The New Urban Agenda

The New Urban Agenda

The New Urban Agenda is a document intended to guide national and local policies on the growth and development of cities through 2036. Nearly 170 countries adopted the New Urban Agenda in October 2016 at the U. N.’s Habitat III summit on cities in Quito, Ecuador.

  • Scroll down below to see all of Citiscope’s ongoing coverage of how nations, regions and cities are implementing the New Urban Agenda.
  • For background, read Citiscope’s explainers on the New Urban Agenda and Habitat III. The full text of the document can be found here, while related materials can be found here.
  • Find all of Citiscope’s coverage from the Habitat III conference in Quito here.
Planners must strengthen the synergies between urban and rural areas, UN-Habitat says.
David Hatch October 18, 2017
How Indonesia's biggest megacity is making it easier for residents to make their wants and needs heard.
Patralekha Chatterjee October 12, 2017
Bolstering Sustainable Development Goal 8 will require shifting the focus away from the national and enterprise level toward cities and local authorities.
Edmundo Werna October 10, 2017
World Bank study also makes some policy recommendations.
Amy Fallon October 4, 2017
To realize increased efficiency, city leaders, planners and developers should look to the technology sector, where the principles of “agile” software development have transformed project delivery.
Alejandro Gutiérrez October 2, 2017
The continent’s cities remain mired in colonial-era legal process. A new guidebook shows how reforms can happen.
David Hatch September 26, 2017
The country is formulating its first-ever cities strategy.
Jeet Mistry September 25, 2017
Report highlights notable urban climate change defences.
David Hatch September 20, 2017
A global push is on for countries to adopt national urban policies. What are they and how do countries get one?
Gregory Scruggs September 19, 2017
Contest seeks to help marginalized communities worldwide strengthen the resilience of their systems for producing and delivering food. Voting ends 16 Sept.
David Hatch September 13, 2017
The ‘UN Urban’ proposal didn’t get much support, but several other key proposals did.
Gregory Scruggs September 8, 2017
Local officials need to focus on cleaner cooking fuel, solar energy and efficiency codes, says new report.
Carey L. Biron September 7, 2017
At high-level meeting, U.N. member states questioned other recommendations to reform UN-Habitat.
Gregory Scruggs September 6, 2017
A U.N. report has lessons for cities in the least developed countries.
David Hatch September 6, 2017
Ahead of key meeting next week, civil society grouping pushes ‘UN Urban’ proposal to go further.
Gregory Scruggs August 31, 2017
In Pontevedra, efforts to turn streets over to people has improved quality of life -- and proven politically popular.
Ignacio Amigo August 30, 2017
Experts see new need for this powerful tool in an era of rapid urbanization and amid the growth of intermediate cities lacking administrative capacity.
Gregory Scruggs August 29, 2017
Frameworks such as the New Urban Agenda bring with them a real risk of reducing citizens to providers of data, one academic warns.
Gregory Scruggs August 25, 2017
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