City Partnerships

Offer to Australian Cities


The ‘City Partnerships’ initiative mobilises partnerships and transformative investments in sustainable urbanisation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda. This is through a 2 year capacity development and facilitation process. It is initially being offered to Australian city governments (2017-19 period) and will be offered to other countries from 2018 onwards.

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

The first round of Expressions of Interest for Australia City Partnerships closed on Monday 5 June 2017.

Additional Expressions of Interest can be accepted up to 1 December 2017 to join the first round of cities. Register your Expression of Interest here .


City Partnerships offers 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

A number of Private Sector organisations have been invited to be a national partner in City Partnerships, involving 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.

If you have been invited to Express Interest, express your organisation’s here through the Private Sector Partner Expression of Interest form.


For further information contact: Michael Nolan – and  Joana Correia  –

The ‘Multi Partner Implementation Facility for Sustainable Urban Development’ and ‘City Partnerships’

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.

The 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.

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.