Delivering a new urban agenda for development

By Michael Igoe 03 May 2016

What can the global development community expect from Habitat III? Devex senior global development reporter Michael Igoe speaks with Frédéric Bontems, director for sustainable development at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.

This year the international community has a number of opportunities to try and get to grips with some of the most powerful demographic forces changing the face of poverty and development and to forge a new urban agenda.

Today, more people live in cities than in rural areas, and the migration of people from towns and villages to cities will only accelerate in the coming years.

In October, world leaders will convene at Habitat III, the first Habitat summit for two decades, to consider how investments in the global built environment can be more responsive and better aligned to the realities of where people live today — and where they will live tomorrow.

Devex spoke with Frédéric Bontems, director for sustainable development at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, to learn about French priorities for Habitat III — and how well he thinks the global development community will align efforts around an increasingly urban future.

What do you want to see on the #NewUrbanAgenda? Over the next six months Habitat for Humanity, Cities Alliance and Devex will join forces to explore the future of our increasingly urbanized world in the run up to Habitat III in October. Spread the word, share your views below or tag @devex and #NewUrbanAgenda.

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Michael Igoe@AlterIgoe

Michael Igoe is a senior correspondent for Devex. Based in Washington, D.C., he covers U.S. foreign aid and emerging trends in international development and humanitarian policy. Michael draws on his experience as both a journalist and international development practitioner in Central Asia to develop stories from an insider's perspective.


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