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With the closing of the World Urban Forum in Medellín last week, we set out our intentions for the next two years leading to Habitat III in 2016, with a call to think beyond the tick-a-box approach to the Habitat Agenda currently being encouraged, and for readers to contribute their visions of what this agenda must also address.

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Its readers are drawn from the urban policy and international development sectors, and include urban planners, officers in local, national or international government agencies, civil society leaders, and researchers.

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