KIGALI, 29 November 2018 – UN-Habitat and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) have signed a global Memorandum of Understanding to promote cooperation on sustainable, climate-resilient and green urban development at the Africa Green Growth Forum.

UN-Habitat and GGGI have committed to translating political will, official statements and concepts into concrete, actionable and bankable projects on the ground.

The main scope of this Memorandum is to promote sustainable, climate-resilient, inclusive and green urban development in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East, through regional and urban planning and development, green buildings and infrastructure, innovative financing mechanisms, the development of tangible tools and policy frameworks, the implementation of circular economy principles, and lastly the creation of jobs and livelihoods based at the heart of a green economy.

As the UN lead for sustainable urban development, UN-Habitat is mandated to work on sustainable urban development at the global level and is the main focal point, within the UN System, of SDG 11: “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.

“UN-Habitat stands ready to support GGGI, by providing its technical expertise and mobilising its network of partners at different levels in the various countries where we are based. We look forward to a fruitful partnership,” said Mathias Spaliviero, Senior Human Settlements Officer at UN-Habitat.