Helping to Monitor the New Urban Agenda

Helping to Monitor the New Urban Agenda

 

 In October 2016, world leaders adopted the New Urban Agenda at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, known as Habitat III, which took place in Quito, Ecuador. It sets a new global standard for sustainable urban development, and will help in rethinking how we plan, manage and live in cities. The New Urban Agenda is a roadmap for building cities that can serve as engines of prosperity and centers of cultural and social well-being while protecting the environment. This is a historic opportunity for change.

UN-Habitat is recognized as a focal point for sustainable urbanization. Quantitative and qualitative analysis, regular assessments, along with meetings and conferences, will support follow-up and review of the New Urban Agenda. This agenda is expected to enhance the contribution of cities to sustainable national development, as well as to achieve inclusive, people-centred, resilient and sustainable urban development.The New Urban Agenda’s and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s follow-up and review must have effective linkages to ensure coherence in their implementation.

Through the City Prosperity Initiative, UN-Habitat is offering support to local and national governments in establishing customized monitoring mechanisms, which will allow a better-informed decision-making on policies and regulations, city-plan and extensions, and finance management for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. The City Prosperity Initiative provides a solid methodology for a systemic and comprehensive approach to city development. With the creation of a globally comparable baseline of urban information and data, the CPI provides a guided dialogue for evidence-based policy-making and the formulation of Actions Plans and Policy recommendations. It has the potential to be a global monitoring framework for the New Urban Agenda, creating local and national monitoring mechanisms for accountability.

The CPI fully addresses the five components of the New Urban Agenda. As an integrated initiative, the CPI provides metrics, policy dialogue, best practices and specific action plans on the key components of the New Urban Agenda. In addition, the CPI works as a platform that connects data to local and national evidence-based urban policies, and to the definition of measurable city-expansions and long-term development plans, designed according to the 3-legged approach. When implemented in a large scale, the CPI clearly connects to the formulation of National Urban Policies.