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The National Urban Policy Programme (NUPP) is an instrumental tool towards promoting and achieving transformative, inclusive, green, productive, and resilient urban development. The NUP is achieved through deliberate and shared responsibility between UN-Habitat and respective countries across the globe. In view of the externalities and challenges facing urban cities, NUP comes in handy to address the challenges with urgency and relevance in line with the New Urban Agenda (NUA) as it supports countries undertaking NUP process with tools and knowledge. This initiative is geared towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, which subsequently hastens the achievement of other SDGs.

This report reviews NUP Programme for three countries; I.R. Iran, Myanmar and Niger State in Nigeria. Building on the first edition of the NUPP launched in 2017, the second edition report is a critical reference point for policy makers and urban professionals as it shows progress of the implementation of NUPP and smart cities in the pilot phase for the three countries. The Republic of Korea committed to support the development of NUP financially and technically in the I.R. Iran, Myanmar, and Niger State in Nigeria. The main objective of the report is to update stakeholders on aims of the project which are; sub-national and national governments capacity enhancement, knowledge centralization about smart cities strategies, and providing augmented knowledge sharing on NUP and smart cities. The report further gives comprehensive update on key activities undertaken in 2018-2019, outcomes, next steps, activities plan, recruitments, as well as the financial report for the period. The report is a co-creation of the Republic of Korea, UN-Habitat, I.R. Iran, Myanmar, and Niger State in Nigeria who are the key implementers of the pilot phase among other stakeholders to ensure ownership and alignment of respective national development priorities.