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Berlin Recommendations for the Cities of Tomorrow
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The German Habitat Forum took place in Berlin on 1-2 June 2016 and brought together more than 1000 attendees from 74 countries. The results of the deliberations by this wide range of stakeholders are the "Berlin Recommendations for the Cities of Tomorrow”. These recommendations are suggested as inputs for the ongoing negotiations on the New Urban Agenda, to be adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016.

In our vision, cities:

• Will be guarantors of quality of life for all,

• Contribute to achieving prosperity for all,

• Lead in attaining a sustainable and decarbonized world, and

• Strengthen rural-urban linkages and support food security.

The New Urban Agenda is a unique opportunity for member states and local governments to partner in the creation of an action-oriented roadmap to accomplish the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as the Paris Agreement. The implementation of these global agreements requires manifold actions in and by cities.

The added value of the New Urban Agenda is thus to complement these agreements by instigating the corresponding national and local policies and the necessary enabling conditions for cities. The German Habitat Forum has identified the following six priority areas for action:

1. Empower cities as actors to achieve the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement

2. Initiate transformative approaches for sustainable urban development

3. Strengthen the enabling institutional, legal and financial frameworks for cities

4. Create opportunities for engagement and initiate partnerships for implementation

5. Focus the follow-up of the New Urban Agenda on policy dialogue and learning

6. Give more voice to cities in global urban governance.

* Click here to download the Berlin Recommendations for the Cities of Tomorrow.

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