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The Asia-Pacific Mayors Academy for Sustainable Urban Development envisions to create a network of local leaders and to establish a unique peer-to-peer learning opportunity for mayors, especially newly-elected or appointed mayors/governors in the region, through yearly training courses and ongoing city-to-city exchanges.


In collaboration with

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Technical Partners




  • Provide capacity development programmes to the leaders of local authorities to implement sustainable urban development and increase their leadership and technical capacities on urban sustainability issues (including e.g., financial planning and management, integrated planning, application of smart solutions, inclusive governance and stakeholder engagement, and urban resilience).

  • Assist mayors to become knowledgeable and committed to the global development agendas, and to enable local governments to contribute to achieving the climate and sustainable development targets and goals.

  • Increase the use of sustainable urban development tools, resources and technical solutions by newly-elected mayors in the region; and foster city-to-city cooperation opportunities.

  • Facilitate and strengthen the regional resources available to mayors and local authorities, including existing organizations, initiatives, academic institutions and the UN system, in support of implementation of sustainable urban development.

  • Establish a network of informed mayors and local leaders to serve as regional advocates for sustainable urban development in support of global development agendas.

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The New Urban Agenda provides a unique implementation framework for making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. There is a need to increase capacity-development programmes to help subnational and local governments in financial planning and management, anchored in institutional coordination at all levels, including environmental sensitivity; as well as on the use of legal land-based revenue and financing tools, among others.

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With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, member States committed to achieving “a comprehensive, far-reaching and people-centred set of universal and transformative Goals and targets”, which integrate the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. The core emphasis placed in the 2030 Agenda is on “leaving no one behind.”

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