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Habitat III

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As Canada's Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and head of Canada’s official delegation, I would like to acknowledge the impressive level of collaboration and discussion that led to the adoption of the New Urban Agenda at the Habitat III Summit in Quito, Ecuador. The adoption of this ambitious declaration strengthens the commitments of governments around the globe to make a meaningful contribution to the sustainable development of towns, cities and human settlements for the next 20 years.

I am particularly proud of Canada’s active participation in and meaningful contribution to the New Urban Agenda. We took strong leadership in the promotion of inclusive and diverse communities. Throughout the process and during the Summit, we were a strong advocate for equality and the inclusion of under‑represented groups. Going forward, we will continue to advocate for the inclusion of all peoples, both at home and abroad.

Across the globe, Canada is seen as a leader in the areas of partnership and innovation. Working together is something that Canada does well, and I believe this will be vital as we undertake the important work of implementing the New Urban Agenda at home. If we are to achieve the strong, safe, clean and inclusive cities we strive for, it will require us to continue working in partnership with provinces, municipalities, academia, civil society, youth, Indigenous people and others to make it happen.

The principles agreed to at Habitat III will guide effort as our government embarks on the development of important national strategies and solutions related to housing, poverty reduction, child care, infrastructure, climate change and other challenges.

Canada is at its best when all communities have the opportunity to reach their full potential. We understand that there is a lot of work to be done, but also that working together can help ensure that everyone has the quality of life they deserve.

We are now heading into the most interesting part of the process—translating what we’ve learned into concrete action. In order to do so, I am inviting Canadians who participated in the Habitat III Summit in Quito, as well as Canadians who followed it from afar, to express their views and provide feedback on what was learned from Habitat III and how we can implement the New Urban Agenda at home.


The consultation will run until December 9, 2016.


The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development







As Canada's Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and head of Canada’s official delegation, I would like to acknowledge the impressive level of collaboration and discussion that led to the adoption of the New Urban Agenda at the Habitat III Summit in Quito, Ecuador. The adoption of this ambitious declaration strengthens the commitments of governments around the globe to make a meaningful contribution to the sustainable development of towns, cities and human settlements for the next 20 years.

I am particularly proud of Canada’s active participation in and meaningful contribution to the New Urban Agenda. We took strong leadership in the promotion of inclusive and diverse communities. Throughout the process and during the Summit, we were a strong advocate for equality and the inclusion of under‑represented groups. Going forward, we will continue to advocate for the inclusion of all peoples, both at home and abroad.

Across the globe, Canada is seen as a leader in the areas of partnership and innovation. Working together is something that Canada does well, and I believe this will be vital as we undertake the important work of implementing the New Urban Agenda at home. If we are to achieve the strong, safe, clean and inclusive cities we strive for, it will require us to continue working in partnership with provinces, municipalities, academia, civil society, youth, Indigenous people and others to make it happen.

The principles agreed to at Habitat III will guide effort as our government embarks on the development of important national strategies and solutions related to housing, poverty reduction, child care, infrastructure, climate change and other challenges.

Canada is at its best when all communities have the opportunity to reach their full potential. We understand that there is a lot of work to be done, but also that working together can help ensure that everyone has the quality of life they deserve.

We are now heading into the most interesting part of the process—translating what we’ve learned into concrete action. In order to do so, I am inviting Canadians who participated in the Habitat III Summit in Quito, as well as Canadians who followed it from afar, to express their views and provide feedback on what was learned from Habitat III and how we can implement the New Urban Agenda at home.


The consultation will run until December 9, 2016.


The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development







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