The Mayors Academy for Sustainable Urban Development in Asia-Pacific is an initiative of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), in cooperation with the United Nations University - Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), and the United Cities and Local Governments-Asia Pacific (UCLG-ASPAC).


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Technical Partners



  • To ensure that the future cities of Asia and the Pacific are inclusive and sustainable. As they establish and implement local development and investment plans, mayors can also be empowered as regional leaders for sustainability, help build a network to support accelerated city-level actions and peer-to-peer exchanges, mobilize resources for cities, and raise regional and global awareness of the essential needs and actions of Asia and Pacific cities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. They can also learn from, and share successful local initiatives, and engage public and private sector partners to develop and promote urban solutions.

  • As most of the projected urban growth in Asia and the Pacific will occur in intermediate cities, their role will continue to expand, with the mayors of these cities and other subnational authorities quickly emerging as potential leaders to promote sustainable urbanization throughout the region.

  • In this context, mayors, especially those who are newly-elected or appointed, are a key constituency who would benefit at the beginning of their terms from better access to information, greater awareness of regional resources, and a support network to assist in the acceleration of urban sustainability initiatives.

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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.”