URBAN SDG KNOWLEDGE PLATFORM

Kuala Lumpur | Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur SDG Centre

The grand prize winner of the 2022 CityNet Congress SDG Awards. KL's SDG Centre is a prime example of what cities in the region can do to promote SDG localization throughout all levels of urban society. The Centre's programming encourages an inclusive, participatory, bottom-up approach to SDG implementation. Most importantly, the Centre constantly strives to find creative methods that will engage stakeholders of every demographic in KL.

SDG NAVIGATOR FOR CITIES

The SDG Navigator is a self-assessment tool, created to help cities and city government officials evaluate their current performance in the implementation of SDGs, based on official United Nations SDG targets. Additionally, the SDG Navigator will suggest best practices from the Urban SDG Knowledge Platform that will help cities address their challenges in SDG implementation.

FEATURED TRAINING COURSE

May - December 2022

CityNet 2022 Youth SDGs Action Project

CityNet Yokohama Project Office
Youth from Japan, Korea, Nepal, and the Philippines

FEATURED CASE STUDIES

Penaga, North Seberang Perai | Malaysia

Welcome To Kota Aur Village North Seberang Perai

2nd Place Winner of the 2022 CityNet Congress SDG Awards. This case takes creative approaches to sustainable tourism by combining a highly successful homestay program with preserving intangible cultural heritage of the Kota Aur Village.

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Seoul | Korea, South

AI-Based Sewage Pipeline Defect Detection System

3rd Place Winner of the 2022 CityNet Congress SDG Awards. Seoul Digital Foundation's case takes infrastructure to a new level by applying AI to Seoul's vast sewer system maintenance. This system saves resources, time, and protects the safety of workers.

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NEWS

NEWS

1,December,2022

Call for Innovative Urban Case Studies for the 2023 Future of Asian & Pacific Cities Report

The world is facing a series of multiple and interlinked crises; a perfect storm that is testing the limits of current development paradigms. As countries and cities across Asia and the Pacific struggle to recover from the socio-economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis continues to ravage the region. Added to that, geo political tensions and the growing food and energy crisis is undermining prospects for a true recovery and in turn affect the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.Cities in the region are home to 54 percent of the world’s urban population or about 2.3 billion people.[1] Even prior to the pandemic, cities had not kept pace with continued and often unplanned urbanization. This led to long-standing challenges, such as urban poverty, inequalities and environmental degradation.According to UN-Habitat, 95 percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases were in the urban areas[2] and cities became hotspots for COVID-19 cases worldwide. The socio-economic consequences from the pandemic and the subsequent energy and food crisis are compounding existing challenges of urbanization. Cities, across the developing and developed world, became frontline actors facing multiple interlinked crises, and city-level response has become critical for building resilience and ensuring the achievement of the SDGs.\In this context, The Future of Asian & Pacific Cities 2023, builds on three previous publications, The Future of Asian & Pacific Cities 2019, The State of Asian and Pacific Cities 2015 and The State of Asian Cities 2011, which explored key existing and emerging trends in urban development within the region. This Report, continues a forward-looking perspective with an ambitious vision of sustainable urban future and evaluates the implications of different development pathways under different scenarios for achievement of inclusive sustainable development in cities by 2030. The Report is envisioned and developed in a collaborative way among several partners including the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) the Asian Development Bank (ADB), CityNet and others. The report is divided into four thematic areas of established and emerging topics for sustainable urban development. Future-oriented goals and solutions to biggest urban challenges are supported with tangible examples of potential implementation pathways and illustrative brief case studies. This call for Case Studies provides an opportunity to highlight specific innovative policies, case studies, initiatives or partnerships that fit the overall theme of the Report illustrated above from the Asia-Pacific region[3]. These case studies aim to deepen practical knowledge on sustainable urban development solutions, identify new and emerging issues. Knowledge can be drawn from both successful and unsuccessful experiences. These case studies should introduce themes that are directly related to the four main chapters of the Report. Case Studies will be collected through an open call on the Urban SDG Knowledge Platform hosted by CityNet.For extraordinary case studies, representatives may be invited to the 2nd Urban SDG Knowledge Platform Awards Ceremony at the 8th Session of the Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-8) being hosted by Suwon, Republic of Korea in late October 2023 to share their experiences. Eligible cities, ministries, and organizations should be from ESCAP member states. To see a list of ESCAP members, please click here.To submit your case study, please complete the Case Study Upload form available for download below and email it to sdgplatform@citynet-ap.org. Case studies that have already been submitted to the Platform can also be nominated for consideration by emailing sdgplatform@citynet-ap.org with the title of your case study, the link to its page on the case study database, and the category you would like to submit the case under.Download the Case Study Upload form with further information here. Case Study Themes:1. Urban, spatial, and territorial planning2. City climate action and resilience3. Urban digital transformation4. Municipal financing[1] United Nations (2019),’ The Future of Asian & Pacific Cities: Transformative pathways towards sustainable urban development’ https://www.unescap.org/publications/future-asian-and-pacific-cities-2019-transformative-pathways-towards-sustainable-urban [2] UN Habitat, UNCDF et all  (2022), ‘Guiding principles and practices for urban economic recovery and resilience’ https://www.uncdf.org/article/6196/guiding-principles-and-practices-for-urban-economic-recovery-and-resilience [3] For a list of ESCAP countries in the Asia-Pacific region, please refer to https://www.unescap.org/about/member-states

PUBLICATIONS

  • The Urban Nexus: Integrating Resources for Sustainable Cities

  • Localizing DRR Best Practices with the Urban SDG Knowledge Platform

  • Asia-Pacific Regional Guidelines on Voluntary Local Reviews

  • RECIPRO:CITY ISSUE No. 06: Circular Cities Fostering Green Urbanization