Journal article

Acknowledging Urbanization: A Survey of the Role of Cities in UN Frameworks

Anna Kosovac, Michele Acuto, Terry Louise Jones

Global Policy | Wiley | Published : 2020


Cities are playing an increasingly vital role in global sustainability. Yet there is still little systematic and international evidence on the recognition and formal role of cities in multilateral affairs. Where and how are cities acknowledged as part of global efforts? How do the United Nations frame this ‘urban’ contribution to major international processes and agendas? To offer some initial evidence‐based pointers to this set of problems, we present an analysis of explicit references to cities in major UN frameworks (n = 32) underpinning the current Agenda 2030 on sustainable development. We investigate how cities are cited to determine the role, key themes and contextual trends framing t..

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