“Habitat III” is shorthand for a major global summit formally known as the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. The Habitat III Conference will be held in Quito, Ecuador from 17-20 October 2016.
The United Nations has called the conference, the third in a series that began in 1976, to “reinvigorate” the global political commitment to the sustainable development of towns, cities and other human settlements, both rural and urban. The product of that reinvigoration, along with pledges and new obligations, is being referred to as the New Urban Agenda. That agenda will set a new global strategy around urbanization for the next two decades.
The Conference welcomes the participation and contributions of all Member States and relevant stakeholders, including civil society organizations, regional and local government, professionals and researchers, academia, foundations, women and youth groups, trade unions, and the private sector, as well as United Nations organizations and intergovernmental organizations. The conference offers a unique opportunity to discuss the important challenge of how cities, towns, and villages are planned and managed in order to fulfill their role as drivers of sustainable development for all people.
The Habitat I Conference was held from 31 May through 11 June 1976 in Vancouver, Canada.
The Habitat II Conference, also known as the "City Summit," was held from 3-14 June 1996 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Source: United Nations Habitat III