The city of Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, is preparing to host the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders, the 5th Congress of our World Organization, from October 12-15, 2016.
For the first time in our history, the World Congress will coincide with a United Nations Conference on Sustainable Urban Development – the Habitat III Conference – which will take place a few days after our Summit, from October 17-20, 2016 in Quito, Ecuador.
From Bogotá to Quito, the Summit will enable us to promote the recommendations, practices and experiences of local and regional authorities and ensure they are brought to fruition. It is in this way that we want to make the 5th Congress a leading political moment and a space for meeting and exchange among local and regional elected officials from all over the world, as well as among all of the communities that make up the global local and regional family.
It is also why we wanted this Summit to utilize more innovative formats of interaction that afford everyone a space to express and share their views.
We want to make the 5th Congress a leading political moment and a space for meeting and exchange among local and regional elected officials from all over the world.One year after the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit that defined the 2030 Agenda, and a few days before Habitat III, the Bogotá Summit must enable local and regional elected officials, practitioners, our institutional partners and civil society to develop our own global agenda and to advance their recommendations on the localization of the Development Agenda and the pillars of the New Urban Agenda of Habitat III. The Second World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments will be one of the key moments in paving the way from Bogotá to Quito.