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The Asia-Pacific Mayors Academy was launched in 2019 by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) - in cooperation with the United Nations University, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), and Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).

The Academy engages newly elected or appointed city mayors/governors in the Asia-Pacific region to participate in an annual fellowship and build their capacities to develop and implement sustainable urban solutions in their communities, in support of the New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Academy creates a network of local leaders and establishes a unique peer-to-peer learning opportunity for mayors, especially newly-elected or appointed mayors in the region, through yearly training courses and ongoing city-to-city exchanges.

Fellows are selected on an annual basis to join the Academy. Interested mayors/governors are encouraged to review the eligibility criteria and complete an application available through the website.


Applications for the 2024 Academy are now open.

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