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Habitat III and COP21

Many countries globally, including the UK, are trying to address global challenges like rapid urbanisation and climate change by committing to international agreements like COP21 and the New Urban Agenda. Find all those relevant for the RTPI here.

Planning is crucial to deliver their objectives. See our reports on how planning can help make that happen:

The Planner magazine has published several articles regarding these issues.


Sustainable Development Goals

On 25th September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a set of global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York. These were later adopted by national governments, including the British one, at Habitat III in 2016.












The 17 SDGs aim to end poverty, fight inequality and address climate change by 2030.The hope is that the SDGs will give impulse to a broader sustainability agenda, going further than the former Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) from 2000.

The RTPI has worked to support the the process with an engagement in several events leading up to the adoption of the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs. Find out how via our SDGs resources here.

Habitat III - Quito

The UN conference on Housing and Sustainable Development Habitat III took place in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. Its aim was to set a new global agenda for sustainable urban development over the next 20 years.

About 30,000 people took part in it, of which 10,000 were international delegates from 167 countries.

About 1,000 events took place, including: 8 plenary sessions; 6 high-level roundtable sessions; 4 assemblies; 16 stakeholders roundtables; 10 policy dialogues; 22 special sessions; 3 urban talks, an urban journalism academy; 59 village projects; over 460 side, networking, training and parallel events.

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In that occasion many national governments, among which the UK one, have endorsed the UN Sustainable Development Goals and adopted the New Urban Agenda: a commitment to address the Sustainable Development Goals from an urban perspective. That will help guide the urban development efforts of nations, cities, regions, international development funders, UN programmes and civil society organisations.

The RTPI was active in during the entire conference:

Find out about our involvement in Habitat III via our Habitat III resources here.


Conference of the Parties COP21 - Paris

Between 30th November and 11th December 2015, the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiated a new international agreement on tackling greenhouse gas emissions from 2020. Over 190 countries signed up to this legally binding agreement.

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The so-called Paris Agreement has many implications for the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs.

For the latest information see: