The Faculty of the Mayors Academy for Sustainable Urban Development in Asia-Pacific will draw on expertise available in the region, including from the United Nations system, academic institutions in the region, network partners, current and former mayors in the region, urban planners and managers.


Members of the Faculty will be appointed by the Academic Advisory Board. They should be proposed by at least one member of the Academic Advisory Board and endorsed at least by five more members. Each permanent member of the Academic Advisory Board has a permanent representative in the Faculty.


UN ESCAP and UN-Habitat as Secretariat



Developed in conjunction with the Academy Advisory Board to consider session objectives, peer-reviewed course materials, expert presentations, innovative training modules developed by partners, and post-course follow up material.

Action-oriented and providing scenarios for solutions. People-centred, age and gender responsive approaches, as well as committed to the realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, promoting culture and respect for diversity and equality.

Based on priorities from the mayors attending the boot camp. A survey will be sent in advance to identify specific priorities which mayors will address in their respective cities, so that specialized materials and resources from the Academy's faculty and technical partners can be brought to the curriculum in support of mayors.


Module 1. Cities 2030: Designing, planning and managing sustainable urban development Introduction/Overview of how Asia-Pacific cities can scale up action to drive global development agendas and international frameworks.2030 Agenda for Sustainable Urban Development, New Urban Agenda, Paris Climate Agreement and other global agendas.

Module 2. Developing action plans, monitoring progress, and regional support. Using data and statistics for evidence based policy-making. Vertical integration of national sustainability planning and reporting. Engaging with national and regional local government associations.


Module 3. How is my city growing? Sustainable development pathways. Planning for urban expansion and the importance of sustainable urban planning and design.

Module 4. How to create and finance competitive cities? Financing the city. Urban economy and green finance.

Module 5. How to develop sustainable urban governance? Who governs the city? Co-producing sustainable solutions with citizens.