The WIEGO Network at PrepCom3: Day 1

WIEGO's delegation of informal worker representatives, researchers, organizers and technical support individuals are attending PrepCom3 (July 25-27, 2016) to ensure informal workers' voices are represented in the forthcoming New Urban Agenda. Here are some highlights from the first day - July 25th,


  1. On July 25, UN-HABITAT opened the 3rd Preparatory Committee of the Habitat III conference in Surabaya, Indonesia:
  2. The WIEGO Network is coordinating a delegation of informal worker leaders, organizers and their supporters from Indonesia, Ghana, Thailand, Cambodia, Canada, Ecuador, Peru, United Kingdom, and South Africa to attend the meeting.
  3. Our main goal of engaging in the Habitat3 process and PrepCom3 is to create spaces for informal workers and their representative organizations to have their voices heard, to make visible the positive contributions of informal livelihoods to cities, and to advocate for urban policy approaches that result in greater livelihood security for urban informal workers. Informal worker leaders have been able to engage with individuals, including UN-HABITAT Executive Director Joan Clos at our booth and photo exhibit:
  4. WIEGO hosted a side event with HealthBridge Canada, SEWA Bharat and RECPHEC titled, "Inclusive Cities: Working with the Informal Economy to Deliver on the New Urban Agenda" where worker leaders, organizers and supporters from India, Ecuador, Thailand, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Nepal and South Africa were able to share practical examples of informal worker inclusion in cities:
  5. Waste pickers from India and Ecuador spoke of the issues they face and the challenges and successes towards their recognition as workers and inclusion in solid waste management systems:
  6. PrepCom3: Indira, a Waste Picker from Bangalore Speaks at WIEGO Side Event
  7. An organizer from HomeNet Thailand also spoke about the issues facing home-based workers....
  8. Several positive examples of street vendor participation in urban planning processes and supportive policies for street vendors were also highlighted from India, Nepal, Vietnam, and South Africa
  9. PrepCom3: SEWA Delhi's Approach to Inclusive Urban Planning with Women Street Vendors