Seeking Business and Finance Content at Habitat III?

Published: Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 by Lenora

Habitat III - Quito October 2016I’m going to Habitat III with a different focus from most attendees. Our mission at is to find entry points for business, finance and investment innovation for sustainable cities and housing.

It’s still somewhat unusual to find this content at UN Habitat convenings. Certainly, many sessions have no overtly business or investment angle but could be useful for business people seeking insights on integrating inclusion or Sustainable Development Goals into their business model or their corporate engagement practices.

For those wishing to find sessions related to private sector activity, below are the events I’ve identified across various programs (see the main program here and other sessions here). Note that the implementation of the issue papers related to the New Urban Agenda will be discussed in Special Sessions. I have found certain training sessions useful in the past as well. Finally, don’t forget to check out the Exhibition space, the Urban Library and the Urban Futures events.

Enjoy! See you in Quito!

Sunday October 16

  • The Business Assembly – The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) will host mayors, large corporations, policymakers, academics and NGOs in a day-long conversation about private sector partnerships to implement the New Urban Agenda. I will be a panelist in this event, speaking about social enterprise, impact investment and the potential to leverage capital markets for cities more broadly.

Monday October 17

Tuesday October 18

Wednesday October 19

Thursday October 20

  • Financing Sustainable Urban Development – The emphasis will be on overseas development assistance and municipal finance, but public sector resource constraints mean that public private partnerships and other hybrid financing models, as well as capital markets instruments will be needed to finance sustainable cities.
  • A New Role for the Private Sector: Integral to Implementation of the New Urban Agenda – This session focuses on urban governance and leadership. The pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, which has a good reputation for its sustainable and responsible business practices, will discuss public health interventions.

Other interesting sessions on housing, urban regeneration and inclusive and sustainable urban development that may be of interest, in no particular order: