Land and the New Urban Agenda

Land underpins all the key aspects of the NEW URBAN AGENDA because it is a key driver for inclusive and sustainable urban development

The New Urban Agenda is about people. People need a place to live in dignity and a place means land; land for housing, working, education, commercial activities, leisure and transport. When finalizing the New Urban Agenda, United Nations Member States should address land as a key focus area and give attention to all types of human settlements: urban, peri-urban and rural, rich and poor. Members States should confirm and build on existing international instruments that promote the following: secure tenure for all, the public control of land use, the generation of landbased revenue to benefit everyone, and responsible land governance. In particular, Member States should embrace and incorporate all commitments related to land made by the Vancouver Action Plan, the Habitat Agenda, the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure and the relevant UN-Habitat Governing Council resolutions.

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