The place of Culture in the New Urban Agenda Habitat III

The New Urban Agenda has finally been agreed on at the Habitat III Informal Intergovernmental Meetings which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 7 to 10 September 2016, and it will be adopted in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016. Consensus on the Habitat III outcome document was reached after months of intense negotiations. The Conference in Quito, 17 to 20 October 2016, will be a global arena for active discussions, the creation of new pathways in response to the challenges of urbanization and opportunities, and sharing integrated urban solutions and forging new partnerships towards the New Urban Agenda.

In this New Urban Agenda, Heads of State and Government, Ministers and High Representatives engage themselves to include culture as a priority component of urban plans and strategies in the adoption of planning instruments, including master plans, zoning guidelines, building codes, coastal management policies, and strategic development policies that safeguard a diverse range of tangible and intangible cultural heritage and landscapes, and will protect them from potential disruptive impacts of urban development.  

They will support as well leveraging cultural heritage for sustainable urban development, and recognize its role in stimulating participation and responsibility, and promote innovative and sustainable use of architectural monuments and sites with the intention of value creation, through respectful restoration and adaptation. They will engage indigenous peoples and local communities in the promotion and dissemination of knowledge of tangible and intangible cultural heritage and protection of traditional expressions and languages, including through the use of new technologies and techniques.

Read the New Urban Agenda

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September 15, 2016
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