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New Urban Agenda

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The New Urban Agenda is an action-oriented document which sets global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities through drawing together cooperation with committed partners, relevant stakeholders, and urban actors at all levels of government as well as the private sector.


The New Urban Agenda, agreed upon at the UN Habitat III Conference in Quito, will guide the efforts around urbanisation of a wide range of actors —nation states, city and regional leaders, international development funders, UN programmes and civil society— for the next 20 years. Inevitably, this Agenda will also lay the groundwork for policies and approaches that will have long lasting impact.


The Agenda  seeks to create a mutually reinforcing relationship between urbanisation and development. Several core ideas form the ideological underpinnings of the new Agenda. Democratic development and respect for human rights feature prominently in the document, as does the relationship between the environment and urbanisation.


The new Agenda also places importance on establishing a global monitoring mechanism to track progress on meeting commitments. As an “agenda”, it will provide guidance to nation states, city and regional authorities, civil society, foundations, NGOs, academic researchers and UN agencies. However, this guidance is not binding. This arrangement is different from, for example, the December 2015 climate negotiations in Paris, which resulted in a legally binding agreement.



For further information or to download the document, please visit the relevant Habitat III webpages at the links below.