"Take ownership of vital agenda" UN chief to world's mayors

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Quito historical centre with Mrs. Ban and María Fernanda Pacheco, wife of Quito Mayor Mauricio Rodas, 16 October 2016. UN Social Media/Ariel Alexovich

Mayors across the world need to "take ownership" of a new global agenda for sustainable development in the towns and cities they represent, said the UN chief on Sunday.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was speaking in the Ecuadorian capital,
Quito, on the eve of the official opening of the UN's Habitat III
conference, which aims to re-think the planning and management of towns and cities across the world.

Matthew Wells is in Quito, and sent this report.

The conference has been 20 years in the making; the third global summit of its kind dedicated to housing and sustainable urban development.

On Monday, leaders from all over the world are due to officially adopt the so-called New Urban Agenda here in the conference hall, which is a series of standards for how cities and towns can grow in the years ahead, for Mayors across the world need to "take ownership" of a new global agenda for sustainable development in the towns and cities they represent, said the UN chief on Sunday.

By hosting the conference, Quito becomes the first city in the Global
South to take on the role, and thousands have flocked to the picturesque capital, which straddles the equator, at an altitude of nearly 10,000 feet.

Mr Ban praised the invaluable role played by mayors and other local government leaders, in devising the New Urban Agenda.

"Elected officials, Mayors, Governors and Councillors, are the forefront of the battle for sustainable development. You are faced with the immediate
daily demands of your people: for housing, transport, infrastructure, education, sanitation and basic services…Take ownership of this vital agenda. Stand up for the people
you represent. Help to create the towns and cities of the sustainable future."

The UN chief told the Second World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments gathered here in hall, that their role would be more vital than ever, as both the New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals enter their phase of practical implementation.

With up to 70 per cent of the world likely to be living in cities and towns by the middle of century, the work done here in Quito, will influence generations of urban-dwellers to come.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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