The project aims to address the capacity building needs of municipal and city leaders in relation to localizing and monitoring SDGs, integration of the main principles of the New Urban Agenda in national and local urban development policies by helping them be better equipped with knowledge, tools and lessons learnt from different parts of the world.  The project is sponsored by Gangwon Province Government, Republic of Korea and is implemented in close collaboration with the International Urban Training Centre (IUTC).

The project’s main target group are the senior decision and policy makers, urban management and development practitioners from Asian cities who have direct responsibilities for the planning, design, finance, implementation and management of sustainable urban development policies, programs and projects.  The project also aims for diversity and support those who work in private and academic institutions, as well as NGOs.

"The course has provided us with a new tool and guidance in making analysis and assessment on our urban situation regarding the housing sector. With the knowledge we have been introduced to, we are very excited to continue working on it for further consolidation and development into our profession to put it into good use."

Ms. Bui Thi Hong Hieu, Researcher, Ministry of Construction – Vietnam Institute for Urban and Rural Planning, Vietnam

All training courses have an average of
per cent of participants feel that the training course have met their expectations
per cent of the surveyed alumni confirmed that they have used the knowledge learned from the training course in their work and programme, while 63 per cent of the surveyed alumni indicated that they wished to do that with support from IUTC

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The project promotes human rights as a cross-cutting of all training courses and other capacity building activities.  The human rights is reflected in the contents of the training course such as the housing rights index, rights to a healthy environment, or rights to access social services in all training materials.

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Gender equality is treated as an important cross-cutting issue, from ensuring an optimal balance of male-female training participants, to mainstreaming gender issues throughout training materials, group exercises, and the action plans developed by participants. In recent years, since 2016, the average percentage of female participants in all training course is between 30-51%, depending on the nature of the topic of the course.

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Children, youth and elderly are often seen as vulnerable group who need priority and protection from society, in particularly to access social services.  However, they possess high value energy, creativity, ideas and knowledge that can be innovative and solution-solving.  They can act as effect Agent of Changes and contribute actively to positive changes and successful achievement of the SDGs.  The project promotes contents that are related to promoting the participation of children, youth and elderly in the developing and implementing urban sustainable development action plans.

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Sustainable urban development can only be achieved if persons with disabilities are included meaningfully in decision-making and are able to access their rights. UN-Habitat partners with representative groups and individual rights holders, as well as national and local governments, relevant UN bodies and civil society to maximize impact and to meaningfully ensure that the rights including accessibility and universal design of persons with disabilities are promoted, respected and protected. 

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Donors and partners

UN-Habitat works closely with IUTC and the project partners to implement the annual work plan and training programmes, including: • Regional international training courses for Asian city leaders on the topics related to sustainable urban development; • In-country training courses; • Follow-up, seed money projects; • Alumni network, promotion of IUTC programme at international key events • Steering committee meeting • Development of new training materials such as training companion, lessons-learnt and experiences from Asia in urban development; • IUTC business model development for the next phase.