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In October, 30,000 urbanists converged in Quito, Ecuador, to discuss a shared agenda for the world’s cities. Such a gathering last occurred at the United Nations’ Habitat ll conference in 1996. Since then, 2 billion people have been added to the global population with dizzying results: The world is hotter, with 2015 going down as the warmest on record. It is more unequal, with 75 percent of cities reporting higher levels of income disparities, and our carbon footprint is far larger. The need for a global commitment to sustainable and equitable urbanization has never been clearer.
Next City is covering the critical issues at stake in creating and implementing the “New Urban Agenda,” through reporting, op-eds and video, with grants from the Ford Foundation, Kresge Foundation and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.