Background

The Second International Conference on National Urban Policy, co-hosted by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat), is the second in the series of International Conferences on National Urban Policy. The first Conference, entitled National Urban Policy: Towards Smarter and Greener Cities, was held in South Korea in 2015 and co-hosted by UN Habitat, the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements, and the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology. It attracted more than 250 policymakers from more than 25 countries.

The Second International Conference on National Urban Policy entitled National Urban Policies: Implementing the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda, will be the first opportunity following the Habitat III Conference in Quito, and during the ongoing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process, to consider in an international forum the role of National Urban Policy (NUP) in the global urban agenda. The Conference will also be the first official event of the National Urban Policy Programme, a joint initiative of UN Habitat and OECD and Cities Alliance, aimed at working together to support the development and implementation of NUPs globally.

The goals of the conference will be firstly, to evaluate, between the national and city levels, to what extent progress is being made on developing and implementing NUP to support sustainable urbanization through the SDGs, the New Urban Agenda and other global agreements and secondly, to enhance the understanding and capacities of stakeholders to develop and implement National Urban Policy to support the implementation of a global urban agenda. It will be of interest and benefit to a broad base of stakeholders: policy makers, government officials, and non-governmental actors that are working in areas of urban policy.

In order to achieve the above goals, the Conference participants will engage through Regional discussions, bringing together different stakeholders to discuss the importance of NUP in their region, thematic sessions, discussing the importance and impact of NUP in different thematic areas, country experience sessions, capacity development and a French field tour.

The Conference is supported by different entities such as the Government of South Korea, the Government of France and includes partners such as Cities Alliance and Next City.