Regenerative Urban Development: The New Urban Agenda

In 2016, New Urban Agenda will be negotiated at the UN Conference Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador – the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. This conference takes place every 20 years and offers a platform to formulate the international discourse for harnessing the power and forces behind urbanization.

As a member of the Steering Committee in UN Habitat’s World Urban Campaign, we engage in the run up process of this conference. The goal is to steer the discourse towards regenerative urbanisation as cities must follow a development path on which they help improve the productive capacity of ecosystems and regenerate the resources they absorb. 

Regenerative Urban Development in China

Transforming cities into regenerative systems is a big challenge. This is especially true in China, where most of the world’s biggest cities are faced with severe pollution problems and the issues of urbanisation, sustainable resource use and environmental protection are at the top of the political agenda. The 4th Future of Cities Forum in Munich in 2014 showed that the concept of regenerative cities can be a path-breaking solution for China considering its rapid urbanisation. In June 2015 the WFC Commission on Climate and Energy launched a 5-year programme on Regenerative Urban Development in China with an office in Beijing.