City Prosperity Initiative Side Event at Habitat III, Quito

City Prosperity Initiative Side Event at Habitat III, Quito

October 18th, 2016

Measuring the New Urban Agenda and SDGs: the City Prosperity Initiative (CPI)

On October 18th, 2016, UN-Habitat presented the City Prosperity Initiative (CPI) at the Habitat III Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, Ecuador. The event discussed the components of the global framework of the CPI, presenting the approach and modalities of measurement of the CPI and its capacity to support more informed decision-making and showcasing current examples and results of its implementation in countries all over the world. The event also informed member states and governments on the need for a systematic monitoring and reporting system for the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the Sustainable Development Goals indicators.

The panelists of the side event presented the results of the implementation of the CPI in different countries discussing how the introduction of CPI is generating evidence-based guidance for defining priorities and promoting political dialogue at the urban level.

The director of Infonavit, Mexico, presented the results of applying the CPI in 152 cities of Mexico and the use of the tool to influence their national housing strategy. CITE-Flacso from Ecuador presented the findings of the State of Ecuador Cities Report that used the CPI to set the baseline of 27 cities in the country. UN-Habitat Saudi Arabia discussed about their results and challenges of the implementation of the CPI in the Future of Cities Programme and mentioned the important steps that the country is taking to improve the situation.

The panelists agreed that the City Prosperity Initiative can be a useful tool for monitoring and follow up on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). INFONAVIT committed to continue using the CPI as a tool to monitor the impact of their housing-financing policy in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and increase the base number of cities that are using the CPI currently. CITE-Flacso mentioned that they will continue to use the CPI as a baseline to monitor the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs from the civil society perspective. All the panelists stressed the need to make information at urban level more accessible for creating an open platform for developing urban policies and assessing the progress of cities.