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Localizing the 2030 Agenda in Asian & Pacific Cities


Cities can be the catalysts of change to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and tackle the climate crisis. In Asia and the Pacific, two-thirds of the world's urban population today live in cities and towns. While cities can serve as agents of positive change, given the unprecedented pace and scale of urbanization, cities also greatly contribute to environmental degradation with their increasing demand for natural resources.

Current development patterns and unplanned growth in some cities have often led to significant and unsustainable use of resources and unmanageable production of waste and pollution. These challenges are most problematic for poor and vulnerable populations with limited access to basic infrastructure, services, and decent livelihoods.

To address these challenges and leverage the opportunities cities can provide, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), and partners and stakeholders in five pilot cities have been prototyping an SDG localization approach with a focus on sustainable urban resource management (SURM).


Project Overview

The  project “Integrating the SDGs into Local Action in Support of the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific Project” aims to strengthen local government and key urban stakeholders’ capacity to implement the 2030 Agenda in the area of urban resource management by supporting the processes of

  • Collaborative and adaptive urban governance through multi-stakeholder coalitions
  • Integrated analysis and planning through systems approaches
  • Evidence-based decision-making using data, information, analysis and dissemination

Implementing Partners and Stakeholders

In 2018, UN ESCAP and UN-Habitat invited secondary cities and towns in Asia and the Pacific to join the Localizing the 2030 Agenda in Asian and Pacific Cities Project through a Call for Expression of Interest. Five pilot cities were chosen through a competitive process, in which more than 80 cities applied. Local implementing partners were selected to coordinate on-the-ground activities.

City Partners:

Government & Council Members:

  • Urban stakeholders from civil society, academia, and the private sector
  • National-level SDG (and other relevant global agendas) focal points
  • Line Ministries and subnational agencies with urban interests
  • Local government training institutions