Habitat III opens the door to towns and regions!
The final draft of the new Urban Agenda finally opens the door to local and regional governments. The document released on 13 September constitutes an important recognition of the key role subnational governments have played and will play towards sustainable urban development.
- Firstly, there is in the final draft a clear commitment to empower towns and regions through decentralisation reforms in line with the subsidiarity principle, and to improve their involvement in decision-making processes;
- Secondly, it supports the climate action measures implemented at subnational level as key to fighting climate change;
- Thirdly, it recognizes the importance of promoting city to city cooperation and decentralised cooperation as a mean to reinforce the capacities of local and regional governments and exchange best practices;
- Finally, it calls on national and local authorities to jointly develop implementable follow-up and review mechanisms of the new Urban Agenda.