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Latin American Leaders Present Regional Action Plan for New Urban Agenda

LADB Article ID: 80546
Category/Department: Region
Date: 2018-03-09
By: Gregory Scruggs

Fifteen months after the voluntary, landmark UN pact known as the New Urban Agenda was agreed upon in Quito, Ecuador, Latin American leaders are pushing to be the first region in the world to implement it. The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe, CEPAL) presented a plan in February at the World Urban Forum, the world’s largest conference on cities, to outline how the region, which has the highest rate of urbanization on the planet, can plan, manage, and finance better cities. The plan highlights some of the key changes that have taken place in Latin America since Habitat II, the second UN Conference on Human Settlements, held in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1996. Significantly, the region is undergoing a “double urban-demographic transition.” The rate of rural-to-urban migration is slowing down, and the population is ageing. This scenario has created a number of highly populated metropolitan areas, often at the expense of intermediate or secondary cities. “To establish a new, more equitable urban paradigm in Latin America and the Caribbean, a regional action framework is needed to guide and transform cities and sustainable urban development,” CEPAL’s urban management specialist, Ricardo Jordán, told NotiSur at the forum, which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last month.

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