Urban Best Practices Database

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The Urban Best Practices database is an online repository of inspiring breakthroughs on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. It contains practices which have been vetted and made available by different international award schemes. It has a comprehensive search functionality and serves as a useful reference tool for knowledge, success stories and lessons learnt that can be replicated and scaled up.Should you wish to add your Best Practices here, please contact us at unhabitat-bestpractices@un.org

This report showcases how local governments are demonstrating how impactful urban innovation can be and how important it is to engage cities as partners in efforts to implement the New Urban Agenda. This report is meant to be read alongside the 2022 Quadrennial Report. It highlights shortlisted and award-winning finalists from the last two cycles of the Guangzhou Award (2018, 2020) that are also part of the Best Practice Database on the Urban Agenda Platform. These initiatives have been selected to illustrate how cities and regions are attending to the three transformative commitments of the NUA, and how a focus on changes in governance, planning and financing practices take ideas and turn them into action and transformative change. This report also harvests cases from every region of the world, demonstrating how no one region or country has a monopoly on innovation.

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