This document is addressed primarily to policy makers and stakeholders involved in formulating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating National Urban Policy (NUP) and public and private actors undertaking public space activities. It offers guidance on how national policies for urbanization should address public space and strengthen involvement of different stakeholders in that effort
In 2017, the newly elected Government of Argentina requested support from UN-Habitat to develop a policy to support balanced regional development of its large territory, and foster inclusive development of its cities. With 91 per cent of Argentina urbanized, the project was aimed at harnessing urbanization and enhancing its benefits, working in close collaboration with key national stakeholders.
UN-Habitat defines a National Urban Policy as “a coherent set of decisions derived through a deliberate government-led process of coordinating and rallying various actors for a common vision and goal that will promote more transformative, productive, inclusive and resilient urban development for the long term” (UN-Habitat, 2014a). A National Urban Policy, therefore, can define the strategic objectives, policies and priorities for action needed to promote sustainable urbanization and urban resilience.
The objective of this review is to survey, inform and evaluate national urban policies and strategies developed by national governments in the Asia and Pacific region. The purpose of the review is to assist UN Habitat and other national and international stakeholders involved with urban policy and management in pre-dominantly middle to low income countries.
Given the intensity of the urbanization process and of its challenges in the region, understanding how urban policies have attempted to address them is of particular interest. This report aims to provide an overview and an assessment of the state of national urban policies in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, providing a comparative analysis
of policy processes and mechanisms put in place, highlighting best practices but also obstacles to achieving sustainable urban development.
Mendoza, 11 July 2017 - The first National Urban Forum (NUF) of Argentina, and the first in the Southern Cone after the adoption of the New Urban Agenda at the Habitat III conference in Quito in October 2016, took place at the end of June.
The forum was attended by the Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Dr. Joan Clos, Undersecretary of Habitat and Human Development, Marina Klemensiewicz, Undersecretary of Territorial Planning of Public Investment, Fernando Álvarez de Celis, the Governor of Mendoza, Alfredo Cornejo and the Mayor of the city of Mendoza Rodolfo Suarez, among others.
This Guiding Framework is designed to outline key elements and instruments of the policy process through all the five NUP phases: feasibility, diagnosis, formulation, implementation and monitoring, and evaluation. Each phase is the subject of one part of the Framework. For each phase, the Framework will recommend perspectives and approaches that can be productive in the development of NUP.
South Korea, 13 January 2016 - UN-Habitat and OECD hosted the second Expert Group Meeting of Policy Unit Three, National Urban Policies, during the National Urban Policy Week in Incheon, South Korea. It took place from 15-16th December and brought together 13 participants.