Urbanization presents an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate the Arab transformation and capacity to respond to development challenges. The Arab region is the most urbanized and urbanizing region in the world and its urban population will almost double in the next two decades. The imperative of steering and guiding the urban growth process is thus a priority undertaking. The report highlights key trends, policy imperatives and policy priorities for an Arab Urban Agenda in line with the Arab Strategy for Housing and Sustainable Urban Development 2030. This is a timely undertaking at a time when the role of urbanization in sustainable development is widely acknowledged including in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (HABITAT III) further provides a renewed opportunity for Arab efforts to ensure an environmentally sound, socially just and economically inclusive urbanization paradigm.
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