Platform on the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda

Hall 4, Room C

The theme of the Tenth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) is “Cities of Opportunity: Connecting Culture and Innovation”. Along with culture and cultural diversity, WUF10 will focus on cities as hubs of innovation—a key factor in accelerating implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) held in 2016. 

All United Nations Member States endorsed the New Urban Agenda, recognizing its transformative potentials and the shift of paradigm that it brings to how we plan, build, manage and govern cities and  the need for urban policies and integrated actions at all levels.

Effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda should contribute to realization of the 2030 Agenda and accelerate achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG11 and other goals and targets. There is no blue print for implementation of the sustainability principles outlined in the New Urban Agenda as the patterns, progress and challenges of urbanization are different across regions and countries, and urban development processes are complex, context-specific, multi-layered, and incremental.  

National governments are expected to deliver on the New Urban Agenda by supporting: (i) sustainable urban development for social inclusion and ending poverty; (ii) sustainable and inclusive urban prosperity and opportunities for all; and (iii) environmentally sustainable and resilient urban development. Meeting these transformative commitments requires concrete actions and measures in a range of areas such as national urban polices, rules and regulations, urban planning and design, urban basic services, housing and slum upgrading, risk reduction and resilience, capacity development, and climate resilience, mitigation and adaption.   

The New Urban Agenda also recognizes the critical role of key stakeholders including local governments, the private sector, civil society organizations, academia, NGOs, UN agencies, and multi-stakeholder partnerships during implementation and follow-up as well as monitoring and reporting on the New Urban Agenda.

The global New Urban Agenda Online Platform will be launched at this session. This initiative responds to the need to systematize updates on progress and enhance knowledge sharing and innovations related to implementation of the New Urban Agenda. The Platform is a virtual learning and exchange forum for all stakeholders.

The overall objective is to offer a one-stop shop to facilitate knowledge-sharing, monitoring, and reporting on progress, thereby accelerating  implementation of the NUA and SDGs.

UN-Habitat’s coordination of the NUA is in direct support of the UN Systemwide Approach to Sustainable Urbanization and is directly linked to UNDESA’s Partnerships for SDGs Online Platform.  

The first UN Secretary General’s Quadrennial Report on Implementation of the NUA was prepared in 2018 in close consultation with UN regional economic and social commissions, over twenty UN agencies, and other development and research partners.

The NUA Reporting Guidelines, the Urban Indicators Database, and the Best Practices Database linked on the Platform will provide a strong base of initial content for a robust, comprehensive and collaborative structure in preparation for the next Quadrennial Report in 2022 and up to 2036.

  • To formally launch available functions of the New Urban Agenda Platform including its linkages to regional and thematic platforms.
  • To discuss and learn how monitoring and reporting on the New Urban Agenda can best be supported.
  • To exchange experiences on how the New Urban Agenda Platform can best serve different user groups and meet various knowledge requirements, including innovative mechanisms. 
  • To explore measures and joint initiatives to collaborate on the sustainability of New Urban Agenda Platform to support increased and sustained investment in sustainable urbanization for accelerated achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as in the methodologies of data collection and knowledge generation.
  • To exchange ideas on new milestones at the national and global levels and requirements for monitoring and reporting on the New Urban Agenda Platform.
Guiding Questions

How can Member States and other stakeholders be effectively engaged in monitoring and reporting on implementation of the New Urban Agenda?

What is the current progress and the challenges faced at local, subnational, national and regional levels?

What monitoring methodologies and tools are required for use by civil society, grassroots and informal sector organizations to monitor and report on progress towards achieving the New Urban Agenda’s transformative commitments?  How can the NUA Platform best support these mechanisms.

What modifications and added elements, if any, should be included in the pilot phase of the NUA Platform during 2020?

What should be the governance mechanisms to ensure suitability, sustainability and effectiveness of the New Urban Agenda Platform to serve its functions?

How can the New Urban Agenda Platform be further advanced to foster an enabling environment to encourage reporting and experience sharing?

Session Speakers

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