Strengthening the New Urban Agenda to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals
The High-Level Meeting on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda comes at a critical juncture for urban development. Africa and Asia are rapidly urbanizing, while urban populations in other parts of the world are stagnating or shrinking. All cities are faced with substantive challenges on how to ensure a livable future for urban residents in social, economic, and environmental terms. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed systemic inequalities in cities everywhere, highlighted pre-existing urban challenges, created new vulnerabilities and pushed hundreds of millions of people back into poverty. Urban areas are also responsible for most of the global resource consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions, with a drastic disparity among levels of income. The world’s richest one percent create double the CO2 emissions of the world’s poorest 50%, who are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Sustainable urban development has the potential to address or reverse many of these negative trends. The New Urban Agenda contains recommendations and commitments that can enable governments across the world to fight inequalities, achieve equitable low or net-zero urban transformations, and improve the quality of live for all.
And yet, the New Urban Agenda is poorly represented in the global discourse and receives little attention by member states and other relevant stakeholders. The High-Level Meeting, convened by the President of the General Assembly offers an opportunity for Member States to take stock of actions taken and put forward new commitments to revitalize the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
The High-Level Meeting in this way will build upon the cumulative actions and future commitments of governments as well as of local and non-State actors underscoring the importance of the New Urban Agenda as a catalyst for sustainable development.
- Urban Agenda Platform
- Quadrennial Report of the UN Secretary-General
- High-Level Meeting on the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda | General Assembly of the United Nations
- ECOSOC Special Meeting on 21 April 2022
- Programme of Side Events
- UN-Habitat Position Paper on the New Urban Agenda
- Action Framework for the New Urban Agenda
About the meeting
Member States will gather in New York for the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on 28 April 2022 to review progress on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda six-years after its adoption at the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador.
The High-Level Meeting on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda will be action oriented. Member States, local and regional governments, and other constituencies of the New Urban Agenda such as professional associations, grassroots organizations, and business leaders will utilize the platform to highlight policy directions and programmatic initiatives they have been engaged in, and to put forward concrete commitments for the next two years.
The High-Level Meeting will focus on four key areas of action that have been identified in the reports on progress in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda submitted by Member States, the United Nations system, and by diverse partner networks for the preparation of the Quadrennial report of the Secretary-General:
- Ending poverty and fighting inequalities, with a focus on affordable housing and access to basic services.
- Boosting equitable and sustainable urban economies and predictable financing of sustainable urban development through innovative approaches.
- Decoupling urbanization from environmental pollution and linking communities to data and finance to strengthen climate adaptation and resilience.
- Promoting participatory urban planning approaches for effective and inclusive urban crisis response and prevention.
The Urban Agenda Platform facilitates the sharing of experiences, best practices, and the establishment of alliances for increased action to achieve the SDGs and the transformative commitments of the New Urban Agenda in the coming decade. The platform supports knowledge exchange, builds interaction and supports capacity development tor sustainable urban development.
- SG quadrennial report
- The New Urban Agenda
- Reference documents
- ECOSOC special event
- Side events
- Information for participants
- Statements by Member States and stakeholders
- Daily Journal
- News and stories related to HLM
- Other side events
As part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, the New Urban Agenda encourages Member States to carry out a periodic follow-up to and review of the New Urban Agenda. So far, 30 countries have submitted National Reports on the Progress in the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda, which are available on the Urban Agenda Platform. All reports available at the time of drafting were considered in the quadrennial report of the Secretary-General on progress in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
A number of events are being organised as part of the roadmap towards the High-Level Meeting by the different constituents of the New Urban Agenda. These events may be limited in participation and may require an invitation. The complete list of side-events can be found under the file that is posted there first.