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The New Urban Agenda. What is its relevance for local and regional governments?

Michael Woodbridge/Monika Zimmermann
November 2016; 4 pages



From 17-20 October 2016, representatives from almost 200 UN member states gathered in Quito on the occasion of Habitat III. They adopted the New Urban Agenda (NUA), a non-binding global framework connecting the dots between urbanization and sustainable development. Even though the NUA falls short of expectations as a clear implementation agenda, Michael Woodbridge and Monika Zimmermann argue that it can be of relevance to local and regional governments. In Global Governance Spotlight 7|2016, they furthermore explain how local actors can contribute to sustainable development irrespective of the further development of NUA.

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