This lecture and panel discussion continued the conversation started at the Habitat lll Policy Unit 4 Dialogue on urban governance. Philipp Rode, Executive Director of LSE Cities, presented an overview of Policy Unit 4 and its relationship to the New Urban Agenda. The panel explored the principal ambition of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) affecting the formal structures and operations of government. Unpacking the NUA’s ambition for decentralisation and the strengthening of regional and local governments, it identified priority actions that national governments may need to take and city-level institutional responses.
In 2015 and early 2016, LSE Cities co-led, jointly with UCLG, Habitat III Policy Unit 4: Urban Governance, Capacity and Institutional Development. A group of twenty global experts was convened as part of the preparatory process for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), which took place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17–20 October 2016. A policy paper was published in March 2016 by the Habitat III Secretariat. The paper is now an official UN General Assembly document and fed into the New Urban Agenda, ratified in Quito in October last year.