The global drive for sustainable development will be rooted in local, urban solutions, shared ESCAP Executive Secretary Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana at the 10th World Urban Forum (WUF10) in Abu Dhabi from 8 to 10 February.
Participating in several high-level sessions, the Executive Secretary reiterated that urban growth must be aligned with resilient, climate-sensitive and low-carbon strategies.
She cited the Penang Platform for Action, launched at the 7th Asia-Pacific Urban Forum last year, as a critical mechanism for regional cooperation on urban development goals.
At WUF10, ESCAP and UN HABITAT also signed a Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming their long-standing partnership for livable cities.
The MoU aims to enhance partnerships and technical assistance to Asia-Pacific cities to advance local actions for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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