Politics needs to be part of the global urban agenda

From The Global Urbanist International

National housing and urban development authorities meet in Nairobi this week to set the agenda for UN-HABITAT for the next two years. But what they won’t be talking much about is how the conflicting pressures of domestic politics makes a lot of that agenda impossible to fulfil. How can we put domestic politics back on the table?

With national representatives from around the world meeting at UN-HABITAT’s Nairobi headquarters for its biannual Governing Council this week, it’s a good time to reflect on the global urban agenda.

But what is a global urban agenda? Does the world even have a conscious agenda for its cities? What should it consist of? What should our priorities be? Can we really have a global agenda, given the diversity of cities in the world and the issues they face? Continue reading