The New Urban Agenda: goes beyond SDG11

  • The New Urban Agenda (NUA), the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), focuses on what needs to be done to ensure that cities and human settlements, as vehicles of development, are themselves planned, developed and managed in sustainable ways. 
  • The NUA also addresses a range of actions necessary for making cities effective spatial or locational frameworks for sustainable development. It goes beyond Sustainable Development Goal 11, “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” by detailing strategic actions necessary for ensuring that cities and human settlements, as the location of many development efforts, support and facilitate effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Habitat III is the first major UN conference to be held following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. The NUA will thus be the first internationally agreed document detailing implementation of the urban dimension of the SDGs. It builds on SDG 11, but addresses a wider range of urbanization and human settlements issues.