What’s new in the final draft New Urban Agenda?

Citiscope offers five immediate takeaways following this week’s release of the Habitat III vision document.

Can diplomats negotiating the New Urban Agenda deliver success this week?

“What is pending?” asked Habitat III’s secretary general. “Issues related to monitoring, evaluation, follow-up and financing will be agreed on [through] further discussion here in Surabaya.”

Turning Kibera’s mud huts into apartment towers

An upgrading program in a Nairobi’s Kibera slum has taken more than a decade, but is helping change the conversation about how to handle informal urban neighborhoods in African cities.

SDGs may make specific reference to Habitat III

Language around next year’s cities conference is under discussion during the final week of negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals text.