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Urban Development with a Global Perspective

What does the “New Urban Agenda” and what does the Paris Agreement require? What do the "Sustainable Development Goals" stand for? The most important global agreements, development goals and networks for sustainable urban development at a glance.

The New Urban Agenda

The New Urban Agenda is the global roadmap for sustainable urban development and a toolbox for modern cities. It was created as a result of the UN conference “Habitat III”, which took place in the Ecuadorian capital Quito in October 2016 and dealt with the topics of housing and sustainable urban development. Against the background of increasing degrees of urbanisation worldwide and the associated challenges and opportunities, the New Urban Agenda places clear demands on a modern city. In this way it particularly serves actors at the municipal level as a guideline and source of inspiration for integrated and sustainable urban development. In addition, the New Urban Agenda is an important building block for the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
More on the New Urban Agenda
PDF-Download New Urban Agenda (in German)
PDF-Download New Urban Agenda (in English)

Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development

The big global challenges can only be solved together. At the international level, a global plan to promote sustainable peace and prosperity and the protection of our planet was adopted by all member states of the United Nations in September 2015 in the so-called “Agenda 2030”. The centrepiece of the Agenda 2030 are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which for the first time take all three dimensions of sustainability equally into account: social, environmental and economic.
Since 2016, the member states of the United Nations have been working to translate this common vision into national politics. The German government has launched the German Sustainability Strategy, which is regularly evaluated and updated. It serves as a guideline for a future-oriented policy and thus forms the basis for an economically, ecologically and socially sustainable development for all generations.
Sustainability Goals of the Federal Government

Paris Agreement

Climate change poses enormous challenges for the entire world population. In the cities, these are clearly visible against the background of urbanisation. An important milestone in protecting the climate was reached in December 2015 when 195 countries agreed for the first time on a general legally binding global climate protection agreement at the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21). This is a global action plan with the goal of limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius in order to counteract climate change and its negative consequences. Local actors and stakeholders can also make an important contribution to achieving this goal: through regional cooperation and increased resilience, especially through efforts to reduce emissions.