The Platform

Overview

2022 will be a very important milestone for the New Urban Agenda:

The Urban Agenda Platform supports these processes as the global knowledge portal for gathering voluntary reports, best practices, training, and data - both quantitative and qualitative, for reviewing the progress made in implementing the New Urban Agenda to accelerate achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This platform is for national governments, subnational governments, local authorities, civil societies, UN entities, private sector, regional organizations and all other key stakeholders to voluntarily share their contributions to the implementation of the global agenda from the global, regional, national and local level.

A one-stop-shop for both reporting and learning, the platform supports knowledge exchange, builds interaction and supports capacity development to establish communities of practice for sustainable urbanization development and to share and inspire positive change.

High-Level Meeting on the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda

The High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda will take place on 28 April 2022 at the UN Head Quarters in New York. The Secretary-General’s Quadrennial Report on the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda will form the basis for discussion. Five emerging elements of the Outcome of the HLM that may be considered by Member States are as follows:  

  • Decade of Action – Commitment by Member States to elevate the New Urban Agenda as a road map for accelerating the Paris Agreement and the Decade of Action for Sustainable Development.
  • Cities and Pandemics – Recognition of the role of cities in COVID-19 response and contributing to and spearheading the implementation of healthy, just, and sustainable national recovery
  • New Social Contract – Alignment of New Urban Agenda with Our Common Agenda on the future of multilateralism, with the integration of health, housing, incomes/employment, education, and digital access
  • Climate Action – Strengthening of local government contributions to nationally-determined commitments on climate mitigation and adaptation, with a strategic focus on green infrastructure and resilience for the urban poor 
  • Peace and Security – Call for Global Action Plan on inclusive urban planning in countries in post-conflict and disaster situations, strengthening social cohesion through the provision of durable solutions.

The New Urban Agenda call for multi-stakeholder partnerships

Thematic multi-stakeholder and cross-sectoral alliances involving governments and related institutions at all levels, UN agencies, funds and programmes, civil society, private sector, academia, and other stakeholders are essential for the achievement of SDGs and the New Urban Agenda. The scarcity of information and data on SDG 11 and other urban-related SDGs and the New Urban Agenda calls for collaboration, pulling together and standardization of data from different sources. Without this, assessment of the implementation of these global agendas and regional frameworks will be difficult.

The Urban Agenda Platform facilitates the sharing of experiences, best practices, and the establishment of alliances for increased action in the coming decade.

We encourage voluntary, country-led, open, inclusive, multilevel, participatory and transparent follow-up and review of the New Urban Agenda. The process should take into account contributions of national, subnational and local levels of government and be supplemented by contributions from the United Nations system, regional and subregional organizations, major groups and relevant stakeholders, and should be a continuous process aimed at creating and reinforcing partnerships among all relevant stakeholders and fostering exchanges of urban solutions and mutual learning’. (New Urban Agenda, para. 162.)

The New Urban Agenda was adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador, on 20 October 2016. It was endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly at its sixty-eighth plenary meeting of the seventy-first session on 23 December 2016.

The New Urban Agenda is an action-oriented document that mobilizes Member States and other key stakeholders to drive sustainable urban development at the local level.

The implementation of the New Urban Agenda contributes to the localization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in an integrated manner, and to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, including Goal 11 of making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Audio:

In October 2017, one year after the Habitat III Conference, the New Urban Agenda was published in audio version in the six United Nations official languages as part of the Habitat III legacy project, making it accessible to persons with disabilities. The translations were possible thanks to the collaboration with the Victor Pineda Foundation and World ENABLED.

  1. عربي
  2. 中文
  3. English
  4. Français
  5. Русский
  6. Español

Reporting on the progress of the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda

As part of the Follow-Up and Review of this Agenda, the outcome document of Quito invites the “General Assembly to request the Secretary-General, with voluntary inputs from countries and relevant regional and international organizations, to report on the progress of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda every four years”, with the first report to be submitted to the General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council in 2018.

The New Urban Agenda further indicates that this report will provide a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the progress made in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and internationally agreed goals and targets relevant to sustainable urbanization and human settlements. The analysis will be based on the inputs provided by national, subnational and local governments. Moreover, the outcome document of Habitat III further states that “the preparation of this report will be coordinated by UN-Habitat in close collaboration with other relevant entities of the United Nations system, ensuring an inclusive United Nations system-wide coordination process”.

Preparation of the second Quadrennial Report 2022

 

In accordance with the UN General Assembly resolution 71/235, UN-Habitat in close collaboration with different stakeholders have prepared the 2022 Report of the Secretary-General on progress on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (Quadrennial Report). This report is the second of a series of five quadrennial reports and an element of the follow-up to and review of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

The report aims to describe the incremental and inclusive approach made by national governments and other stakeholders on the implementation and monitoring of the New Urban Agenda. UN-Habitat organized a virtual Writeshop with a wide range of stakeholders to provide inputs for the Quadrennial Report 2022. The Writeshop was attended by over 60 representatives from local and regional governments, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, the United Nations system, professionals, research and academia.

To complement the report, National Reports submitted by various Member States provided a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the progress made in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and internationally agreed goals and targets relevant to sustainable urbanization and human settlements.

These Voluntary National Reports are publicly available on this Platform. Inputs based on activities of UN entities, the UN Regional Commissions and UN Resident Coordinator’s Offices, the major groups and their collaboration with relevant stakeholders have also been integrated in the report.

Preparation of the Quadrennial Report

As part of the Follow-Up and Review of the New Urban Agenda, the outcome document of Quito invites the “General Assembly to request the Secretary-General, with voluntary inputs from countries and relevant regional and international organizations, to report on the progress of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda every four years”, with the first report to be submitted to the General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council in 2018.

The New Urban Agenda further indicates that this report will provide a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the progress made in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and internationally agreed goals and targets relevant to sustainable urbanization and human settlements. The analysis will be based on the inputs provided by national, subnational and local governments. Moreover, the outcome document of Habitat III further states that “the preparation of this report will be coordinated by UN-Habitat in close collaboration with other relevant entities of the United Nations system, ensuring an inclusive United Nations system-wide coordination process”.

The first of a series of five quadrennial reports were prepared in 2018. It illustrates the progress made by UN entities, national and subnational governments, local authorities and stakeholders in implementing and monitoring the New Urban Agenda during the initial 18 months since its adoption. 

Supplement Document of the Quadrennial Report

UN-Habitat organized the first Expert Group Meeting (EGM) in Granada, Spain from March 20th-23rd of 2018. This EGM adopted a “Writers’ Workshop” methodology to advance in a collective manner in the preparation of this Report. The contributing Experts were from different regions, disciplines, levels of government, private sector, civil society and academia as well as representatives from the United Nations system. They provided inputs for an initial summary of the steps taken towards the implementation of the NUA, highlight key areas where progress needs to be accelerated and what bottlenecks are currently in place, in addition to examining roles of the various stakeholders. Read More

The Supplement Document of the Quadrennial Report presents the strategy, roadmap and approach for the preparation of subsequent reports. It is more of a system based approach that integrates some quantitative and qualitative information, as an example of how these best practices and policies will be used in the future.