13 February 2018
WUF9 Event: IFSUD and ‘City Partnerships Challenge’ Launch

Date: Tuesday 13 February 2018

Time: 10:00 – 11:00

Place: One UN Room, Level 3 Kuala Lumpur Convention Center

Event Overview:

The ‘City Partnerships Challenge’ is a model process for accelerating and enabling the formation of sustainable urban projects that can attract private and public finance. It is structured as an implementation mechanism under the Implementation Facility for Sustainable Urban Development (IFSUD). The IFSUD was passed as a resolution on 12 May 2017 at the UN Habitat Governing Council in Nairobi, Kenya.

‘City Partnerships’ has been developed by the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme, the urban arm of the UN Global Compact –  the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative. City Partnerships is an implementation and capacity building program that accelerates and enables the development of urban projects to support sustainable, safe, resilient, inclusive cities and towns globally, specifically advancing the SDG 11 and 17 while progressing numerous interlinked SDGs relevant to context and priorities of each municipality.

‘City Partnerships’ incorporates inputs from several initiatives of the UN Global Compact including:

  • Global Compact Local Networks – Corporate networks in 65 countries
  • PRME – Principles for Responsible Management Education applied in 650 universities and business school
  • PRI – Principles for Responsible Investment as the largest global responsible investment group

This event’s main objective is to strengthen global partnerships for IFSUD, calling for new partners to collaborate in progressing IFSUD and launching the ‘City Partnerships Challenge’ for cities and towns, businesses and universities to participate to develop urban projects that implement the New Urban Agenda and progress the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Challenge will identify and enlist city governments to commit time, resources and political will to participate in a structured capacity building and applied development process to create new multi-sectoral partnered projects for sustainable urban development. City government investment in the process can be leveraged for sub-national and national government investment and support.

This event will be followed by a side event where organisations from Brazil, India and South Africa who will partner on the implementation of City Partnerships, present case studies and innovative frameworks for SDG and NUA action.


IFSUD collaboration partners:

  • UN-Habitat
  • World Bank Group
  • United Nations Global Compact
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • UN Women
  • UN Operations (UNOPS)
  • WFP

Other global partners:

  • Realdania
  • SDSN Youth
  • RMIT University
  • UCLG
  • C40
  • 100RC
  • World Urban Campaign

City Partnerships Challenge Prospectus

Follow this link to download and read the City Partnerships Challenge Prospectus.


Michael Nolan – michael.nolan@citiesprogramme.org +61409721998

Joana Correia – joana.correia@citiesprogramme.org