Good urbanisation creates opportunities for countries, allowing them to improve their economic performance, foster social inclusiveness, and encourage environmentally sustainable growth patterns. On the other hand, poorly managed urbanisation generates significant economic, social and environmental challenges. Urbanisation is a complex process, requiring a coordinated policy approach. As such, a National Urban Policy can bring together national sectoral policies which affect urban development and help to clarify roles and responsibilities across ministries as well as between the central and local governments. In doing so, a National Urban Policy facilitates the management of interdependencies across different actors and levels of government, while ensuring policy coherence, creating incentives for more sustainable practices, and providing a basis for the better allocation of resources. The role of National Urban Policy was widely recognised during the Habitat III process. The New Urban Agenda – the outcome document of Habitat III adopted in Quito in October 2016 – identifies National Urban Policy as one of the key tenets for achieving sustainable development and growth. To take this process forward, UN-Habitat’s Action Framework for Implementation of the New Urban Agenda has identified National Urban Policy as the first pillar for this implementation. It is in this context that we are delighted to present Global State of National Urban Policy. This is the first ever report to monitor and evaluate National Urban Policies at the global scale, covering 150 countries across all continents, building on shared methodologies and processes across our two Organisations. It aims to serve as an important tool for policymakers, practitioners and academia by providing valuable insights on cross-cutting issues and country-level experiences.
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