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Invitation to a five day learning event for UN-Habitat staff and partners on Building drafting skills for improving the quality of urban legislation (8 – 12 July, 2019) – London, UK

By on 04/30/2019

The implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals largely depends on the adoption, enactment and enforcement of urban legislation that can deliver results. Current experience shows that both developed and developing countries face several challenges in designing and enforcing effective legislative frameworks for sustainable urban development. There is an urgent need to address the lack of awareness of what constitutes a good urban law and the lack of specialized skills on how to design effective legislation.

The Urban Legislation Unit, Urban Legislation Land and Governance Branch in collaboration with the Sir William Dale Center for Legislative Drafting , Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London have great pleasure in sending out this call for expressions of interest and ‘save the dates’ for a learning event to be hosted in London, UK from 8 to 12 July, 2019.

This five-day learning event focuses on familiarizing participants with the difference between policy and legislation, helping them understand what good urban legislation is and to develop skills to identify problems in legislation. It also aims to introduce existing methods and tools for evidence based policy and law making and presenting basic drafting principles.

It intends to bring together local and national level government officials and other UN-Habitat partners, UN-Habitat program managers and those involved in strategic direction of UN-Habitat’s country level operations to better understand the potential contribution of urban legislation, in pursuing UN-Habitat’s mandate and vision (both normative and operational) and in achieving the urban SDGs and the New Urban Agenda. 

The training event is interactive, participatory and with a strong practical orientation. The following topics will be covered:

  • The role of legislation in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda
  • Understanding the links between policy and legislation
  • Understanding what good urban legislation means
  • Examples of good and bad legislative practice from around the world
  • Methods and tools for evidence based law making

Participation will be limited to a maximum of 20 people. 

Expressions of interest should be send by 15 May 2019, including a brief motivation on how this training would be of relevance in the work of the unit or team/partner in question; and, where applicable, include a summary description of examples of where urban legislation and/or urban legislation tools are already in use by the unit or team/partner.

The training will be free of charge, however, staff/ partners will be expected to cover their own costs (tickets and DSA) from their programme budgets.Please send your expressions of interest to Anne Amin ( from the Urban Legislation Unit. Should you require any further information/clarification, please do not hesitate to contact her.

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