In the context of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in October 2016, the New Urban Agenda (NUA) will be agreed upon. The Cities Alliance Secretariat, members of its management board as well as members and partners of the Joint Work Programme in support of Habitat III met in Brussels on July 15 to elaborate on the content and context of the New Urban Agenda. The workshop helped clarify expectations on the NUA and identify key points of action.
Participants agreed that the New Urban Agenda should formulate an aspirational vision to guide urban sustainable development, and highlight the challenges and opportunities of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in an urban context. Participants moreover emphasized that the NUA needs to create enabling conditions for cities, including strong mechanisms for implementation, monitoring and review.