City Partnerships

Offer to Australian Cities

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


 The ‘Australian City Partnerships Prospectus’ provides an offer to cities and partners to participate in this significant sustainable urban development initiative for the 2017-19 period.

The Prospectus provides an overview of the staged process, benefits and expectations of participation in City Partnerships.

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

Australian Cities Register your Expression of Interest here


The City Partnerships initiative brings a number of benefits to Australia:

  • An internationally aligned program it will build city government capacity and partnerships on the local level to develop and deliver viable investable multi partner sustainable urban development projects
  • Foster the creation of 60+ high impact and high value projects
  • Integrate with government approaches at the state and national levels
  • Support brokerage for partnerships with the private sector and attract financing for sustainable urban development non-traditional projects
  • Improve the understanding of governance structures and enabling environments for public, private and civil society partnerships (PPPPs)

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  –

About the Multi Partner Implementation Facility for Sustainable Urban Development

The Multi-Partner Implementation Facility for Sustainable Urban Development (IFSUD) is being 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 with a number of other United Nations agencies.

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

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.

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. City Partnerships is drawing 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.