This report explores the role of culture in sustainable urban development and aims to become a policy framework document to support national and local governments in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Urban Development as well as the New Urban Agenda, adopted at the Habitat III conference held in Quito, Ecuador from 17 to 20 October 2016. 

The launch is taking place as a side event to the 40th World Heritage Committee session (continuation), held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France from 24 to 26 October 2016. The Report was prepared with support from China and Spain.