Urbanization

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Urbanization is one of the most important global trends of the 21st century. It is a transformative force that can be harnessed to enhance economic growth, productivity and development. However, today’s most common urbanization patterns are often not environmentally, socially, politically and economically sustainable.  The international community is gathering in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016 for the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) to renew its global commitment to sustainable urbanization and a “New Urban Agenda.”

Urbanization is one of the most important global trends of the 21st century. It is a transformative force that can be harnessed to enhance economic growth, productivity and development. However, today’s most common urbanization patterns are often not environmentally, socially, politically and economically sustainable.  The international community is gathering in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016 for the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) to renew its global commitment to sustainable urbanization and a “New Urban Agenda.”

As an input to the conference, CEB, in April 2016, adopted a Statement in with the Board’s members committed to promoting and supporting policies for achieving sustainable and equitable urban development in order to strengthen the contribution of urbanization to economic growth and employment creation, and pledged their collective support to Member States in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.  CEB also endorsed a policy paper on “Urbanization and Sustainable Development: A UN System Input to A New Urban Agenda” as substantive input to Habitat III.  The paper outlines ten guiding principles on how urbanization could contribute to sustainable development, and ten levers of change by which the UN system could turn the principles into action.  As such, the paper proposes a vision for sustainable urbanization and concrete steps for its implementation.

The paper is the outcome of a two-year inter-agency consultation process, undertaken within the context of HLCP and under the leadership of UN-Habitat, and represents the current, joint thinking of the UN system on the issue of sustainable urbanization.  The paper is accompanied by an annex which includes detailed information on individual and collective initiatives on the topic.

Documents

CEB Joint Statement to the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) (27 April 2016)

In this statement to Habitat III, CEB committed to promoting and supporting policies for achieving sustainable and equitable urban development in order to strengthen the contribution of urbanization to economic growth and employment creation, and pledged their collective support to Member States in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

The following decisions are extracted from official reports.

Action on Urbanization and Sustainable Development, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 08/03/2016
Action on Sustainable Development, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 08/03/2016
Action on a new UN Urban Agenda, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 10/12/2014
Action on Post-2015 Development Agenda, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 09/12/2014
Action on a new UN Urban Agenda, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 18/03/2014

The following decisions are extracted from official reports.

Action on Urbanization and Sustainable Development, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 08/03/2016
Action on Sustainable Development, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 08/03/2016
Action on a new UN Urban Agenda, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 10/12/2014
Action on Post-2015 Development Agenda, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 09/12/2014
Action on a new UN Urban Agenda, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Decision posted: 18/03/2014

The CEB and its subsidiary mechanisms meet and report on a bi-annual basis.

Report of 31st session (March 2016, Geneva) (CEB/2016/4), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 08/06/2016
First Regular Session Report (May 2014, Rome) (CEB/2014/1), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Session report posted: 18/08/2014
Report of 10th Session (March 1997, Geneva) (ACC/1997/7), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 11/02/2013
Report of 29th Session (March 2015, Paris) (CEB/2015/4), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 21/04/2015
Second Regular Session Report (November 2014, Washington D.C.) (CEB/2014/2), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Session report posted: 27/01/2015

Pages

The CEB and its subsidiary mechanisms meet and report on a bi-annual basis.

First Regular Session Report (May 2014, Rome) (CEB/2014/1), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Session report posted: 18/08/2014
Second Regular Session Report (November 2014, Washington D.C.) (CEB/2014/2), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Session report posted: 27/01/2015
First Regular Session Report (April 2015, Paris), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Session report posted: 24/08/2015

The CEB and its subsidiary mechanisms meet and report on a bi-annual basis.

Report of 31st session (March 2016, Geneva) (CEB/2016/4), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 08/06/2016
Report of 10th Session (March 1997, Geneva) (ACC/1997/7), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 11/02/2013
Report of 29th Session (March 2015, Paris) (CEB/2015/4), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 21/04/2015
Report of 28th Session (October 2014, New York) (CEB/2014/6), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 09/12/2014
Report of 30th Session (October 2015, New York) (CEB/2015/6), High-Level Committee on Programmes - Session report posted: 03/03/2016

Pages

United Nations Human Settlements Programme, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Excerpt posted: 24/09/2013
How the UN System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Excerpt posted: 12/12/2014
How the UN System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change (Spanish version), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Excerpt posted: 12/12/2014
How the UN System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change (Spanish version), Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Excerpt posted: 01/12/2014
How the UN System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Excerpt posted: 23/09/2014
Urbanization and Sustainable Development: A United Nations System Input to a New Urban Agenda, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Statements posted: 16/09/2016
Cities and Climate Change, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Flyers posted: 13/02/2013
Box 2.8: Addressing the urbanization of poverty, Chief Executives Board for Coordination - posted: 02/02/2013
Contributing to a "New Urban Agenda", Chief Executives Board for Coordination - posted: 02/06/2015
Urbanization, High-Level Committee on Programmes - posted: 16/09/2016
Cities and Climate Change, High-Level Committee on Programmes - Flyers posted: 13/02/2013

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