Regional development

2nd International Conference on National Urban Policy

 

NATIONAL URBAN POLICIES: IMPLEMENTING THE SDGS AND THE NEW URBAN AGENDA

The Second International Conference on National Urban Policy was the first opportunity following the Habitat III Conference in Quito to consider in an international forum the role of National Urban Policy (NUP) in the global urban agenda and within the context of the ongoing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process. The conference was jointly hosted by the OECD and UN Habitat.

 

The conference took place on 15-16 May 2017 at OECD Headquarters, Paris, France. It brought together policy makers, local and national government officials, non-governmental actors, as well as experts working in areas of urban policy, or recognise the importance of introducing urban approaches at the national level.

 

CONFERENCE GOALS

    • Evaluate, between national and city levels, to what extent progress is being made on developing and implementing NUP to support sustainable urbanisation through the SDGs, the New Urban Agenda and other global agreements
    • Enhance the understanding and capacities of stakeholders to develop and implement NUP to support the implementation of a global urban agenda

Conference participants engaged through regional discussions among different stakeholders to discuss the importance of NUP in their region through:

    • Thematic sessions, discussing the importance and impact of NUP in different thematic areas
    • Country experience sessions
    • Capacity development
    • A field tour in Paris, hosted by France

NATIONAL URBAN POLICY PROGRAMME: A JOINT INITIATIVE

The conference was one of the main activities of the National Urban Policy Programme (NUPP), a joint initiative of UN Habitat, OECD and Cities Alliance, aimed at working together to support the development and implementation of NUPs globally. The objectives of the programme are to: 

    • Enhance knowledge creation, exchange and management on NUP at all levels of government, civil society, the private sector and other relevant stakeholders
    • Help increase the capacity (human, financial, and institutional) of policy makers at national and subnational levels to develop and progressively implement urban policies, particularly in the form of NUP, by providing a platform for capacity-building activities
    • Provide direct country support for NUP making and participatory processes to ensure involvement of relevant ministries, subnational governments, civil society etc.
    • Monitor the progress of NUP in its role as a part of the monitoring process of the New Urban Agenda/SDGs, through a global review as well as country specific reviews on NUP
    • Provide a networking platform where all levels of government, civil society, the private sector and other relevant stakeholders can engage in the process of developing and implementing NUP
     

OPENING SPEECH
BY OECD SECRETARY-GENERAL

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AGENDA

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NATIONAL URBAN POLICY IN OECD COUNTRIES

 

This report, prepared for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will be launched at the conference. It provides an asssessment of the state and scope of NUPs across 35 OECD countries.

 

NATIONAL URBAN POLICY AT THE OECD

Through over ten years of experience sharing and lessons learned, the OECD Working Party on Urban Policy provides recommendations to assist policymakers in achieving their policy objectives. Read more...

 

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