Habitat III Secretariat releases policy paper of expert group co-led by LSE Cities

10 March 2016

The Habitat III Secretariat has today published the final policy paper of Policy Unit 4 on Urban Governance, Capacity and Institutional Development, co-led by LSE Cities and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).

In 2015 and early 2016, LSE Cities co-led jointly with UCLG a group of twenty global experts as part of the preparatory process for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), taking place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17–20 October 2016. A draft policy paper framework was produced in December 2015, before the publication of the final policy paper today by the Habitat III Secretariat.

As a co-leading organisation of Policy Unit 4, LSE Cities was responsible for coordinating and presenting the final outcome of the expert group’s deliberations on the challenges, policy priorities and critical issues for the implementation of a renewed political commitment to sustainable urban development: the New Urban Agenda.

Incorporating the feedback of UN member states and accredited stakeholders on the draft policy paper, Policy Unit 4’s final document begins by arguing that a new urban governance must be based on aspirations for the right to the city, sustainable development and territorial equity. Based on these, the paper outlines its key recommendations. These include the creation of strong multi-level governance frameworks, strengthening of decentralisation processes, promotion of integrated national urban and territorial policies, reinforcing metropolitan governance, promoting a new culture of participation and equity, strengthening capacity-building for urban governance, and enabling digital era governance.

Download the full paper here.