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Reporting on the Progress of the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda

By on May 11, 2018

The adoption of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the Sustainable Development Goals, which includes the goal on cities (Goal 11) of the SDG 11: to make cities and human settlements safe, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable, firmly places urbanization at the forefront of international development policy and sustainable development.

The New Urban Agenda reaffirms our global commitment to sustainable urban development as a critical step for realizing sustainable development in an integrated and coordinated manner at the global, regional, national, subnational and local levels, with the participation of all relevant actors-

As part of the Follow-Up and Review of this Agenda, the outcome document of Quito invites the “General Assembly to request the Secretary-General, with voluntary inputs from countries and relevant regional and international organizations, to report on the progress of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda every four years”, with the first report to be submitted to the General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council in 2018.

The New Urban Agenda further indicates that this report will provide a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the progress made in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and internationally agreed goals and targets relevant to sustainable urbanization and human settlements. The analysis will be based on the inputs provided by national, subnational and local governments.

Moreover, the outcome document of Habitat III further states that “the preparation of this report will be coordinated by UN-Habitat in close collaboration with other relevant entities of the United Nations system, ensuring an inclusive United Nations system-wide coordination process”.

Preparation of the Quadrennial Report

The first Quadrennial Report was prepared in 2018, expected that similar reports will follow for the years 2022, 2026, 2030 and 2034.

The first Quadrennial Report ensures coherence at the national, regional and global levels. Taking into consideration that the follow-up and review of the New Urban Agenda is voluntary, country-led, inclusive, multilevel, participatory and transparent, the preparation of this report is designed in a way that inputs from Member States, different levels of government, and diverse stakeholders are all integrated. Mechanisms to capture this information are to be designed.

The Quadrennial Report tracks progress, assesses impact, ensures the Agenda’s effective and timely implementation, and creates and reinforces partnerships while fostering exchanges of urban solutions and mutual learning. It integrates quantitative and qualitative data and information, while incorporating contributions from the United Nations system and regional and subregional organizations.

Expert Group Meeting in Granada, Spain for the Preparation of the Report

Under the auspice of AACID (Andalusian Agency of International Cooperation for Development), UN-Habitat organized the first Expert Group Meeting (EGM) in Granada, Spain from March 20th-23rd of 2018. This EGM adopted a “Writers’ Workshop” methodology to advance in a collective manner in the preparation of this Report.

Throughout this EGM, write-shops were held, comprising over 40 participants by thematic areas and/or chapters of the proposed structure of the report. The contributing Experts were from different regions, disciplines, levels of government, private sector, civil society and academia as well as representatives from the United Nations system. They provided inputs for an initial summary of the steps taken towards the implementation of the NUA, highlight key areas where progress needs to be accelerated and what bottlenecks are currently in place, in addition to examining roles of the various stakeholders.

UN-Habitat guided and moderated the EGM, with support from a professional editor and moderator who assisted in the preparation of the first draft, and during the EGM, consolidated inputs and ideas in view of the preparation of the final report.

The Supplement Document of the Quadrennial Report and Supplementary Material

The Supplement Document of the Quadrennial Report presents the strategy, roadmap and approach for the preparation of subsequent reports. It is more of a system based approach that integrates some quantitative and qualitative information, as an example of how these best practices and policies will be used in the future.

This Supplement Document includes all inputs from meeting participants present at the EGM in Granada, as well as inputs from 30+ United Nations agencies, NGO’s, private sector, academia, and research organizations and individuals who provided inputs remotely.

Furthermore, UN-Habitat is the process of creating Supplementary Material using the structure of the Quadrennial Report, for the sake of continuity towards an inclusive reporting and monitoring system of the New Urban Agenda.

Supplement Document Working Draft of Quadrennial Report