UNDP launches online platform to better address urban poor issues for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

Jul 25, 2016

New York —As a recognition of the growing importance of urban development issues, UNDP today launched an online platform, coinciding with the Third Preparatory Committee for Habitat 3 taking place in Surabaya, Indonesia (July 25-27). The conference is due to finalize the draft New Urban Agenda (NUA) before its adoption at the Habitat 3 Conference in Quito, Ecuador in October.

The UNDP4Urban online platform hosts innovative urban projects and is open to the public to share their views and experiences, to co-design solutions to recurrent challenges, related to urban issues in their respective cities. While the platform serves as the repository of global urban development policies and experiences from countries around the world, anyone from the public is welcome to start a discussion or open a dialogue on the ‘what areas’ and the ‘how’, in order to ensure effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in cities. The platform will serve as a key tool to better understand and address the needs of the urban poor— a critical prerequisite for sustainable development.

“UNDP already has a significant global urban footprint with a presence in virtually every capital of the developing world and a vast portfolio on urban projects. Together with UN Habitat, other UN Agencies and national partners, we intend to continue deploying our knowledge, experience and technical expertise to where it is needed the most. The online platform will serve as an engagement forum of urban networks and coalitions for the public, the private sector and urban development experts, to share insights and information on various development issues,” stated Magdy Martínez-Solimán, UN Assistant Secretary General and Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support.

UNDP recognizes that many of the other 16 SDGs outlined in Agenda 2030 can only be achieved with actions taken by local actors on climate change, sustainable consumption and production, decent work and economic growth, and by reduction of inequalities. UNDP’s expertise in areas such as the environment, local governance and inclusion, disaster risk reduction and resilience, social protection, and jobs and livelihoods are geared towards helping national governments to make cities more sustainable, inclusive and resilient.

UNDP’s support to countries in achieving sustainable, inclusive and resilient urbanization is a key part of the 2030 Agenda, the New Urban Agenda and Paris Agreement on Climate Change, among others.

Contact information

Sangita Khadka, Communications Specialist, UNDP Bureau for Policy and Programme Support email: sangita.khadka@undp.org Tel: +1 212 906 5043

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