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New Urban Agenda

The New Urban Agenda is a United Nations declaration adopted by 167 countries during Habitat III, the 2016 United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Ecuador. It is intended to guide the efforts around global urbanization for the next 20-years and lay the groundwork for policies and planning approaches for making cities safe, socially inclusive, sustainable, and resilient. The call for action is global, but planning implementation is fundamentally local, mobilizing planners, municipalities, provincial governments, and local communities for change.



The New Urban Agenda Committee (NUAC), established in 2017, is actively working to communicate the goals of the New Urban Agenda to the CIP membership and stakeholders, including identification of how CIP can successfully support its implementation. The work of NUAC aims to:

  • Focus on the importance and relevance of the commitments of the New Urban Agenda for planners across Canada;
  • educate the CIP membership on the New Urban Agenda, through a range of information and knowledge transfer;
  • support the planning profession in the development of national programs and initiatives related to the New Urban Agenda;
  • work closely with CIP committees to share ideas and resources that link the New Urban Agenda to their objectives and work; and
  • work in partnership with organizations to promote and support the New Urban Agenda.

NUAC Resources

CIP's New Urban Agenda committee has created resources that explain how the Sustainable Development Goals are being implemented nationally and internationally. 


Are you actively trying to implement the New Urban Agenda Sustainable Goals in your community?

We would love to hear from you! Our New Urban Agenda Committee is looking for best practices or lessons learned in implementing the UN's Sustainable Development Goals from the perspective of Canadian planners. Take moment to fill in the form below and share. 

The New Urban Agenda and the Government of Canada

In response to Habitat III, Canada’s National Report (2016) articulates the priorities of the Government of Canada and its strategic directions for the next 20-years. The implementation of The New Urban Agenda advocates a people-centred vision for communities across Canada while addressing some of the most important local and global issues of our time. The emphasis is on:

  • Inclusive and sustainable cities;                                        
  • Access to adequate housing;
  • Sustainable mobility; and
  • Economic prosperity for all citizens.

There is a focus on the role of sustainable community planning as a way to integrate social, economic, environmental, and cultural aspects of community functioning. The Government of Canada also recognizes and encourages the role of planners, and the engagement of all stakeholders–from governments to the private sector, civil society groups to Indigenous nations–to partner together.

The New Urban Agenda: How we got here

Click the graphic to learn more about the New Urban Agenda consultation process.