OBJECTIVES OF THE ACADEMY
Provide capacity development programmes to leaders of local authorities to increase their 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 the contributions of cities 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; as well as 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.
The Academy’s Advisory Board will be coordinated by UN ESCAP and UN-Habitat, in collaboration with UNU-IAS, APRU and UCLG-ASPAC. Its role is to support the strategic orientation of the Mayors Academy for Sustainable Urban Development in Asia-Pacific.
5 permanent members
(UN ESCAP, UN-Habitat, UNU-IAS, APRU, UCLG-ASPAC)
Other 5 members
Experts on sustainable urban development, stakeholders Former mayors or ministers
Third of the members will rotate every two years
Provide inputs and feedback on the strategic direction, structure and focus of the Mayors Academy, including the development of activities.
Support and approve the curriculum design, including its evaluation.
Ensure the Implementation of technologies, pedagogies and tools in the Academy’s activities as part of the commitment to ensure the initiative is unique and innovative.
Assist and support on the implementation of processes to scale-up the impact of the Academy, including assisting in leveraging financial and/or in-kind support to sustain it; disseminating and advocating for the Academy, as well as ensuring the Academy’s visibility.