TOMÁS NETZAHUALCÓYOTL RICO-MORA holds an interdisciplinary professional experience which was acquired, over the years, through a range of investment planning, project portfolio management, teaching/research, team coordination and managerial tasks. After graduating from DUSP-MIT (Course 11), he worked as an Agricultural Project Economist (consultant) for the WORLD BANK (Washington, DC) and the FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS (FAO-Rome). His career also comprises appointments with the INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT (IFAD-Rome), and as undersecretary for rural development, GOVERNMENT OF MICHOACÁN (Mexico). Altogether, his extensive country fieldwork includes the diverse agro-ecological, institutional and territorial settings of some of the poorest, most difficult countries, including contrasting regions of Bolivia, Brazil, Nigeria, Uzbekistan; Lusophone Africa, Equatorial Guinea; Cuba, the Philippine and East Caribbean islands; and Mexico and Central America. CURRENT STUDY Whilst continuing active as an international consultant and indigenous peoples development promoter, Tomás N. Rico-Mora is currently working on a paper that seeks to identify —with a view to applying in FVC-related development practice (fragility, violence and conflict)—, the lessons that can be derived from the climate-change research and perspective originally generated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is also working on the formulation of a renewed, integrated and consistent business model for UN-Habitat: one that rationalizes the Program’s multiplicity of initiatives, action themes, networks and campaigns. Tomás N Rico-Mora affirms that this new UN-Habitat profile —which will need to emerge from the recommendations of the Independent Panel to Assess/Enhance Effectiveness of UN-Habitat after the Adoption of the New Urban Agenda— should also address the critical issue of the strategic integration of UN-Habitat to UN country operations, thus breaking the inertia of the “silos-based” operational model. The new “model” should also address— he further argues—, the fundamentally pending matters of financing and implementation for the New Urban Agenda.