Local and regional governments on the frontline of implementing the New Urban Agenda

A delegation of local and regional leaders from United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the Global Taskforce attended the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the New Urban Agenda and UN-Habitat, which took place in New York from 4 to 6 September.

The adoption of the New Urban Agenda on 21 October 2016 in Quito established the roadmap for sustainable urban development and the implementation of the 2030 agenda at the local level. At this high-level meeting, local authorities discussed about the effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and the role of UN-Habitat in this implementation.

At the meeting, local and regional governments called on the United Nations to implement the New Urban Agenda, and defended the fundamental role of local and regional governments as allies for the implementation and achievement of large global agendas.

Besides this meeting, the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments met on Monday 4 September, to adopt a joint statement on the report of the “Panel to Asses and Enhance the Effectiveness of UN-Habitat." In its report, the Panel recommends to adopt a multilevel governance approach, calling the UN to acknowledge the role of local and regional governments at the global level. It also proposes the creation of UN-Urban, a new body to mainstream the issue of urbanization across the United Nations system.