The Opening Session - The EUKN-OECD Week of National Urban Policies

28 June, 2021


Opening Session

In this introduction session, the panellists offered insights into their NUPs and how the New Leipzig Charter has shaped them. They also discussed:

  • What is the role of NUPs in implementing the New Leipzig Charter?
  • What is a national urban policy (NUP)?
  • How do you imagine urban policy in 2050?

Key Take-aways:

1. The New Leipzig Charter is unique as an EU-level policy document that encapsulates a number of key principles: urban policy for the common good, participation and co-creation, multi-level governance and a place-based approach. The Charter supports the development of NUPs as important instruments to stimulate the advancement of sustainable, resilient cities. It is a roadmap for integrated urban development. But, to make it as influential as the SDGs, we need commitment, communication and active ownership on the part of national urban policymakers.

2. Urban policymaking must include all government levels, including rural and urban areas and should co-create with public and private stakeholders. Local authorities should drive and co-create NUPs.

3. NUPs should be applicable to cities of all sizes.

4. NUPs should break silos and connect cross-sectoral policies.

5. COVID-19 has stimulated initiatives of shared responsibility by giving space for tactical urbanism, as well as support for bottom-up approaches and low-cost sustainable solutions.

Read more about the EUKN-OECD Week of National Urban Policies here