Metropolitan areas are a hub of economic, social, political and cultural activity, attracting people for the vast opportunities that they offer. Metropolitan areas face a multitude of challenges, such as poverty, spatial inequality, inadequate or unequal provision of services, a lack of adequate and affordable housing, and environmental degradation. The fact that metropolitan regions are the often the most populous, spatially spread and economically powerful regions in a country, means that they create heavier political and economic footprints. Sustainable urban solutions for metropolitan areas need to be developed across administrative boundaries in a territorial manner, including in urban, peri-urban and rural areas.

Metropolitan challenges can only be addressed through multi-sectoral approaches and with the support of all relevant actors. UN-Habitat’s MetroHUB initiative strongly promotes inclusive and integrated strategies that foster collaboration between different sectors and level of government and includes relevant local stakeholders from civil society, public sector, and academia. UN-Habitat and partners, within the MetroHUB initiative, provide a vital pool of resources, tools, and expertise for developing institutional and human capacity, directly contributing to our objective of leaving no one and no place behind

This regulation of the National Law of Metropolitan Areas that we designed with UN-Habitat, seeks to define incentives for the creation of new Metropolitan Areas in the country, with the purpose of strengthening associativity and territorial development, decentralization, the closing of social-economic gaps and metropolitan functional relationships.

Eugenio Prieto Sot,Director of the Metropolitan Area of Medellin and President of the Colombian Association of Metropolitan Areas

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metropolitan areas of Colombia with institutional capacities strengthened
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Strategic plans adopted as metropolitan laws.
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publications on metropolitan development widely broadcasted at national level.

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Donors and partners

  • Technical exchanges of methodologies and tools for territorial management and planning at the metropolitan and supra-municipal scales supported by MetroHUB.
  • EGMs organized by MetroHUB on Metropolitan Governance with the participation of international experts from academic, public, private and civil society sectors.

The establishment of national knowledge and advocacy networks on territorial, metropolitan and regional issues

Our Experts

Remy Sietchiping
Regional and Metropolitan Planning Unit
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