Thematic Sessions

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Thematic Sessions

09:00 - 10:00

Cities Alliance

This thematic session will showcase how national governments can successively establish National Urban Fora and Platforms to mobilise key constituencies and partners for a common National Urban Agenda for Cites. It analyses comparatively cases from Germany, Ghana, Chile and Indonesia, which are complemented by reflections from local government associations. The expected outcome of the session is a deepened understanding among stakeholders of different levels on how to begin or continue with national urban fora and platforms as a key element to foster a better national enabling environment for cities.

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, OECD

This session will discuss the important role that national urban policies can play in improving the fiscal health of local governments serving urban areas. Well managed fiscal governance will assure that urban governments are able to provide their residents with public services and infrastructure that support a high quality of life and promote economic growth. The session will explain the conditions for the operation of fiscally healthy governments and the importance of a well designed system of intergovernmental transfers. It will also analyze a case study on France.


European Commission and OECD

This session will present the voluntary commitment to develop a global, people-based definition of cities and settlements and share the experience of several non-OECD countries with the degree of urbanization. Through county case studies, the panel will promote  a greater awareness of the work on the global definition of cities.


UN Habitat Climate Change Planning Unit

This session intends to discuss the nexus of climate change and national urban policy. The session’s five person panel will discuss how strong integration of climate change can enhance National Urban Policies and provide a modality through which international agreements can be implemented effectively by local actors through national level coordination and support. With “promising practice” examples from approved NUPs, the UN-Habitat publication Addressing Climate Change in National Urban Policy will serve as a driver of conversation and with discussion on how the recommendations in the publication can be implemented in pilot countries.

10:15 - 11:15

Korea Land and Housing Corporation and the International New Town Institute

Information coming soon.



UNECE and UN Habitat

The session will support countries of the CIS region in strengthening national capacities in developing and implementing policies for sustainable housing and urban development against the background of the Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda as well as facilitate intra-regional cooperation and transfer of knowledge through organization of the thematic session. The result of the panel will be the exchange of the practices in the preparation and implementation of the National Action Plans by the countries of the CIS region and increased national capacity in drafting and realization of the policy documents in the field of housing and urban planning.


UN Habitat, World Food Programme (WFP), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)

The session will focus on thematic areas such as spatial planning and rural urbanization, land tenure and governance, food security / nutrition and access to markets. The high level panelists will present strategies on how to develop a new generation of national level development policies that fosters an integrated territorial development approach by strengthening urban-rural linkages.  By presenting existing policies related to the thematic areas named above, the Panelists will emphasize the potential of synergies that can be enhanced by combining strategies and policies that will take the three key elements for structural change into account.


OECD and UN Habitat

Information coming soon.


11:30 - 12:30


Land use (or spatial) planning is necessary for sustainable urban development. National Urban Policies should recognize the importance of land-use planning and empower local governments to ensure efficient land-use management. Across the OECD there are a range of approaches. This session will share experiences and best practices in spatial and land use planning from Israel, France, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality

The New Urban Agenda (NUA) will guide the efforts around urbanization of a wide range of actors as member states, local authorities, international organizations, UN entities and civil society. As the efforts to ensure our cities are sustainable, resilient and inclusive are a long-term endeavor, youth will be critical to the successful implementation of the NUA and its commitments. This session will bring together representatives of national and local authorities, urban youth organizations, UN-Habitat Youth Unit, UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board, Major Group on Youth and Children, Urban Youth Councils, and Universities to discuss the position of youth in the implementation of National Urban Policies.


Global Green Growth Institute

Green growth is a development approach that seeks to deliver economic growth that is both environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. GGGI supports its partner developing countries in their transition to an inclusive urban green growth development model. This session will highlight GGGI’s significant experiences in integrated support for green city development, especially secondary city development, aligned with the GGGI value chain ranging from planning, financing to implementation. Furthermore, it will identify opportunities for collaboration through knowledge sharing and south-south cooperation, towards creating synergy and innovation and define a set of recommendations to strength the integration of green growth in the national and local urban development agenda.

C40 and the World Resource Institute

The session intends to highlight the crucial role of national urban policy and private sector investment in accelerating better urban growth through showcasing some of the initial findings on national urban policy, urban finance, and economics from the Coalition for Urban Transitions. This is a major new international initiative, launched in May 2016, to support national decision makers to unlock the power of cities.  This will highlight emerging findings of work on the returns to real estate and infrastructure investors, the net benefits of new fast moving urban mobility solutions such as e-hailing and car sharing, and new work on the policy and finance levers heads of state, finance Ministers, and urban development & transport Ministers have at their disposal to shape and finance future urban transitions. The Coalition is managed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and C40.