Several national governments have showcased progress in implementing plans and commitments for sustainable urban development in cities after adopting the New Urban Agenda at Habitat III in 2016.
The New Urban Agenda outlines the global principles, policies and standards required to achieve sustainable urban development and to transform the way cities are built and managed. It is aimed at development actors across the board including nation states, city and regional leaders, development funders, the private sector, the United Nations programmes and civil society; to be implemented in the next 20 years.
Member States are encouraged to review their progress and produce national reports on the state of implementation of the New Urban Agenda. These are then uploaded onto UN-Habitat’s Urban Agenda platform, which will be used to produce inputs to the UN Secretary-General’s second Quadrennial Report on the progress of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda in 2022.
So far, 15 countries have submitted their reports: Algeria, Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Senegal, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, and Turkey. And 17 additional countries are currently preparing to submit their reports: Bahrain, Botswana, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, the State of Palestine, Philippines, Thailand.
Germany’s National Progress Report on the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda came out in May. During the 14th Federal Congress on National Urban Development Policy, Dr Oliver Weigel, Head of Division for Urban Development Policy at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI), presented the report online to UN-Habitat (more information here).
“It is clear that Germany remains committed to the goal of urban transformation for sustainable development,” said Rafael Tuts, Head of the Global Solutions Division at UN-Habitat. “Germany can continue making an even stronger contribution internationally with its urban development policy and practice. The direct exchange of German cities with their international municipal partners is an important tool in such undertaking.”