Cities Alliance’s new publication on national urban laws in Latin America was the centerpiece of the Foro Continental de Ciudades Intermedias – Latinoamérica hacia la Agenda 2030, held in Cuenca, Ecuador 28 February – 2 March 2018.

An Overview of National Urban Laws in Latin America and the Caribbean: Case Studies from Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador provides a critical mapping of Latin America’s urban legal frameworks, which are the foundation for implementing the New Urban Agenda and the Agenda 2030 in the region’s cities.

It looks at the main elements that need to be considered when constructing a national legal framework from the standpoint of urban reform. It gives examples of how Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador have managed the process of developing national urban laws, including drafting the law, how it was conceived, and the implementation process.

Brazilian urban planning expert Daniel Montandon, who co-authored and coordinated the publication, presented the findings in a keynote address at the forum.

The Foro Continental de Ciudades Intermedias was organised by United Cities and Local Governments and the Municipality of Cuenca, with support from Cities Alliance.

In addition to the keynote address, Cities Alliance participated in a side event with GIZ on sustainable urban development of intermediary cities in the context of national frameworks. The event aimed to identify strategic actions to enable the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and national frameworks at the local level and spur dialogue among development organisations, national governments, and local governments.

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