Town Planning Review has opened access to my reflections on the urban planning promise and pitfalls of the United Nations' NEW URBAN AGENDA for a limited time. This article argues that the NUA is a roadmap for planning SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, but requires care in addressing power, capacity building and cross-border influences.

Planners and the new urban agenda: will we lead the agenda, or will the agenda lead us? Bruce Stiftel Town Planning Review (2021), 92, (4), 421–441.

"The United Nation’s New Urban Agenda has created a playbook for planning advocates. It opens possibilities for building inclusive, integrated urban planning in countries where planning has been top-down and limited in scope. Yet it raises concerns about ignoring the power of industry and imposition of global ideas inappropriate to national contexts. Success will require strengthened capacity building for the urban professions, and sensitivity in adapting global best practices to national contexts."

Bruce STIFTEL, FAICP Georgia Tech School of City and Regional Planning
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