The City We Need 2.0: Towards a new urban paradigm

The World Urban Campaign (WUC) was developed after the Habitat II Conference (Istanbul, 1996). The Campaign has been a series of efforts designed to foster partnerships between governments and civil society organizations, local authorities, the private sector, the research community, trade unions, parliamentarians, professional organizations, youth and women groups. Their purpose is to help achieve sustainable urban development. The WUC is part of UN-Habitat's work program. It is governed by a steering committee, composed of UN-Habitat partner organizations, and acts as an advisory body to UN-Habitat's Executive Director and its Secretariat is coordinated by UN-Habitat.

As the WUC partners declared in their 2012 Manifesto for Cities, “The battle for a more sustainable future will be won or lost in cities.” As further described by the World Urban Campaign —“How we plan, build, and manage our cities now will determine the outcome of our efforts to achieve a sustainable and harmonious development tomorrow.” 

 In an effort to continue to move this agenda in advance of the Habitat III in Quito[1] , they have developed a series of principles that establishes essential paths for building a New Urban Agenda in advance of the Conference and forms the basis for the policy document: The City We Need 2.0.  


One of these elements are 10 principles for a New Urban Paradigm:


1.     Socially inclusive and engaging

2.     Affordable, accessible and inclusive

3.     Economically vibrant and inclusive

4.     Collectively managed and democratically governed

5.     Fosters cohesive territorial development

6.     Regenerative and resilient

7.     Shared identities and sense of place

8.     Well planned, walkable and transit friendly

9.     Safe, healthy, promotes well being

10. Learns and innovates

How many of these principles are recognizable in work developed in the Portland Metro region?  All of them? Some of them?  Local planners can work to bring these principles to local documents. If you are interested in learning more or reading the entire document, you can find it here

[1] Habitat III” is the major global summit, previously known as the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. It will be held in Quito, Ecuador, on 17-20 October 2016.