What this mayor hopes to see in the New Urban Agenda

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

    Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology, innovation, and philanthropy in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported domestically and internationally for outlets including The Atlantic and the Washington Post. Outside of her own reporting, Catherine also supports other journalists to cover what is working, through her work with the Solutions Journalism Network.

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