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Toluca declaration for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (HABITAT III)

This declaration was adopted by the representatives of national government, local and regional authorities, intergovernmental organizations, United Nations agencies, professionals and academia, private sector, civil society organizations, men, women, children and youth, participating in the Habitat III Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Meeting in Toluca, Mexico, from 18 to 20 April 2016.

The declaration reiterates the commitment of the region to the process of constructing the New Urban Agenda, which will be adopted in Quito during the Habitat III Conference.

The participants of the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Meeting identified key elements to be included in the New Urban Agenda, including:

  • Urban and territorial planning;
  • Urban governance;
  • Adequate housing;
  • Water and sanitation; 
  • Sustainable mobility;
  • Land management, and;
  • Environment, climate change, and resilience 

In particular, the Declaration recommends to:

  • increase preventive and reactive measures to boost the resilience in cities;
  • prevent and reduce the exposure to risk of people located in informal settlements;
  • integrate disaster risk management in the use and occupation of territory, allowing for the planning of territorial development to integrate, in its economic, socio-economic, and biophysical components, holistic actions to prevent conditions for future risks and mitigate present ones.
  • develop and apply mitigation and adaptation strategies for climate change that serve to prevent and reduce new conditions of vulnerability to disasters associated with the occurrence of the phenomena of variability and/or climate change. 

Related Links


  • Themes:Disaster Risk Management, Governance, Urban Risk & Planning
  • Countries/Regions:Americas

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/49491

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