The New Urban Agenda was adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (aka Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador, in October.
The Agenda sets out a shared vision to address issues of hunger and poverty; gender and other inequality; inclusive and sustainable economic growth; human health and well-being; resilience; and, protection of the environment in cities and human settlements.
It also provides a number of principles to underpin effective implementation, stating first that this "will require an enabling policy framework at the national, sub-national, and local levels".
With the New Urban Agenda agreed upon, the next important step will be for governments around the world to decide how to implement the Agenda in their jurisdiction and how they will evaluate their success in doing so.
This century will see a substantial majority of the world’s population living in urban centers. The Habitat III Conference therefore has, as its mission, the adoption of a New Urban Agenda—an action-oriented document which will set global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities through drawing together cooperation with committed partners, relevant stakeholders, and urban actors at all levels of government as well as the private sector.