Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal

Narrowing the data gap to the achieve the New Urban Agenda

Alexandra Norodom, André Confiado

International Institute for Environment and Development



The New Urban Agenda (NUA) is one of the major global frameworks seeking to inform urban development policies and practice. As the focus shifts to implementing this ambitious agenda, decision makers must pay more attention to the accessibility and inclusivity of tools for monitoring progress and how well they inform decision making at the local level. An IIED/UN Environment Programme (UNEP) review and assessment of city-scale indicator frameworks has revealed significant gaps between the availability and quality of data and the requirements of indicators and tracking tools. But with the right support and resources and through innovative partnerships and creative data methods, cities and their communities can begin to actively engage in implementing the objectives of the NUA for more sustainable, resilient and liveable urban futures.


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