Nations will soon gather at Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito. This is a significant moment for cities across the world, as nations will officially adopt the New Urban Agenda, a global framework that aims to define the course for sustainable urbanization in the coming decades.
The leadership of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability have responded to the New Urban Agenda in the ICLEI Communiqué, welcoming the New Urban Agenda while calling for further action by nations and outlining concrete steps ICLEI will take to build a sustainable urban world between now and 2030.
ICLEI welcomes the New Urban Agenda and the general guidance is offers on integrated sustainable urban and territorial development. ICLEI recognizes that it brings together important local development concepts that have been used and understood by local governments for many years. What is new is that these concepts, such as the Right to the City, are now integrated into language for and by nations and the international community.
The New Urban Agenda also does, to some extent, link to other global sustainability frameworks, like the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement. However, it falls short of providing a set of instructions for achieving the specific goals and targets established in these related frameworks. Further action is thus needed from nations to show how they will implement the New Urban Agenda – and from cities to help bring forward a global transformation.
To do its part, ICLEI has outlined clear actions to help advance the New Urban Agenda. As stated in the communiqué, ICLEI will:
As ICLEI gathers in Quito with its delegation of 120 local leaders from over 40 countries, this message will come out quite strongly. ICLEI is committed to doing its part towards a global transformation and to demonstrating this in a global arena.
Visit our Habitat III webpage for more information on our activities on the ground in Quito.
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