The Third International Conference on National Urban Policy

OVERVIEW OF THE CONFERENCE
A National Urban Policy (NUP) is ‘a coherent set of decisions derived through a deliberate government-led process coordinating and rallying various actors for a common vision and goal that will promote more transformative, productive, inclusive and resilient urban development for the long term.
NUP has been recognized internationally as a tool for the implementation and monitoring of global urban agendas including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework. In the NUA, countries commit to developing and implementing NUPs and building integrated national systems of cities and human settlements. NUP has also been recognized as a proxy indicator to measure SDG target 11.a and reported in the UN Secretary Glossy Report since 2016. The past two years has witnessed an increasing number of countries requesting for assistance on their NUPs. According to the 2018 Report on the Global State of NUP, more than 70 countries have developed or are developing their NUPs, underlining a strong political interest and commitment.
The International Conference on NUP (ICNUP) aims to bring together high-level officials, policy-makers, academics and many other urban stakeholders, to discuss how NUPs can contribute to sustainable urban development. The first conference was held in Incheon, Korea in 2015, co-hosted by UN-Habitat, the Korean Research Institute for Human Settlements, the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology, and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. Co-organized by the OECD and UN-Habitat, the second conference took place in Paris, France in May 2017, attracting 350 representatives from 80 countries.
The ICNUP is one of the key activities of the National Urban Policy Programme (NUPP), a joint global initiative of UN-Habitat, the OECD and Cities Alliance. The NUPP works with national and local governments as well as relevant stakeholders to address capacity gap and help them develop and implement appropriate frameworks to manage urban development. NUPP is also engaged in the global monitoring of NUPs, with the biennial publication of the Global State of National Urban Policy Report, the second edition of which will be published in 2020.
CONTEXTS
Accelerating urbanization continues to be a crucial and complex policy issue for many countries, and the increasing interest in NUPs at the national and global level clearly illustrates this global trend. NUPs are also recognised or expected to play a key role in addressing a number of different policy issues. In particular, NUPs can play a key role in addressing the rise of two global trends that may bring not only unprecedented challenges but also opportunities to urban areas. First, climate change is being recognised as bringing devastating impacts to cities, as illustrated in the IPCC Special Report on the impacts of Global Warming of 1.5 ºC. Yet, as the 2018 Global State of NUP report pointed out, climate resilience and environmental sustainability are areas where not enough political attention are given in NUPs around the world. Second, technological innovation is another fast-evolving global trend that presents an enormous potential for cities but also challenges, if not properly addressing the risk of socio-spatial inequalities and divides. Urgent and coordinated policy responses are called for to maximise the benefit of technological innovations for cities.
NUPs have the potential to help countries and cities address these global trends and maximise the opportunities they may bring. In order to do so, NUPs need to develop new and innovative policy approaches, instruments, and partnerships across all levels of governments and all sectors of society.
With this background, the ICNUP3 aims to serve as a platform to discuss how NUPs can use and promote innovative ways to make cities more sustainable, climate-resilient and low-carbon. It also provides all the participants with an opportunity to showcase country-specific case studies, innovative approaches and tools, emerging knowledge on urban policy, and to learn from each other.
The conference follows the fruitful discussion at the 7th OECD roundtable of Mayors and Ministers, which took place in Athens, Greece, on March 19th 2019, where more than 50 leaders gathered to discuss the role of NUPs in addressing global megatrends. The conference will also be the first opportunity following the First UNHabitat Assembly in Nairobi in May 2019 to consider the role of National Urban Policy in the ongoing process of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.
In the new UN-Habitat Strategic Plan 2020-2023 launched during the Assembly, four domains of change were highlighted, namely reduced spatial inequality and poverty in communities across urban-rural continuum, enhanced shared prosperity for cities and regions, strengthened climate action and improved urban environment, and effective urban crisis prevention and response. The focus on climate change is timely as it follows the UN Climate Change Summit in September 2019, and the upcoming revision of Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement in 2020. The focus on innovation is also relevant in the run-up to the 10th World Urban Forum, taking place in Abu Dhabi on February 2020, on the theme of Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation.
OBJECTIVES OF THE 3RD ICNUP Overall objectives • To share recent experiences and good practices in NUP design and implementation and to extract key lessons to inform successful approaches, methodologies and tools across countries. This will be achieved through training event, plenary, regional and thematic sessions.

