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.
After decades of trying concrete solutions, authorities are planting bamboo and mangroves and using other soft-path methods to make its waterways less of a menace.
Keith Schneider June 22, 2017
“World Urban Forum 9 will be the place to craft this whole reporting process,” said one advocate.
Gregory Scruggs May 11, 2017
On most issues, this week’s Governing Council meeting is in wait-and-see mode.
Gregory Scruggs May 10, 2017
But successfully formulating these policies depends on the view of federalism followed in any particular country.
Abigail Friendly May 8, 2017
An interview with the Canadian city’s point person on the event, to be held in March 2018.
Carey L. Biron May 5, 2017
Next week’s biennial gathering of the agency’s board is garnering far more attention than usual.
Gregory Scruggs May 5, 2017
Eights trends binding together the Sustainable Development Goals, New Urban Agenda and Paris climate agreement — and pointing toward a future of sustainable cities.
Aromar Revi May 1, 2017
The Habitat III strategy’s early progress, from the perspective of its chief architect.
Gregory Scruggs April 28, 2017
‘There are quite a few initiatives that have promise, but I don’t think we have crossed the threshold of momentum,’ said one analyst.
Gregory Scruggs April 28, 2017
Six recommendations for building inclusivity in an era of displacement.
C.W. Kihato and L.B. Landau and A. Sarkar and R. Sanyal April 25, 2017
U.N. secretary-general tasks 8-member body with offering key assessment of UN-Habitat by June.
Gregory Scruggs April 13, 2017
An interview with the World Economic Forum’s urban point person, Alice Charles.
Gregory Scruggs April 7, 2017
Yes, say experts. A working group meeting this month hopes to offer first-ever guidance in the next few years.
Brendon Bosworth April 5, 2017
Several groups plan to create a “financial solidarity mechanism”, to work first in Senegal and Nicaragua.
Gregory Scruggs March 29, 2017
UCLG project relaunches by highlighting nearly 70 case studies from five continents.
David Hatch March 22, 2017
The United Nations is not adequately adapting its operations and policy frameworks to the new urban reality of violence and conflict. But new tools do exist.
Deen Sharp and Gizem Sucuoglu March 20, 2017
External evaluation comes as the agency is seeking to take the lead on implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
Gregory Scruggs March 17, 2017
Although Africa is awash with private equity and “impact” investors, the continent’s transformation continues to lag. But local governments can play an important role.
David Jackson March 13, 2017
Pushed by grass-roots pressure, South Africa’s judicial system has shown real progress in turning the government’s focus from housing delivery to in situ upgrading of informal settlements.
Marie Huchzermeyer February 20, 2017
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