Actions to achieve Sustainable Urban Development

Why actions matter in achieving the 2030 Agenda

With only ten years remaining to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations Secretary-General has called upon a Decade of Action to accelerate and mobilize solutions at local and global levels, and fully engage partners, people and communities across all sectors to leverage transformative changes. It is a crucial moment to collect and monitor committed actions and advance the progress and achievement of the Agenda 2030

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The Abu Dhabi Declared Actions

The Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) debated issues related to rapid urbanisation, building inclusive and resilient cities, and take steps to accelerate their work towards the New Urban Agenda as an accelerator to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the Decade of Action. WUF10 began with a call to action and concluded with the Abu Dhabi Declared Actions committed by different partners and stakeholders groups.

The Abu Dhabi Declared Actions comprises actions committed on a voluntary basis by governments, partners, individuals, communities, business sector from cities and countries around the world to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The Actions was produced in consultation with the WUF10 Advisory Group with representatives from diverse partners in the urban development. The Actions is strategic level goals that will result from the implementation of new initiatives from a variety of institutions and actors.

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Key Focus Areas

  • Foster Global City to-City Cooperation
  • Advance sustainable urbanization in the Commonwealth
  • Make Cities Resilient by 2030
  • Promote the implementation of the New Urban Agenda at national level
  • Develop New Urban Agenda monitoring platform
  • Promote sustainable urban development and the implementation of the New Urban Agenda at regional and local levels
  • Actively promote implementation of the United Nations Systemwide Strategy for Sustainable Urban Development among Resident Coordinators
  • Implement the Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities
  • Mainstream disability inclusion, universal design and accessibility in cities
  • Promote greater respect for international humanitarian law to achieve sustainable urban development
  • Enhance Private Sector contribution towards sustainable urban development
  • Enhance Civil Society’s contribution towards sustainable urban development

Regional and National Urban Forums

With the increasing importance of regional dimensions and contexts, national level forums have frequently been scaled-up to the regional and sub-regional levels in support of the New Urban Agenda.  Involving multiple national and local governments as well as other national and regional stakeholders, these events have often been led and hosted by the UN Regional Commissions.

At the national level, National Urban Forums provide a conducive space for inclusive national urban policies, strategies and action plan formulation and review. They are key to domesticate and localize global and regional Agendas and are critical and inclusive platforms to advance evidence-based policymaking and review.


Actions At-a-Glance


An SDG-aligned Organisation for Resilient Citymaking

After World Urban Forum 10, we at Think City have re-organised around six key flagships that aim to scale our SDG impact across Malaysia. Our flagship...
Source: Abu Dhabi Declared Actions

Lineamientos hacia la Sustentabilidad Urbana

Mexico's federal environmental sector developed a reference framework to facilitate the adoption of an integrated approach in the planning and managem...
Source: Abu Dhabi Declared Actions

Programa de Vivienda Social (PVS), 2020

Achieve the right to adequate housing through 4 strategies: - Reduce the lack of proper housing for the most vulnerable population. - Expand the mec...
Source: Abu Dhabi Declared Actions

Estrategia Nacional de Ordenamiento Territorial (ENOT)

The National Strategy for Territorial Planning ENOT is a medium and long-term public policy that seeks to contribute to the reduction of social inequa...
Source: Abu Dhabi Declared Actions

Programa de Mejoramiento Urbano/Vertiente de Planeación Urbana, Metropolitana y Ordenamiento Territorial (PUMOT), 2020

Promote land and urban planning in the states, metropolitan areas, municipalities, and territorial districts....
Source: Abu Dhabi Declared Actions

Programa de Mejoramiento Urbano/Vertiente de Mejoramiento Integral de Barrios, 2020

Improve the living conditions of low-income communities and neighborhoods with high rates of violence and marginalization, rehabilitating public space...
Source: Abu Dhabi Declared Actions

Commonwealth Sustainable Cities Initiative

Since WUF10, the Commonwealth Sustainable Cities Initiative has implemented two main actions. The first was an Online Programme on Sustainable Urbanis...
Source: Abu Dhabi Declared Actions

Sustainable Cities in Turkmenistan: Integrated Green Urban Development in Ashgabat and Awaza

The Sustainable Cities Project aims to: - improve opportunities and favourable conditions in Ashgabat and Avaza to identify, develop and implement ...
Source: Abu Dhabi Declared Actions

Disaster Response And Recovery Facility (DRRF) - Disaster Risk Management in Cox's Bazar Programme

The objective of the project is to reduce the seasonal weather and disaster vulnerability of at-risk Rohingya and Bangladeshi host communities in Cox’...
Source: Abu Dhabi Declared Actions

Metropolitan Development Program of Guatemala City - PRODEME

The project aims to improve the capacity to provide services of the Municipality of Guatemala through institutional strengthening and technological mo...
Source: Abu Dhabi Declared Actions