Dr Melanie Lowe to Attend HABITAT 3

Melanie Lowe, a Research Fellow at the McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit has been awarded funding to attend the Habitat III United Nations Conference.

Melanie Lowe, a Research Fellow at the McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit has been awarded funding by the McCaughey Unit and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, to attend the Habitat III United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. She will be a member of the official University of Melbourne delegation to the conference, which will be held in Quito, Ecuador 17-20 October.

Habitat III is a UN initiative led by the United Nations Human Settlement Program (UN-Habitat). The aim of Habitat III is to reinvigorate a global political commitment to the sustainable development of towns, cities and other human settlements. This commitment is termed the ‘New Urban Agenda’, and will set new goals and priorities aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The conference will be the first time in 20 years that the international community has collectively considered fast-changing urban trends and their impact on human development, the environment, and civic and governance systems worldwide.

The University of Melbourne delegation will include an interdisciplinary group of researchers, and is seeking official accreditation to attend the negotiations between the UN member states. Delegates will also participate in a number of side events led by academics and civil society organisations.

Melanie's research interests focus on how urban governance and planning can support the creation of healthy urban environments, which is a strong cross-cutting theme of the New Urban Agenda.