  • To engage with urban stakeholders to promote NUPs as a key strategy for national socio-economic development and sustainable urbanization for countries in need.
  • To encourage high-level political commitment to advancing NUPs.
  • To discuss the NUPP Workplans 2019-20 amongst global National Urban Policy Programme partners and to discuss ways for more effective partnership among them. Specific objectives • To highlight the relevance and importance of NUPs to enhance climate resilience in cities and to drive low-carbon urban transition.
  • To discuss how NUPs can maximize the opportunities of cities through technological innovations towards sustainable and climate-resilient cities.
  • To discuss among countries and experts how to effectively monitor NUPs at the global scale.
  • To discuss how NUPs can facilitate inclusive urban development, reduce spatial inequality and enhance shared prosperity across the urban-rural continuum.
  • To share and promote innovative tools and methods to engender an economic impetus and orientation in the context of the implementation of UN-Habitat’s Strategic Plan 2020-2023.

Name of Organization: 

  • OECD
  • Cities Alliance

Names and titles of speakers: 

  • Shipra Narang Suri, Coordinator, Urban Planning and Design Branch at UN-Habitat

Estimated number of participants: 200

Activity documents: 

Estimated number of participants: 200

Website: http://urbanpolicyplatform.org/icnup3/

Events Around the World

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Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of

Foro donde los coordinadores de las mesas de Ciudad y Territorio, Espacio Público, Equipamiento Urbano, Movilidad y Vivienda, del Ãrea de Infraestructura del Pl

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Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of

Presentacion de propuestas del Plan PaIs en las Areas de Vivienda, Espacio Publico,

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United States of America

The summit is a discussion around topics such as affordable housing policies, community inclusion and how to transform our lives through innovative urban design.

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Myanmar

World Habitat Day 2019 was celebrated at Hlaing Thar Yar, a township that houses 181 informal settlements out of 423 that Yangon has.

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Lebanon

The Urban Symposium will be held on 31 October 2019 to observe World Cities Day of this year entitled Changing the World: Innovations and a Better Life for Futur

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Ethiopia

Celebration of the Urban October in Ethiopia

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United States of America

Kicking off Archtober activities, the NYC Mayor's Office and Building Energy Exchange held a meeting to discuss the new Local Laws 92 and 94, which require all n

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Guinea Bissau

On October 7, in celebration of the World Habitat Day, the UN-Habitat Office in Guinea-Bissau in partnership with IP9 Institute hosted the “Urban Cinema” event.

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Pakistan

Activity was divided into 5 parts:
1. Discussion about Use of Plastic bags 
2. Role of Children to Make Environment Better

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India

The basic aim of this event is to diminish cultural hatred related issue, and for achieving the solution of this issue we developed a unique & scientific theory which is practical and result or

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Spain

Se llevarán materiales de difusion (principalmente digitales o impresos en material reciclado) para compartir de iniciativas y experiencias mexicanas de interés para la implementación local de l

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United States of America

It may be time for urbanists to call this era of the megadevelopment.

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United States of America

This one of a kind annual conference brings together building industry thought leaders, future architects, and shining stars of the design, real estate, planning and construction industries under o

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United States of America

This unique circumnavigation of the island of Manhattan will explore green infrastructure designed to both restore the health and productivity of the region’s marine ecology and to create resilie

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United States of America

Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF), the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the creative spirit of architecture and design, will launch its 2019/2020 season during Archtober.

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United States of America

This book evaluates the impact of 20 years of urban policies in six Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Mexico.

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United States of America

Symposium on Women and Children/Girls Experiencing Homelessness/Displacement

Name of Organization: UNANIMA International

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United States of America

Affiliated with UN Habitat and the United Nations, the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU) assists in implementing the New Urban Agenda, the UN’s declaration on sustainable cities and U

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United States of America

Current construction practices lead to buildings with short lifespans made from products that contain a range of toxic chemicals, whose toxic afterlives can span millennia, that pollute our homes a

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Spain

WORKSHOP
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS FOR SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES

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Spain

To provide a general overview of the new scenario emerging of urban issues in Spanish city policy making associated with the forthcoming European programming period 2021-2027

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United States of America

Rahul Mehrota will be joined in conversation with Filiep Decorte, followed by a response from guest provocateur Deen Sharp.

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United States of America

Discussion Topics:
ï‚· UN-Habitat Strategic Plan 2020-2023
ï‚· U.S. Government Priorities for Global Urban Policy and UN-Habitat

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United States of America

Across the world cities are trying to tackle the increasing health impacts from air pollution an urban heat island effect.

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Kenya

It is an event that uses hip hop as a curriculum of rhythm to describe spaces that the community would like to live in. Hip Hop Architecture is created by the community for the community.

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United States of America

Take a ride through the living history of the world’s largest rapid transit system (in area) by weaving in and out of the past and present transit hubs of lower Manhattan.

