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National Urban Policy in OECD Countries

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Cities are crucial for national economic, social and environmental performance. A national urban policy (NUP) has been recognised by the international community as an important instrument for harnessing urbanisation to achieve national and global goals. This report, prepared for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), provides an assessment of the state and scope of NUPs across 35 OECD countries. It also describes how urban policy, and its place in national political agendas, is evolving.

This publication has been prepared for the Habitat III conference and builds on existing United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) methodology. It is inspired by the joint work of UN-Habitat and the OECD following their co-leadership of Policy Unit 3 on National Urban Policies during the preparations for the New Urban Agenda. The findings of this report will contribute to the global monitoring process of National Urban Policy, as will the Global Report on National Urban Policy, jointly produced by UN Habitat and the OECD.

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An introduction to national urban policy

This chapter provides an overview of national urban development across OECD countries. It begins by explaining the methodology used to assess the national urban policy (NUP) development in those countries. It clarifies, among other things, the definition, classification and stages of an NUP. It then depicts the major findings from the data collected across countries and summarises the state of NUP in OECD countries.

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