The Urban SDG Knowledge Platform will be officially introduced to the wider public on September 30, 2017. The Urban SDG Knowledge Platform is an online database co-managed by CityNet, UN ESCAP and Seoul Metropolitan Government which will serve as a centrepiece for the Urban SDG Knowledge Platform project, an initiative to follow up and review the implementation of SDGs in the Asia Pacific region through fostering city-to-city cooperation and providing a repository of good urban practices contributing to SDGs.
Through the Urban SDG Knowledge Platform project, CityNet will significantly scale up its efforts to foster sustainable urban development of the Asia Pacific region. CityNet, working together with Seoul Metropolitan Government and UN ESCAP, will connect resources to the Asia Pacific urban community to further scale up and enhance its good practices through city-to-city and city-to-multilateral organisation cooperation.
The Urban SDG Knowledge Platform project will connect opportunities in capacity building, city-to-city cooperation schemes as well as opportunities to organise technical advice and expert mentorship to its member communities. By connecting urban stakeholders together, the Knowledge Platform will ensure that no cities are left behind.
To initiate the aforementioned activities of the Urban SDG Knowledge Platform project, UN ESCAP and UN Habitat and other partners are developing a project which aims to support selected pilot cities to implement the SDGs in integrated and systemic ways, including tailor-made approaches for localizing a sub-set of SDGs related to sustainable management of natural resources.
“Integrating local action in support of the 2030 Agenda and SDG implementation” Workshop during the 2017 CityNet Colombo Congress will serve as a first introduction to the project’s theme and objectives, providing concept proofing and an initial opportunity for expressions of interest by cities interested in participating in the project.
The Urban SDG Knowledge Platform project is a follow up of the 2016 Urban SDG Forum, and the Asia Pacific region’s resolve to answer the APUF-6 Jakarta Call for Action, which asserted the dire need for collaborative efforts and city-to-city cooperation to further enable cities to develop and adopt innovative solutions to shared urban challenges in the region. Through its implementation, the Urban SDG Knowledge Platform project will work together for a more sustainable future for all.