Key Governance Principles Underpinning Urban Sustainable Development Planning And Management
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J. Peris Blanes
Governance is assumed to be a core challenge for urban sustainability. Rather than a sectorial topic, urban sustainability is a cross cutting concern affecting – and being affected – by many different interests and strategic urban issues. For this reason, urban sustainable development is mainly about how strategic decisions are made in the city, who is involved in these decision-making processes and how accountability is rendered. In this article we propose a set of governance principles for programs on urban sustainability planning and management. They are derived from UNHABITAT experience in building capacities in cities around the world through two specialized programmes: Localizing Agenda 21 (LA21) and Sustainable Cities Programme (SCP). Keywords: sustainable development, urban environment, governance, planning and management, local agenda 21. 1 Introduction 1.1 Governance and urban sustainable development Urban sustainable development is a multidimensional concept involving environmental, economic, social and political issues [1,2]. These interlinks are so strong  that it is totally unfeasible to address them separately, so methodologies for urban sustainable development planning and management are called to include an integral and holistic vision leading to long-term, crosscutting and interdisciplinary approaches.
sustainable development, urban environment, governance, planning and management, local agenda 21.