The New Urban Agenda represents a shared vision for a future where well-informed and well-planned urbanization can be a powerful tool for sustainable development for both developing and developed countries.

The New Urban Agenda was adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador, on 20 October 2016. It was endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly at the 71st session on 23 December 2016.

Several GEO activities are supporting the New Urban Agenda with tailored Earth observation data and products that inform policy makers about the effects of human presence on our planet.

 “Earth observation data and information are key to understanding the changing trends in human settlements, especially in urban areas, where majority of the world population lives today. ” 


Dennis Mwaniki, Spatial Data Expert, Global Urban Observatory, Data and Statistics Unit, UN-Habitat.