Framing the future of cities for decades to come

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In October 2016, leaders from around the world will gather at Habitat III, a major global summit in Quito, Ecuador, to adopt a New Urban Agenda. This agenda will build on the success of the Global Goals and serve as a guide for nation states, city and regional leaders, international development funders, United Nations programs and civil society in developing their policies and approaches around urbanization for the next 20 years. In the lead up to Habitat III, Devex, Habitat for Humanity through its Solid Ground Campaign, and Cities Alliance with its Joint Work Program, will host #NewUrbanAgenda, a six month long conversation to amplify this agenda.

Recognizing that we are at a crucial moment for cities and their residents, we will investigate a range of issues such as strengthening the role of local government, improving land rights, fighting for gender equality, upgrading slums and creating disaster-resilient communities. Stay tuned for thought-provoking articles and analysis from Devex reporters and correspondents, guest commentary, exclusive video interviews, and an engaging online event to amplify this global issue.​

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new houses are needed by 2020 to accommodate 50 million new urban dwellers per year


of total global energy generated is consumed in cities

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Urban dwellers in the developing world live in slum like conditions

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