|Organization: UN Regional Commissions|
The Regional Commissions are uniquely positioned to facilitate regional commitments from Member States and other regional actors towards the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. As the regional representatives of the United Nations Secretariat, the Regional Commissions act as platforms, in cooperation with governmental and non-governmental actors as well as international and regional organizations, to support governments in evaluating regional trends, facilitate the exchange of national policy experiences, develop national and local capacities and help Member States translate global commitments into policy action. The Regional Commissions pursue such work in collaboration with the United Nations system, including the regional offices of UN-Habitat. This event will highlight the ways in which regional processes can promote the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, according to each region’s specific priorities and within the context of the COP21 agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Apart from underlining the role of the United Nations Regional Commissions in this process, it will also provide an opportunity to share the implementation strategy of each region, including the possibility of regional agreements on implementation. The side event is an opportunity to present these strategies to a broader base of stakeholders and participants and to promote the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.