Localising the New Urban Agenda: South Africa Discussion Document

  • Article

Localising the New Urban Agenda: South Africa Discussion Document – Resources

Downloads & Links resources


Based on a shared vision of “cities for all”, the New Urban Agenda (NUA) is a global commitment to sustainable urban development at all levels (global, regional, national, subnational and local), and encourages UN-Habitat and other relevant agencies and roleplayers “to generate evidence-based and practical guidance for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the urban dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals in close collaboration with Member States, local authorities, major groups and other relevant stakeholders, as well as through the mobilization of experts” . (UN-Habitat, 2016: 33)

South Africa, where over 60% of the population already live in urban areas, has had an evolving national policy dialogue on urbanisation . This was clearly recognised in the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 (NPC, 2011) and embodied in the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF), which is South Africa’s urban policy (DCOG, 2016) . The IUDF articulates how South Africa will transform urban areas to overcome both historical and prevailing challenges, while working together to ensure more integrated, sustainable and equitable human settlements, as envisaged in the NDP’s vision .

As South Africa’s national urban policy, the IUDF needs to be contextualised within the NUA, through interpreting and localising the NUA directives . In other words, aligning South African urban policy and practice with the NUA priorities . This report outlines the crafting and realising of a NUA localisation framework for South Africa, through the progressive implementation of the IUDF . An overview of the NUA and IUDF policy context and documents is followed by a description of South Africa’s design approach and the analysis undertaken, culminating in South Africa’s draft localisation framework for the NUA .

Several consultations with urban and human settlements roleplayers laid the groundwork for the development of this framework, in particular discussions that took place during the Human Settlements Summit in Ekurhuleni in August 2017 and the follow-up engagement in Durban during World Cities Day in October 2017.

Related understand entries