Program Overview

Global Integrated Approach Pilot (IAP) on Sustainable Cities



Cities are a critical entry point to address drivers of three mega-trends of global environmental degradation: urbanization, rising middle class, and population growth. The role of cities for sustainable development cannot be overstated.

The Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot program is an ambitious attempt to promote urban sustainability, recognizing the unique window of opportunity that comes with rapid urbanization. As mayors in developing countries seek to transform cities as inclusive and resilient hubs of growth, there is a growing demand for innovative tools and knowledge to help them make informed decisions.

The Sustainable Cities program will invest US$1.5 billion over five years, initially engaging 23 cities in 11 developing countries (Brazil, China, Cote d’Ivoire, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Senegal, South Africa and Viet Nam). It will be implemented as a GEF partnership involving GEF Agencies.

By promoting sustainable urban development through better integrated models of urban design, planning and implementation, the program will contribute towards avoiding or reducing more than 100 million metric tonnes of CO2e in greenhouse gas emissions.

(Source : GEF,