What this mayor hopes to see in the New Urban Agenda

By Catherine Cheney 14 October 2016

Clara Doe Mvogo, the mayor of Monrovia, Liberia, talks with Devex about the importance of upgrading slums.

Clara Doe Mvogo, the mayor of Monrovia, Liberia, has earned a reputation as a leader who gets things done. She was inducted as mayor of the capital in March 2014, just as the first cases of Ebola in the country were confirmed. Across the sprawling city of 1.5 million people, the mayor was wearing her “Operation Stop Ebola” shirt, meeting with local leaders, and bringing her no nonsense approach to the response.

At the Clinton Global Initiative last month, Mvogo spoke about the Ebola response on a panel about how cities can be designed for health and prosperity. Following the session, she spoke with Devex about her hopes for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, or Habitat III, which will gather leaders in Quito, Ecuador, next week to discuss “the new urban agenda.”

“The new urban agenda needs to be able to afford proper housing for the majority of the citizens in the African setting that live in slums,” she said. She went on to speak with Devex about the overlooked but critical role of mayors in developing countries. Watch the video to hear more from Mvogo and stay tuned to Devex for coverage from Habitat III.

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Catherine Cheney covers the West Coast global development community for Devex. Since graduating from Yale University, where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in political science, Catherine has worked as a reporter and editor for a range of publications including World Politics Review, POLITICO, and NationSwell, a media company and membership network she helped to build. She is also an ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network and the Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute.

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