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The New Urban Agenda launched

Is it relevant to a typical English town?

The New Urban Agenda launched

A conversation about the New Urban Agenda launched by UN Habitat III just a few weeks ago and what it could mean for the Local Plan of a city like Chelmsford in the UK.

Seven things Smart Planning can do for all of us

An Introduction – learning from good coffee choices in the office

Seven things Smart Planning can do for all of us

This post is intended as the Introduction to a series of 7 reflections about why we need Smart Planning for more liveable and prosperous cities. Understood: Smart Planning is not the only thing we need – but it can help… and without it we are considerably worse off, especially in those growing and powerful cities like London or Milan or New York which already have the ‘basics right’.

 

A New Urban Agenda for UK Cities

Learning from the debates of UN Habitat 3

A New Urban Agenda for UK Cities

Cities are critical for our future: ‘The battle for sustainability will be won or lost in cities’ (Joan Clos, Director of UN Habitat III)

 

UN Habitat III is the most important debate on cities for 20 years and 2016 will see the creation of a new intergovernmental agreement on what we need to do for our cities. The New Urban Agenda is due next October, emerging from UN Habitat III global congress. The initiative is nested in the COP21 about sustainable development signed in Paris in December 2015. The purpose of the whole thing is to agree the basis (and targets) for ‘livable cities'.