International Development Planning Review 39.4 Featured Article

Posted on November 08, 2017 by Megan Ainsworth

The editors of International Development Planning Review have selected ‘Reflections on the New Urban Agenda’ by Seth Schindler, Mark Swilling, Blake Robinson, Suneeta Dhar, Christopher Dekki, Aashish Khullar, Hirotake Koike, Sharon Tsoon Ting Lo, Saul Zenteno-Bueno, Martina Otto, Sharon Gil, Darlington Mushongera, Christina Culwick, Caroline W. Kihato & Loren B. Landau, as the Featured Article for the latest issue.

It will be free to access for a limited time. You can access the article here.

When asked to describe the paper, and highlight its importance, Seth Schindler, co-author, stated the following:

The New Urban Agenda was agreed upon by UN member states in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016, and it was endorsed later that year by the UN General Assembly. It is meant to guide urbanization and inform urban planning around the world for the next two decades. The last time UN Habitat coordinated the development of a global urban agenda was 1996, when there was less of a consensus surrounding the scope of the ongoing climate crisis. This time around the ambitious objectives outlined in the New Urban Agenda recognize the urgency with which urbanization must become sustainable and inclusive. Thus, for key stakeholders in cities around the world, the formal endorsement of the New Urban Agenda represents an important beginning in renewed attempts to build sustainable and inclusive cities. For those who participated in crafting the New Urban Agenda, its endorsement by the UN General Assembly represents the culmination of an extensive series of thematic and regional meetings. All of the contributors to this special section participated in the development of the New Urban Agenda in some capacity, and their reflections focus on the process, the final document and its future implementation. They hail from diverse backgrounds and include members of policy making communities, activists and scholars. Some are situated in particular cities while others focus on regional or global urban processes. Taken together the reflections in this section serve to highlight the complexity of the urban challenges that will define coming decades.

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