The New Urban Agenda, adopted at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador, on 20 October 2016, presents a paradigm shift based on the science of cities and lays out standards and principles for the planning, construction, development, management and improvement of urban areas. The New Urban Agenda is intended as a resource for different actors in multiple levels of government and for civil society organizations, the private sector and all who reside in urban spaces of the world. The New Urban Agenda highlights linkages between sustainable urbanization and job creation, livelihood opportunities and improved quality of life, and it insists on incorporation of all these sectors in every urban development or renewal policy and strategy.
The New Urban Agenda Illustrated handbook serves as the base for the New Urban Agenda online crash course. The self-paced course is available for free and accessible at any time. The course further breaks down the contents of the New Urban Agenda in an interactive and engaging format. An official UN-Habitat certificate is awarded on completion of the course. Access the course here.