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India

Mr.Rakesh Kumar Lecture of Geography was addressed on Habits of world.Mr. R. Kumar told about how to protect animals and trees to school students..

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Philippines

In line with this year's theme for World Migratory Bird Day (Protect Birds:  Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution), the EAAFP theme for 2019-2020 (Flyways – Connecting People and Migratory Waterb

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India

Fabulous start to 150th Gandhi Jayanti in Delhi this morning doing plastic waste shramdaan with the energetic and inspiring Leaders, Rovers and Rangers of #BSG and WWF-india team !

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Colombia

Hay historias que merecen ser contadas más de una vez, y es por esa razón que queremos invitarlos al re-lanzamiento de este documental donde de la mano de grandes actores en el barrio Moravia rec

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Philippines

Location: Pasig City, Philippines

Date: October 7, 2019

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Costa Rica

This 23rd and 24th of October, the Center for Urban Sustainability and Low Carbon City are pleased to invite you to the fourth Low Carbon City World Forum.

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Cameroon

The Ministry of Housing and Development with the support of UN-Habitat will be celebrating World Habitat Day Week.

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Sweden

Swedish Union of Tenants are inviting to celebration of Habitat Day.
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Nepal

The Swayambhu World Heritage Site sits atop a hill which means that years of improper waste management has weakened the hill’s soil structure and made it susceptible to erosion.

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Kazakhstan

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Mayor’s Office of Nur-Sultan will be organizing the 8th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on 9-12 October 2019, under t

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Spain

World Cities Day will be hosted in conjunction with a science program organised by the City Council of Barcelona, that focuses on educating and promoting scientific innovation and sharing the of kn

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Kenya

Plogging on 12th October in a selected street in Nairobi's CBD. Plogging is a combination of jogging with picking up litter (Swedish: plocka upp).

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Spain

Any person or group may participate in Entreplanos3, since no specialized training in architecture, urban planning or audiovisual is required, and only a 2-minute video recorded with the mobile pho

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Philippines

City: Manila and Angeles City

Type of Activity: Dialogue / Design Exchange

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Mexico

In many countries around the world informal waste pickers are part of the collection and recycling chain of waste.

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Mexico

More than 80% of the world’s economic activities are concentrated in urban areas, making cities, by far the

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Japan

Urban October in Fukuoka started on 1 October with the exhibition at Fukuoka Prefecture Lobby.

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India

WHD celebration with the attendance of Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs.

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Thailand

WHD celebration with the attendance of Deputy Prime Minister on 10 October 2019

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Bangladesh

WHD celebration with the attendance of President of Bangladesh;

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Pakistan

WHD will be celebrated under the leadership of Ministry of Climate Change and Islamabad’s Argentina Park as a model park under Clean and Green Pakistan Movement which will be declared b

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Chile

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Switzerland

Events during the UNECE Sustainable Cities Week 2019 will discuss progress and challenges related to the implementation of recent international agreements such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable De

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China

Urbanization processes shape large areas of the world, while the revitalization of rural regions has been neglected for a long time.

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Kenya

The Bike Train was launched in Nairobi on 22 March 2019. Since then, monthly bike trains were organised towards the United Nations campus in Nairobi.

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Sweden

Uppsala Health Summit is an international arena where delegates participate in solution-oriented dialogues in workshops, inspired by keynote presentations and debates in plenary sessions.

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India

Telengana Regional Chapter of Institute of Town Planners, India is releasing the poster and distribution to governmental and non-governmental organizations across the Nation.

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United Arab Emirates

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the United Arab Emirates Hosts the Third Arab Forum for H

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Kenya

Kenya’s Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development and the C

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Rwanda

Africa’s greatest resource is arguably its nearly 420 million youth. Yet, this tremendous asset is relatively untapped.

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Spain

We propose to do an activity in which to put all the creativity of the children and their families at the service of the rehabilitation and we will use to celebrate two major events: Commemoration

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Botswana

Botswana joins the international community in celebrating World Habitat Day.

Name of Organization: Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing Development

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Spain

The event is oriented to explore the trends of the habitat sector and share our experience to contribute to the progress of the companies and organizations that integrate.

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Canada

Ecocity World Summit is the longest-standing international conference that addresses building cities in balance with nature.

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Switzerland

World Habitat Day on 7 October is a moment to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter.

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Philippines

Trash Talk is an avenue to stir up conversations on waste management issues in the Philippines.

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Russian Federation

The United Nations General Assembly designated every 31st October as World Cities Day (WCD).

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Mexico

World Habitat Day, observed on the first Monday of October each year, supports UN-Habitat’s mission towards transformative change in cities and human settlements – to leave no one and no place behi