Re-imagining the United Nations’ Response to a Twenty-first-century Urban World

Aromar Revi  | November 2017


Two years ago at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, all 193 member countries of the UN unanimously agreed, at the highest political level, on the importance of sustainable urbanisation as one of the keystones of the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda (United Nations, 2015). Even the UN system, which is better known for its glacial pace of change, is starting to shift from a fragmented twentieth-century orientation to an integrated, multi-level and multi-stakeholder, contemporary response to the global processes of urbanisation.