Regional Partners Forum @Quito+1 Strategies and Priorities to Ensure the Implementation of the NUA in Asia and the Pacific

28 Nov 2017 to 29 Nov 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

Urbanization is a defining megatrend in the Asia-Pacific region, transforming its societies and economies while multiplying environmental challenges. By next year, more people living in the region’s cities than in its rural areas. By 2050, two thirds of the region’s population will live in cities. In 2014, the region had 17 of the world’s 28 megacities (cities with population of 10 million or more). Those, however, accommodate only 1 in 10 urban citizens. Over half of urban residents live in smaller cities of less than 500,000 inhabitants.

The global community has two bold agendas to address urbanization - the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). In this context, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) jointly convene the Regional Partners Forum as a regional contribution to this follow-up and review. The Forum also feeds into the review of SDG11 as part of the 2018 SDG review of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, on the transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.

The Regional Partners Forum aims to identify the first good approaches on the implementation of the NUA and SDG localisation in the region and to jointly promote key strategies and priorities for actions. It shall produce a Partners Guidance document with strategies and priorities to better ensure the full implementation of the NUA in Asia and the Pacific. The outcome will be taken forward for broader consultation at the World Urban Forum 9 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (7-13 Feb 2018) and the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development in Bangkok, Thailand (28-30 Mar 2018). The context-tested guidance will also feed into the first Global Report on the Implementation of the NUA, which is due at the next UN General Assembly session of 2018-19.