CDIA to Help Asian Cities Align with the New Urban Agenda
October 28, 2016
The New Urban Agenda (NUA) was officially adopted in Quito, Ecuador at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development known as Habitat III held from 17 to 20 October 2016.
CDIA, through its ADB Program Manager Joris van Etten participated in the historic event, which saw the finalization of a document prepared for almost two years through various discussions around the world, some of which have been participated in by CDIA.
The NUA is an action-oriented document that will guide sustainable urban development efforts in the next 20 years. It rethinks the way cities are built, managed, and lived in the midst of unprecedented urban growth. It seeks to mobilize cooperation from committed partners, relevant stakeholders, and urban actors at all levels of government as well as the private sector.
“We consider the New Urban Agenda as an opportunity to leverage the role of cities as drivers of sustainable development. CDIA will invigorate its commitment to build the capacities of Asian cities so they can be able to secure the resources required to invest in their cities in the spirit of the New Urban Agenda,” said Mr. van Etten.
“Specifically, CDIA will reach out to cities to provide support for infrastructure prioritization and programming; and assist them in project preparation studies in order to create better integrated, inclusive and sustainable infrastructure projects,” he added.