Building Urban Science to Achieve the New Urban Agenda

Timon McPhearson, Sue Parnell, David Simon, Thomas Elmqvist, Xuemei Bai, Owen Gaffney, Debra Roberts, Aromar Revi | October 2016


The New Urban Agenda, being adopted at Habitat III, requires a coherent and legible global urban scientific community to provide expertise to direct and assess progress on urban sustainability transformations. As we have commented in Nature’s special section on Habitat III, the urban research community is currently institutionally marginalised and poorly prepared to interact effectively with global urban science policy platforms. We have five specific recommendations for the urban scientific community to support the global urban agenda and successfully implement this New Urban Agenda, or NUA, after Habitat III.