The New Urban Agenda was adopted in 2016 during the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). As part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, the agenda encourages Member States to "carry out a periodic follow-up to and review of the New Urban Agenda, ensuring coherence at the national, regional and global levels, in order to track progress, assess the impact and ensure the Agenda’s effective and timely implementation, accountability to our citizens and transparency, in an inclusive manner” (paragraph 161).
These national reports will serve as a basis for 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 is to be based on activities of national, subnational, and local governments supplemented by contributions from the United Nations system, regional and sub-regional organizations, major groups, and relevant stakeholders.
Prepared every four years, the first set of national reports were due in 31 March 2021. The national reports are submitted and compiled on the Urban Agenda Platform. The designations employed and the presentation of the material in the reports do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers and boundaries.