Grassroots leaders, academics, mayors, and nonprofit organizations from around the world came together the week of October 15th to map out a plan for the future of cities. They descended on Quito, Ecuador for Habitat III for the adoption of the New Urban Agenda and to compare notes on how to best achieve its principals and vision. The US Delegation was led by Julian Castro the US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Residents of North Brooklyn attended via the leadership of the locally headquartered Huairou Commission’ an International organization that brought hundreds of women leaders and men allies from various parts of the world to participate in the conference. Amongst the local leaders who attended was Luz Esperanza Paltan, a leader of Williamsburg/Greenpoint’s, United Neighbors Organization (UNO) a grassroots housing advocacy organization affiliated with St. Nicks Alliance. Luz was invited by leaders of the Huairou Commission to join with citizens from around the world to develop and adopt the New Urban Agenda.
St. Nicks Alliance also participated and introduced JOE-NYC, a new innovative entity created by community housing developers to find more effective means to strengthen and improve current portfolio of affordable housing and together pursue new opportunities for affordable housing development.
The Huairou Commission has collaborated with women across the globe to shape the New Urban Agenda, which focused on creating inclusive cities, addressing the issues of migration, making cities safer, building urban culture, and the legislative and governance process. Maureen Friar, the new Executive Director, was joined by Jan Peterson as the Huairou Commission’s Board Chair.