The preparatory process of Habitat III required the mobilization all expertise on sustainable urban development which represents various constituent groups and stakeholders, and whose selection is guided by geographical and gender balance, as well as qualitative criteria in terms of contribution to the Habitat III preparatory process.
List and Composition of Policy Units
- Bring together high-level expertise to explore state-of-the-art research and analysis;
- Identify good practices and lessons learned;
- Develop independent policy recommendations on particular issues regarding sustainable urban development.
Policy Units are composed of a maximum of 20 experts each, bringing together individual experts from a variety of fields, including academia, government, civil society and other regional and international bodies. Panelists are members in their personal capacity, however a wide variety of profiles are sort to ensure representation of all major groups. The United Nations system should also be represented.
Members of Policy Units will be appointed by the Secretary-General of the Conference in close consultation with the Bureau of the Preparatory Committee.
Lead organizations of the Policy Units
The Policy Units would be led by two international organizations, which would be responsible for coordinating and presenting the final outcome of the expert group to the Secretary-General of the Conference.
Organizations are elected through an open call process.
The main tasks of the Policy Units are to:
- Identify the challenges, including the structural and policy constraints, to the New Urban Agenda within the issues discussed by each policy unit;
- Identify the policy priorities and critical issues for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda within the issues discussed by each policy unit;
- Develop action-oriented recommendations for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
Each Policy Unit should present a report to the Secretary-General ot the Conference and the bureau of Prepatory Committee. The Policy Units should conduct their work on the basis of rigorous analysis of credible shared evidence, as well as engaging and consulting widely with relevant constituencies at the national, regional and global levels.
Each Policy Unit should present a report to the Secretary-General of the Conference and to the bureau of the Preparatory Committee.