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The Asia-Pacific Mayors 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.

The Asia-Pacific Mayors Academy:


  • Builds capacity with the leaders of local authorities to implement sustainable urban solutions, including financial planning and management, integrated planning, application of smart solutions, inclusive governance and stakeholder engagement, urban resilience, and Voluntary Local Review (VLR) development – in support of the New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  • Establishes a network of leaders of local authorities to become regional advocates for sustainable urban development and contributors to achieving global development agendas.

  • Promotes the use of sustainable urban development tools, resources and technical solutions for newly-elected leaders of local authorities in the region; and fosters city-to-city cooperation opportunities.

  • Facilitates and strengthens regional resources and relationships available to Mayors and local authorities, including organizations, initiatives, academic institutions and the United Nations system, in support of sustainable urban development.

  • Establishes a network of Mayors that may contribute to future Asia-Pacific Mayors Academy cohorts through alumni exchange opportunities.


Mayors are expected to:

  • Be a newly-elected or appointed Mayor/Governor, typically in the first third of the term although special circumstances may apply.

  • Commit to attending bi-weekly online sessions from April to October 2024 (subject to change). The Fellowship will culminate in a physical Expert Group Meeting (EGM) and Graduation at the 12th World Urban Forum (WUF12) in Cairo, Egypt, 4 to 8 November 2024. (Note: This may include financial support for travel to Cairo, however in-kind contributions and co-funding are welcome).

  • Have access to a stable and reliable internet connection.

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