Public governance

OECD, Habitat III and a New Urban Agenda


UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development 
17–20 October 2016 - Quito, Ecuador

This global summit reflected on urban development trends over the past 20 years and how these patterns are impacting on human development, well-being, and public governance systems worldwide.

The OECD has worked hand-in-hand with UN Habitat on National Urban Policies in preparation for this conference. Much of our work has been focused on getting meaningful data, and untangling the complex governance challenges that cities present. 

This page highlights these challenges and offers guidance on how they may be overcome.




Click on the topics below to discover the policy areas that work towards the New Urban Agenda.


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See below for a list of OECD events at Habitat III. Discussions and comments were tagged #OECDh3.


13:00 - 14:30 Side event: Integrating Sustainable Food System in the Urban Development - UN Pavilion  
14:00 - 15:00 Introducing National Urban Policies -  Nextcity World Stage  
15:00 - 18:00 Expert Group Meeting: Achieving Sustainable New Town Development in Developing Countries  


09:00 - 09:45 Launching UNCRD journal, Regional Development Dialogue, Urban-Rural Linkages (PPT)  
12:30 - 13:30 Side Event: Getting to Inclusive Growth in Cities  
12:30 - 13:30 Equitable Economic Growth in Cities, Cities Alliance  
13:30 - 14:30 Launching the National Urban Policy Programme (at Urban Stage)  
13:30 - 15:30 Special  Session on Urban Infrastructure and Basic Services  
13:30 - 15:30 Municipal Finance, UN Habitat  
14:00 - 16:00 Networking Event: Enhancing National and Regional Urban Policy and Planning Frameworks for Sustainable, Inclusive and Resilient Human Settlements  
15:00 - 18:00 High-Level Roundtable 1 – Leave no one behind  
16:00 - 17:30 Implementing the New Urban Agenda through National Urban Policy: Global Perspectives and Launch of a Regional Programme for Arab States  
16:00 - 16:45 National Urban Policies: Global Perspectives - UN Pavilion  
16:30 - 18:30 Networking Event: Financing the new Urban Agenda: Towards a global observatory on local finances  
17:30 - 19:00 Harnessing the Potential of Urbanisation in LDCs, UN - OHRLLS  


08:00 - 08:45

Urban Future Event: Integrating water in city planning for sustainable development, resilience and increased liveability

08:00 - 09:00

Side Event: Using data to build better communities, cities and regions

08:00 - 09:00

Financing the New Urban Agenda: Multi-level Metropolitan Finance for 21st Century Cities - OECD, Brookings Institution, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, UCLG

09:00 - 09:45

Publication Launch: "Addressing Climate Change in National Urban Policy" - Urban Library

11:00 - 12:00

Side event: The Challenge of Human Capital in Local Governments. Time to Act Is Now for the New Urban Agenda - United Cities And Local Governments Of Africa (UCLG-A)

14:00 - 16:00

Networking Event: Localizing the SDGs: How Cities Can Help Achieve the 2030 Agenda

14:30 - 16:00

Side Event: Optimizing Investment for Food Security and Nutrition in the New Urban Agenda

15:00 - 18:00

Dialogue: National Urban Policies



10:00 - 11:00

Urban Stage: EU In Action – The EU Contribution To Quito Implementation Plan 

11:00 - 12:00

Side Event: Empower local governments as development actors: subsidiarity and decentralisation reforms to foster national-local partnerships

12:30 - 13:30 Side Event: Promoting low-carbon urban green growth in Asia and the Pacific  
13:00 - 13:45 Urban Future Event: Investing together: working effectively across levels of government to implement the New Urban Agenda  
14:00 - 16:00 Networking Event: Transition towards Sustainable Delta Cities  
16:30 - 18:30  Networking Event: National Urban Policies: How to Monitor and Evaluate the Progress  
16:30 - 18:30 Networking Event: Behind the Scenes: Initiating National Urban Policy  
16:30 - 18:30 Networking event: Strengthening urban-rural linkages through Integrated Territorial Development  
16:30 - 18:30 Networking Event: Linking Cities to Finance: Strengthening Local Capacities to Invest in the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda  


09:30 - 10:30 Side event: Achieving Sustainable New Town Development in Developing Countries  
14:00 - 16:00 Networking Event: Quality Infrastructure for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development in Cities  
14:00 - 16:00 Networking Event: Financing Infrastructure in Metropolitan Areas of Latin America  
17:00 - 17:45

Decentralisation and Subsidiarity: Empowerment of local governments as development actors through multi-level partnerships (event at German Pavilion)