was Tjada D’Oyen McKenna, Chief Operating Officer at Habitat for Humanity International.
Other regional convenings in the United States took place in Chicago and Philadelphia; upcoming convenings are scheduled for Miami and El Paso in June.