The PUP aims to help enable the implementation of actions arising from the Pacific Urban Forum and the Pacific New Urban Agenda by supporting the countries of the region to achieve sustainable urban development. It seeks to rally implementing partners, to mobilize resources for regional and cross-country learning and development across different sectors to achieve better integration and synergies.
The Fifth Pacific Urban Forum (PUF5) was held in Nadi, Fiji, in the first week of July 2019. Following the adoption of the New Urban Agenda and a renewed recognition of the many opportunities and challenges for the Pacific, PUF5 provided an inclusive multi-stakeholder platform for review of progress towards achieving the Pacific New Urban Agenda and for further action planning. More than 200 participants from 25 countries, including high level representation from 13 Pacific Islands countries attended the three-day Forum focused on “Accelerating the implementation of the New Urban Agenda to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the Pacific”. The event was hosted by the Government of Fiji and co-organized by a range of partners, including UN-Habitat, the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, Monash University, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, UN ESCAP and Compass Housing Services.
The Forum recognized the importance of urbanization for sustainable development and agreed on long-term national planning for urbanization through national sustainable development plans, urban policies and sector plans and the implementation of good governance and effective local service delivery, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the Pacific. In order to agree on the implementation mechanisms of the Pacific Urban Agenda, the Forum undertook the following:
• Reviewed progress towards the Pacific New Urban Agenda based on country consultations and reporting, in light of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Habitat III outcomes and emerging issues.
• Adopted a declaration reaffirming the commitment towards the Pacific New Urban Agenda and its accelerated implementation to achieve sustainable urbanization in the Pacific.
• Developed an action plan with concrete voluntary country and stakeholder commitments for the implementation of the Pacific New Urban Agenda along its pillars and goals and related areas.
The members of the PUP facilitate the effective implementation of the actions arising from the Pacific Urban Forum and drive forward the outcomes envisaged by the New Pacific Urban Agenda by:
Each partner brings specialist skills and capacity to the collective effort to achieve sustainable urbanisation in the Pacific region.