Quito Side Event: Follow-up and Review of the New Urban Agenda

By |2023-12-19T14:22:55+01:00October 14th 2016|Good Governance|

Time: Monday, 17 October 2016, 3 pm – 4:15 pm

Venue: World Stage of Next City, Exhibition Area B, Stand 30, Asamblea Nacional, Quito

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

An effective follow-up and review process will be essential to support the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA). If based on political dialogues, it can guide decision-making and strengthen the NUA’s political impact, inclusiveness, legitimacy and accountability. Monitoring, reporting and review will ideally create and renew political commitment from member states, and motivate UN agencies and other stakeholders to engage in and contribute to the implementation process.

While key elements of follow-up and review are outlined in the NUA, details will only be discussed and negotiated afterwards. This event aims to contribute to that discussion.

Follow up and review (FUR) of the NUA should feed and inform smartly the established processes for the monitoring of the 2030 Agenda while at the same time observing relevant topics of the NUA that are not covered by the SDGs, especially the enabling conditions for cities. The NUA should encourage national reporting on sustainable urban development and its frameworks. The indicators that are defined in the 2030 Agenda might need to be nationalized and localized, a process that can be supported by the FUR of the NUA. Nevertheless, the local level should not be overburdened by additional reporting.

To ensure that the FUR mechanism of the NUA can live up to these expectations, appropriate processes and platforms for monitoring, reporting (follow up) and policy dialogue (review) need to be defined  for stakeholder engagement and science-policy interfaces, among other. At the same time it needs to be acknowledged that the challenges of urban development vary immensely between regions and countries.

We need to bear in mind that we do not want to report for the sake of reporting but to achieve a meaningful policy dialogue on urban development in order to continuously improve the policy responses to the urban dynamics on local, national and global levels. The review process should be inclusive and participatory, mobilise relevant knowledge and expertise, take place regularly, facilitate peer learning and trigger urban policies, actions and innovations. The process needs rapid learning, by politicians and by urban practitioners and needs the engagement by the citizens.

In the session, roles and responsibilities of the FUR process will be discussed and how it can be made a partnership effort mobilizing relevant knowledge and expertise from the entire UN system and other stakeholders.

Three expected outcomes of the event 

  1. Providing a venue for a wide range of actors to discuss the follow-up and review of the NUA and its importance for the effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
  2. Providing specific recommendations for the follow-up and review process of the New Urban Agenda and how it can feed into the review and follow-up process of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  3. Effective global follow-up and review requires the participation of all relevant actors. This side event will help develop concrete ideas for the mobilization of broad and effective participation in follow-up and review from an early stage.

Moderated by: William Cobbett, Cities Alliance


  • Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk, BMZ
  • Rafael Tuts, UN-Habitat
  • Sirly Castro Tuirán, National Planning Department of Colombia
  • Peter Kurz, Mayor of Mannheim, Germany
  • Leticia Osorio, Ford Foundation Brazil
  • Michael Cohen, New School New York

This event would like to nudge all involved in the monitoring and review process of the NUA.

If you’re in Quito, feel free to join!

Hosted by

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