Planning for the future of our cities can no longer ignore growing social, economic and environmental issues that are all exacerbated by wealth and income inequalities.
The increasing global focus on essential services and public space as a key combination for successful city-making is relevant to fast-growing Australian cities too.
Informal settlements are often undocumented or hidden on official maps, but they house about a billion people worldwide. Their existence demands a more sophisticated approach to urban development.
Our cities need to become much more efficient not just to conserve precious resources but to improve the economy, wellbeing and resilience to environmental change and disasters.
Nation states, UN bodies and civil society gathered in Quito for Habitat III to adopt the New Urban Agenda. So how will the UN's new global urban roadmap transform our cities over the next 20 years?
As many as 30,000 delegates gathered to decide the future of cities for the next 20 years – here's how it played out.
Over the next 20 years, one global strategy will help to shape our cities. Here's what it says about women.
As cities trumpet their liveability, creativity and greenness, many informal settlement activities are often relegated to the shadows.
Three researchers examine the big challenges of urban development: from city leadership to lock-ins.
A report from Habitat III in Ecuador, where 50,000 delegates are trying to change the world.
This global conference will set out how cities should develop over the next 20 years, tackling some of humankind's toughest issues.
Here's how social and political power can come together in cities, to counteract the focus on short-term profit.
Two years of marathon negotiations have finally yielded agreement in last-minute meetings in New York on the New Urban Agenda to be adopted at the Habitat III summit in Quito in October.
The draft agenda for the UN urban development conference in Quito neglects the food systems on which the wellbeing of the world's 4 billion city dwellers depends.
More than 25,000 delegates will meet in Quito in October to set out a New Urban Agenda for the UN, to be implemented over the next 20 years. But Australia is yet to play a major role in the process.
The world's informal settlements are growing at an unprecedented rate, with about one in four urban dwellers living in slums. We need to rethink how we view and deal with these people and places.
At the Habitat III summit in October, governments will agree an agenda to guide sustainable global urban development over the next 20 years. The rise of the ethical city is a key element of this.