UN Regional Commissions take a comprehensive and integrated approach to the New Urban Agenda, which promotes close links in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and other global and regional frameworks. They play a key role in implementation, follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the regional level given their universal coverage, convening power, intergovernmental platforms, and broad-based cross-sectoral mandates and expertise, collaborating closely with regional and sub-regional bodies and organizations.
The five UN Regional Commissions share objectives aiming to foster cooperation among Member States at the subregional and regional levels. They support national governments and cities to achieve sustainable development, increased policy coherence among member States across their regions, promote improved capacity of institutions, and implement the New Urban Agenda (NUA). This support includes encouraging greater integration of various dimensions (regional, national, local) of the programme by, for example:
Building the capacity of national-and local-level decision-makers in implementing, monitoring and reporting the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and urban-related SDGs.
Establishing mechanisms for sharing information and successful practices.
Facilitating an inclusive process of knowledge generation and dissemination through regional monitoring and reporting on sustainable urbanization.
Direct support to the New Urban Agenda and urban-relate SDGs include adaptation of universal norms and global frameworks to regional and country contexts, policy coherence and dialogue with a broad range of stakeholders, capacity development and sharing of knowledge, experiences, good practices and lessons learned. UN Regional Commissions also provide a greater voice to subregions and countries with special needs, including least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developed countries (LLDCs), small island developing states (SIDS) and countries in crisis.
An overview of their activities to support implementation of the New Urban Agenda is available here.