Nairobi, 9 May 2022 -- With the Global Future Cities Programme (GFCP) transitioning to the next stage, UN-Habitat has produced a set of knowledge products that capture lessons learned from the pioneering three-year programme.

These include two normative reports to inform best practices for transformative urban development that accelerates action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and three podcasts.

The first normative report, Partnering for Transformative SDG-Oriented Urban Development: 

Guidance for Multi-Partner Initiatives from the Global Future Cities Programme, provides guidance to international donors, city authorities, UN agencies, and delivery partners about how to design and run multi-partner urban development initiatives that drive transformative impact and accelerate implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in rapidly urbanising cities. 

The second normative report, Integrating the SDGs in Urban Project Design: Recommendations from the Global Future Cities Programme, provides concrete recommendations to guide the design of urban projects that seek to enhance implementation of the SDGs at the local level.

The normative reports build on a previous set of normative reports about the GFCP.


Podcast series captures partners’ experiences of aligning projects with SDGs

The three-part podcast series, hosted by urban journalist Gregory Scruggs, explores the experiences and perspectives of different GFCP partners with a focus on how urban projects can benefit from aligning with the SDGs.

In the first episode, Scruggs interviews Shipra Narang Suri, Chief, Urban Practices Branch at UN-Habitat; Naomi Hoogervorst, UN-Habitat’s Programme Manager for the GFCP; and Peter Oborn, Strategic Advisor at the United Kingdom Built Environment Advisory Group.

Listen to episode one.

In the second episode, Scruggs speaks with Monique Cranna, Technical Director for Urban Planning at Zutari, based in Johannesburg, and Sertac Ertan, Planning Services Lead for Arup in Turkey, based in Istanbul. 

Listen to episode two.

The final episode focuses on the GFCP programme in Malaysia. It features Carol Koh, Prosperity Future Cities Programme Adviser for Malaysia, with the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, and Kamisah Mohammed Ghazali, Senior Vice-President of the Iskandar Regional Development Authority.  

Listen to episode three.