2nd World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments

Nations adopt the New Urban Agenda, framing sustainable urban development for the next 20 years

At the closing of Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, which took place from 17 to 20 October in Quito, nations unanimously adopted the New Urban Agenda, agreeing on a common vision for a sustainable urban world.

ICLEI welcomes the New Urban Agenda, through which nations commit to enhance engagement with and strengthen local governments. This document also translates concepts long used by local governments into language for and by national diplomats. These are positive developments.

However, the New Urban Agenda does not offer instructions for achieving goals set forth in related global sustainability frameworks, such as the Sustainable Development Goals. We can rate the success of Habitat III in two years, when nations conclude the two-year process in which they will decide on ways to monitor and evaluate progress on the New Urban Agenda. Only then will we be able to assess whether this non-binding global framework will be able to fulfill its role of setting global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development.

In Quito, ICLEI engaged in over 40 events, including official Habitat III events. ICLEI came with a delegation of more than 120 local leaders, including more than 50 mayors and vice mayors, from over 40 countries.

The full list of political leaders of ICLEI Member cities, regions and towns engaged in our activities at Habitat III is also available.

For more information on what happened during these events, view our digests - the final installment of which comes out on 28 October.

Photo credit:

2nd World Assembly photo by the UN

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