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.
A European recycling leader continues its quest for new ways to reduce waste.
Simone d'Antonio November 29, 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
Innovations in the U.S. capital region are changing food supply chains and bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to 'food deserts'.
Neal Peirce August 25, 2017
Effort looks at 100 cities in the United States with an eye to creating a methodology that can be used in other countries.
Gregory Scruggs August 24, 2017
Ideas from Europe include interactive spaces, youth programmes.
David Hatch August 23, 2017
A push for 100 ‘smart’ cities is neglecting needs for basic services and putting India’s poorest at risk of eviction, a report says.
Patralekha Chatterjee August 21, 2017
Short answer: It’s complicated. But coming months are ‘critical’, observers say.
Gregory Scruggs August 18, 2017
Officials are offering valuable land to developers in exchange for mixed-income proposals in an attempt to move beyond apartheid-era marginalization.
Brendon Bosworth August 17, 2017
Panel of experts’ recommendations could further complicate funding for UN-Habitat, some worry.
Gregory Scruggs August 15, 2017
A push from government, donors, NGOs and the U.N. yields a big success on public health.
AZM Anas August 14, 2017
But are urban planners ready to listen?
Einhard Schmidt-Kallert August 14, 2017
The Thai capital’s attempt to ban the city’s popular food vendors prompted international outrage. But the most significant effects are being felt locally.
Sarah Reed and Sally Roever and Narumol Nirathron August 3, 2017
A new initiative at TU Delft seeks to figure out what’s most relevant for students.
Gregory Scruggs August 2, 2017
Ideas from Seattle that can help cities anywhere protect cultural institutions survive redevelopment pressure and rising rents.
Gregory Scruggs August 1, 2017
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