Progress on Urban Goals to be Monitored by Governments

During a briefing on an impending high-level meeting to assess progress on urban sustainability, UN Member States appealed for renewed attention to the New Urban Agenda and emphasized its growing relevance. 

The New Urban Agenda was released in 2016 during the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). Governments will examine implementation at the six-year point of the Agenda during a one-day high-level summit, as authorized by the UN General Assembly in December 2020 (resolution 75/224). 

The Assembly requests that the UNGA President hold the meeting in New York in coordination with UN-Habitat in that resolution. It states that discussions should take into account the Secretary-upcoming General’s quadrennial report on the New Urban Agenda’s implementation. 

The UN’s five regional fora on sustainable development are also expected to contribute to the summit. In March 2022, the regional fora are scheduled to take place. 

The date for the high-level conference was determined by UNGA President Abdulla Shahid in October 2021. On the 30th of November, he held an informal briefing to discuss the meeting with delegates. 

Currently, 55 % of the world’s population lives in urban areas, with that number anticipated to increase to 70% by 2050. A resilient vision for cities must include strengthening urban institutions to meet problems, and the New Urban Agenda provides a blueprint to more sustainable, resilient communities. 

UN-Habitat is preparing the Secretary-quadrennial General’s report in collaboration with the Member States, UN institutions, and diverse constituencies. In January 2022, a preliminary version will be released, followed by translated versions in February 2022. 

Stakeholders will be invited to organize events throughout the week of the high-level conference, and The high-level summit should create a political outcome emphasizing that the New Urban Agenda offers countries a chance to expedite the attainment of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. 

Several government delegations then offered proposals for the high-level meeting’s format, themes, and outcome. The 11th World Urban Forum, which will be held in Katowice, Poland in June 2022, the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) session in New York, USA in July 2022, and the World Cities Summit in Singapore in July/August 2022, are all expected to benefit from the outcome.