Urban governance is the software that enables the urban hardware to function. It is the enabling environment requiring adequate legal frameworks, efficient political, managerial and administrative processes, as well as strong and capable local governments to respond to the needs of citizens. Local governments are instrumental in urban governance and are the key levers in ensuring inclusive and sustainable urban development, accountable and transparent city management, and a dynamic process of engagement with a wide range of stakeholders.
Inclusion of local governments’ voice and perspective in global agenda discussions, as part of the continuous advocacy for localizing the post-2015 Agenda (13 countries engaged, more than 4,200 participants mobilized) and development of a Toolbox for Localizing the SDGs soon available at www.localizingtheSDG.com
130 cities have participated in the Urban Governance Survey (www.urbangovernance.net ) building a global database on current models of urban governance for public dissemination, comparative policy and research analysis.
100 partners are learning from each other and sharing concrete solutions about SMART technologies applied to municipal innovation and citizenship via the Uraia platform (www.uraia.org).
30 needs assessments on transparency in municipal management have been conducted at international events where mayors and urban leaders identified key challenges and proposed innovative solutions.
A set of publications on Unpacking Metropolitan Governance has been developed and specific technical assistance is provided to requesting countries and metropolitan areas to help them improve coordination and inter-municipal cooperation.