Pattern Languages for New Urban Agenda

Source of Action
World Urban Forum
2022 - 2028
Last Updated
27 March 2023


The Promise of Pattern Languages We celebrate the adoption by acclamation of the New Urban Agenda by all 193 member states of the United Nations, representing a landmark achievement in urban history. However, six years later, implementation remains an overwhelming and unmet challenge. We have not yet delivered on the New Urban Agenda’s call “to deliver on capacity development programmes… by means of peer-to-peer learning, subject matter-related partnerships and collaborative actions” (New Urban Agenda, para. 149). We are still struggling with “creation, promotion and enhancement of open, user-friendly and participatory data platforms using technological and social tools available to transfer and share knowledge among national, subnational and local governments and relevant stakeholders, including non-State actors and people” (New Urban Agenda, para. 161) in order to achieve an “urban paradigm shift” (New Urban Agenda, para. 7).

Outcomes and Impacts

Increased and secure access to land and adequate and affordable housing, Improved spatial connectivity and productivity of cities and regions, Expanded deployment of frontier technologies and innovations for urban development, Improved living standards and inclusion of migrants, refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees through effective crisis response and recovery, Resilience, Safety

Lead Entity

Pattern Comunity

Key Dates

Start year: 7/1/2022

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable