What is the New Urban Agenda?

The New Urban Agenda sets the global standards for sustainable urban development for the next twenty years. It contributes to an integrated implementation and localization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets, including SDG 11 of making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.

To transform the way we build, manage and live in cities, everyone involved will have to cooperate closely together: government at all different levels, civil society, the private sector and multilateral donor organizations. Following extensive consultation and preparatory conferences, the agenda is being finalized during the Habitat III Cities Conference in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.

The world’s rapid urbanization is an irrevocable process and can reinforce sustainable development. National urban policy; laws, institutions and systems of governance; and the broad urban economy can enable sustainable development as well as local tax systems, urban planning and basic services and infrastructure at a more operational level.

The New Urban Agenda promotes cities and human settlements that are environmentally sustainable, resilient, socially inclusive, safe and violence-free and economically productive.

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