Federation for
Housing and

Habitat III - Networking Event

Thursday 20.10.2016
Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, Room 6

A New Role for the Private Sector: Integral to Implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
Date: October 20, 2016 from 14-16 (2-4 pm) 
Location: Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, Room 6 (Avenida 6 de Diciembre, Quito, Ecuador)
Take a look at the programme for the event here or download the PDF version here
This networking session will featuring the voices of Dr. Faith Foreman of the City of Houston, Bo Wesley of Novo Nordisk together with IFHP President Flemming Borreskov, who will be inciting session participants to delve into discussion and debate of new forms of governance and collaboration between public, private and civil society actors to implement The New Urban Agenda. We  will focus on interdisciplinary cooperation between cities and the private sector. Kicking off with a panel debate we provide our visitors with inspiration and a platform.
Urban governance and leadership is imperative to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA). This hinges on the actors involved and their competencies and capacities to move beyond “business as usual”. We need to break the mould and co-create in new modes and new constellations, which straddle sectors, silos and disciplines. New actors are not what is needed in order to realize the NUA. Rather IFHP believes that it is new roles of interaction and dialogue that are greatly required.

Goal of the event 

With this networking event IFHP will direct particular attention to inter disciplinary cooperation between cities and the private sector.
It will provide a platform for national, regional and local governments, civil society organisations, parliamentarians, research and academia, grassroots organisations, women, children and youth, business and industries, foundations and philanthropies, professionals, trade unions and workers, farmers, indigenous people, media and older persons, as well as intergovernmental organizations to discuss specific topics of relevance and interest within Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. Networking events focusing on implementation and action-oriented initiatives for the New Urban Agenda are dominating the programme.
Successful implementation of NUA requires moving beyond stringent conception of governance structures of the past, where public authorities on occasion invited the collaboration of private sector actors under quite set terms. NUA of the 21st century requires new urban governance and new forms of collaboration whereby public and private stakeholders or actors enter co-operations on equal terms, whereby all parties benefit and can gain on investment. 

The set-up of the network event 

IFHP will host and lead the event, where IFHP President Flemming Borreskov will head up the session in his capacity as leading expert on Policy Unit 4: Urban Governance: Capacity and Institutional Development. The event is co-hosted by members of the IFHP Community, representing the private sector Novo Nordisk in the capacity of their Cities Changing Diabetes Programme.
The event will kick-off with short presentations meant to spark discussion with and amongst the participants, followed by break-outs into smaller groups for the purpose of networking, informal dialogue and discussion of specific challenges as identified by IFHP’s partners, community and audience at large participating in the event.
The events will have a duration of two hours and is an opportunity to build knowledge, strengthen partnerships and networks through sharing ideas and commitments in an effort to advance on the implementation of sustainable urban development in cities and towns around the globe.

More information on the Habitat 3 events: 

See for the many events taking place at HIII conference, including:
Take a look at the programme for the event here or download the PDF version here
Please join us exploring ways to implement The New Urban Agenda.  

In collaboration with: 

For more information, please contact CEO Anette Galskjøt ( from the IFHP Team.