Sharif highlighted the new and innovative concepts which have emerged around urban development, such as the right-to-the-city and the need for a territorial-approach.
The Habitat III Zero Draft of the New Urban Agenda was applauded for its use of an inclusive and innovative consultation process. It outlines the majority of humanity living in urban areas, which has been estimated to increase to 70% by 2050, and the environmental, social, economic, political and cultural challenges and opportunities which urbanisation presents.
“The battle for sustainable development will be won or lost in cities.”- Habitat III Zero Draft
Improvements suggested for the draft include a stronger anchoring within the New Urban Agenda and links to Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.