Declare your Voluntary Commitment

The Seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-7) will be held from 15-17 October 2019 in Penang, Malaysia, to mobilize partners from across the region to focus on accelerating implementation of a sustainable urban future for Asia and the Pacific. For the first time, APUF-7 will register Voluntary Commitments as one of the outcomes of the Forum is to increase concrete investments and impactful initiatives for the implementation of sustainable urban development at the local, national and regional levels. APUF-7 Voluntary Commitments will be a key legacy of the Forum and a means for implementing SDGs at the city level and the transformative commitments of the New Urban Agenda. They also provide an opportunity for institutional stakeholders to forge new partnerships for a common goal: accelerating the achievement of sustainable urban development in the Asia-Pacific region.

What’s a Voluntary Commitment?

APUF 7 Voluntary Commitments are strategic level goals that will result from the implementation of new initiatives from a variety of institutions from within and outside the Asia-Pacific region. These strategic goals should be SMART:

  • Specific: well defined goals with unambiguous targets; 
  • Measurable: they should include at least one quantifiable result and specific criteria that measure progress towards the accomplishment of the goal;
  • Achievable: the results can be accomplished with a high degree of confidence;
  • Realistic: ensuring that there is specific capacity and resources to achieve the goal; 
  • Time-bound: have a clear time horizon and include a couple of milestones.
Examples of such commitments

A commitment from a national government institution: The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development will commit to approve a comprehensive National Urban Policy by 2021 working line ministries, local authorities and key civil society stakeholders.


A commitment from a city: The Mayor and the council of the city of “GREENSPACE” commit that by year 2030 they will increase the green public space available to citizens by 20% on the basis of the current public space. The increase will be achieved as follows: 5% increase by 2022, 15% increased by 2026, 20% increase by 2020.


A commitment from a development partner: The “NEWGREEN” foundation commits that by year 2022 will allocate 10 million USD to fund projects on sustainable urbanisation in cities in Asia-Pacific.”


A commitment from an academic institution: The “SMARTCITIES” university commits that by 2022 will establish a post-graduate programme on “Smart Cities Development” and will offer for 5 years after the establishment of the programme, scholarships to a total of 20 students from Asia-Pacific developing countries.

Can I showcase my current work?
Existing commitments from partners can be featured only if there is a significant scale-up or substantive increase in the investment from the original commitment.
Is there a registration fee?
There will be no fee attached to online registrations.  
Who can register an APUF-7 Voluntary Commitment?
APUF-7 Voluntary Commitments can come from any institutional public, private or community actor, or partnerships of actors, committed to the achievement of SDGs and New Urban Agenda in the Asia Pacific region.
How many APUF-7 Voluntary Commitments can I register?
Interested institutions or partnerships can register only one Voluntary Commitment at APUF-7.
Can I register a Voluntary Commitment before or after APUF-7?
Voluntary Commitments received prior to APUF-7 may be showcased at the Declare Your Actions Session at the final day of the Forum on October 17th, as well as the thematic sessions where appropriate. Institutions registering Voluntary Commitments are also encouraged to publicize and launch the commitments in the APUF-7 “City Solutions” exhibition space.

The online voluntary commitment platform will be open from 2 September to 15 December 2019 at
Will my Voluntary Commitment be showcased during APUF-7?
If you submit your Voluntary Commitment by 1 October 2019, your Voluntary Commitment may be showcased during the Forum by the organisers, following a selection process.
What should I expect after APUF-7?
APUF 7 Voluntary Commitments, must deliver concrete results by 2022, which corresponds with the mid-term review of the SDGs, the second Quadrennial Report of the UN Secretary General on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and precedes the convening of APUF-8 in 2023. The commitments might extend beyond 2022 but in this case, there should be a specific measurable result of the commitment by the year 2022.

The follow-up progress of APUF-7 Voluntary Commitments will build on collective accountability and self-reporting exercises at the 10th World Urban Forum in February in Abu Dhabi in 2020 as well as the annual Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development hosted by ESCAP every year in March, as well as other regional, national and locals to be determined.

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Partners and Beneficiaries

Linkages to Global Agreements

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