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Local and regional governments celebrate the one-year anniversary of the New Urban Agenda

16 October 2017

16 October 2017 marks the first anniversary of the Second Assembly of Local and Regional Governments held on the eve of Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador. The Assembly saw local and regional leaders from around the world commit to playing their part in achieving the agenda in our cities and territories.

This article was initially published on UCLG website.

The New Urban Agenda was adopted at the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador, one year ago. Today, UCLG together with the local and regional government networks of the Global Taskforce [to which PLATFORMA belongs] reaffirms its commitment to the New Urban Agenda and reiterate our call for urbanization to be seen as a development opportunity, rather than a challenge.

[Read: Statement of 2nd World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments to Habitat III]

Local and regional governments also take this opportunity to recall the recommendations of the Independent Panel to Assess, Enhance Effectiveness of UN-Habitat after the Adoption of the New Urban Agenda an integrated territorial approach to urbanization to bridge the artificial urban-rural divide, and for a clear, transparent roadmap to complete the third phase of the follow-up and review process as defined in paragraph 173 of the New Urban Agenda.

[Read:Report of the High Level Independent Panel to Assess and Enhance Effectiveness of UN-Habitat]

UCLG and Global Taskforce networks call for a people-centred agenda and for revitalized local partnerships to drive global development over the coming decades. Such partnerships should serve to harness the New Urban Agenda to localize the Paris Climate Agreement, the SDGs, and the Sendai Framework and thereby guarantee the achievement of our shared global goals.