City Partnerships

Mobilising partnerships and transformative investments in sustainable urbanisation to achieve the SDGs and the NUA

The Multi-Partner Implementation Facility for Sustainable Urban Development (IFSUD) has been established to catalyse effective, coordinated and results-based implementation of integrated sustainable urban development solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). The Facility will be underpinned by a United Nations Multi-Partner Trust Fund. Its development is being led by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat.

The UN Global Compact – Cities Programme, as the urban arm of the United Nations Global Compact, is contributing to the implementation of the IFSUD with its delivery of City Partnerships. The City Partnerships will draw together committed partners, relevant stakeholders, and all levels of government as well as private sector, to implement integrated and transformative urban development investments through cooperative partnerships. It will build on existing networks, programmes and investment vehicles aimed at delivering sustainable urbanisation, serving as a hub for governments, civil society, private sector, academia and others to jointly develop solutions and foster investments to more effectively meet demands on the ground.

With the objective of improving access to global and national expertise and technical support, the Facility’s partnership approach will seek to provide a single, aggregated entry point to a wide range of stakeholders from the UN system and beyond.

The City Partnerships will bring benefits across the board:

  • An internationally aligned program creating tangible connection knowledge exchange and leveraged impact.
  • Foster the creation of 60+ high impact and high value sustainable urban development projects.
  • Integrated levels of government approach and coordination.
  • Better understanding of governance structures for public, private and civil society partnerships.
  • Attract financing for sustainable urban development non-traditional projects.
  • Unique partnership with the UN Global Compact and other UN partners as ‘honest broker’ for partnerships and financing.

The investments of Implementation Facility for Sustainable Urban Development – IFSUD – will support the three pillars of Sustainable Urban
Development, as outlined in the New Urban Agenda:

  1. Creation of an enabling environment to attract and sustain investments at local level.
  2. Opening and accelerating cities’ access to finance, especially through public-private cooperation.
  3. Supporting the means of implementation through advocacy, capacity building and knowledge transfer, dissemination of best practice,
    multi-stakeholder partnership building, and monitoring and evaluation.

Offer to Australian Cities

The Australian City Partnerships Prospectus provides an offer to cities and broader partners to participate in this significant sustainable urban development initiative for the Australian round of the program for 2017-19 period. The Prospectus provides an overview of the United Nations partnerships that underpin this initiative and the staged process, benefits and expectations of participation.

Expressions of Interest for Australia City Partnerships is due Monday 5 June 2017 at 6pm Eastern Standard Time.  Cities selected will be contacted by Friday 9 June 2017. The on-boarding process for Sustainable Urban Development (SUD) Leaders will commence in September 2017.

Download the Australian City Partnerships Prospectus

Register your Expression of Interest.

Offer to Other Partners

Private Sector organisations are invited to be a national partner in City Partnerships which would involve in-kind and financial contribution.

Partners are expected to support the delivery of:

  • a national task force,
  • capacity building and
  • key events including the Collaborative Opportunities Workshops, Attracting Project Partners events and Attracting Financing events.

Please register your organisations interest in the Private Sector Expression of Interest form.


For further information contact Michael Nolan – and  Joana Correia  –

Feature Image Credit: Adam Reeder