Capacity building is the backbone of the New Urban Agenda and the key for implementation of its transformative elements and turn cities into vibrant, sustainable, inclusive, safe and resilient cities in the 21st century.

The debate on the new urban agenda has centered on its various dimensions such as urban planning, design, finance, infrastructure, management and legal instruments and has to a certain degree overlooked the role of knowledge, skills and know-how and the needed institutional and individual capacity to carry on the transformative propositions.

Without strong institutions and capable human capital, cities will fall short in adopting and implementing the New Urban Agenda in its territory.

We have asked experts, scholars, practitioners and urban managers what they think about the role of knowledge and capacity building for sustainable urbanization and have initiated an online debate about this.

We are inviting you to bring forward your views and opinions on this subject and actively participate in this debate. We wish to bring this forward to the Habitat III secretariat as a contribution to the Quito deliberations.



Position Paper – Capacity Building and Knowledge form the foundation of the New Urban Agenda1 

(download the full document here):

1. Capacity building in the international agendas
2. The Meaning and Scope of Capacity Building for Sustainable Cities

3. Urban challenges in a nutshell: the piecemeal of building capacities and competencies

4. Capacity Building Propositions for Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda

5. References


Please note: you need to log in to your Facebook account to join the discussion. You will be prompted to do so as you try to comment in the below field.

Menu Title