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The New Urban Agenda: key opportunities and challenges for policy and practice

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Federico Caprotti, Robert Cowley, Ayona Datta, Vanesa Castán Broto, Eleanor Gao, Lucien Georgeson, Clare Herrick, Nancy Odendaal, Simon Joss

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Urban Research & Practice
Early online date9 Jan 2017
Accepted/In press9 Jan 2017
E-pub ahead of print9 Jan 2017


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The UN-HABITAT III conference held in Quito in late 2016 enshrined the first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) with an exclusively urban focus. SDG 11, as it became known, aims to make cities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable through a range of metrics, indicators, and evaluation systems. It also became part of a post-Quito ‘New Urban Agenda’ that is still taking shape. This paper raises questions around the potential for reductionism in this new agenda, and argues for the reflexive need to be aware of the types of urban space that are potentially sidelined by the new trends in global urban policy.

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