Preparation of a Common Position of the EU and its Member States for the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) to be held in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016
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There is no one-size-fits-all solution to the challenges ahead that affect cities and urban areas of all sizes – including small and medium-sized ones – which differ according to their population size and dynamics, history and location, economic opportunities as well as their regional, national or international standing.
In addressing urban challenges, a shared vision should reflect the urban diversity and specificities of each context, including those of the EU Member States. It should address these challenges by also taking into account the impacts on the rural space, such as urban sprawl, soil sealing, the role of peri-urban zones and spatial segregation.