WASHINGTON, DC—World Resources Institute will host a press call Tuesday, October 11 at 11:00 am EDT as urban leaders from around the world prepare to meet in Quito, Ecuador, to set the global agenda for the future of cities. Habitat meetings take place once every 20 years, bringing together more than 36,000 city officials and representatives from the private sector, academia, and non-profit organizations. WRI experts will discuss what to expect from UN Habitat III, as well as implications of the New Urban Agenda declaration and findings from our forthcoming World Resources Report on cities to be launched on October 16 in Quito.

WRI experts, Ani Dasgupta, Adriana Lobo, Holger Dalkmann and Victoria Beard, will discuss how the New Urban Agenda can make cities more productive, sustainable and livable, and the steps needed to make sure it’s implemented successfully. WRI has been deeply involved in the negotiations and can shed light on the process and outcome.

The call will also preview World Resources Report: Towards a More Equal City, which makes the case that sustainable and productive cities need to give all residents access to core services: safe housing, clean water, reliable energy and sustainable transport. Without this foundation, it will be impossible to meet the needs of burgeoning populations with increasingly scarce resources. Embargoed copies of the framing paper are available by request.

Read a primer on WRI’s expectations for Habitat III, featuring a Q&A with Ani Dasgupta: http://www.wri.org/blog/2016/10/qa-ani-dasgupta-whats-stake-cities-habitat-iii.


WRI press call on Habitat III and the new Urban Agenda and the forthcoming World Resources Report on cities

** Tuesday, October 11, 11:00 am EDT/ 14:00 GMT / 10:00 am ECT (Quito)


  • Ani Dasgupta, Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
  • Victoria Beard, Director Of Research, WRI, and lead other World Resources Report
  • Holger Dalkmann, Director, Strategy and Global Policy, WRI Ross Center For Sustainable Cities
  • Adriana Lobo, Director, WRI Mexico
  • Moderator: Michael Oko, Communications Director, WRI


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