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New Urban Agenda

The New Urban Agenda is a United Nations declaration adopted by 167 countries during Habitat III, the 2016 United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Ecuador. It is intended to guide the efforts around global urbanization for the next 20-years and lay the groundwork for policies and planning approaches for making cities safe, socially inclusive, sustainable, and resilient. The call for action is global, but planning implementation is fundamentally local, mobilizing planners, municipalities, provincial governments, and local communities for change.




CIP has created resources that explain how the Sustainable Development Goals are being implemented nationally and internationally. 

The New Urban Agenda and the Government of Canada

In response to Habitat III, Canada’s National Report (2016) articulates the priorities of the Government of Canada and its strategic directions for the next 20-years. The implementation of The New Urban Agenda advocates a people-centred vision for communities across Canada while addressing some of the most important local and global issues of our time. The emphasis is on:

  • Inclusive and sustainable cities;                                        
  • Access to adequate housing;
  • Sustainable mobility; and
  • Economic prosperity for all citizens.

There is a focus on the role of sustainable community planning as a way to integrate social, economic, environmental, and cultural aspects of community functioning. The Government of Canada also recognizes and encourages the role of planners, and the engagement of all stakeholders–from governments to the private sector, civil society groups to Indigenous nations–to partner together.

The New Urban Agenda: How we got here

Click the graphic to learn more about the New Urban Agenda consultation process.