About Cities Alliance

Cities Alliance is the global partnership supporting cities to deliver sustainable development.


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As global populations and urban economies expand, managing cities and providing opportunities for all citizens is essential to national prosperity, international progress, and stability.

Most solutions are well known: Clear and consistent national policies, strong and stable institutions, accountable and well-resourced local governments, universal access to essential services, an inclusive approach to development, and well-informed and engaged citizens.  However, most rapidly-urbanising cities have neither the resources nor the authority to deliver their mandates.

To help cities of all sizes achieve these goals, the Cities Alliance promotes long-term programmatic approaches that support national and local governments to develop appropriate policy frameworks, strengthen local skills and capacity, undertake strategic city planning, and facilitate investment.  Successful cities engage meaningfully with their citizens, and they recognise and promote the role of women

The Cities Alliance is managed through a Secretariat based in Brussels and is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). Through UNOPS, the Cities Alliance operates a Multi-Donor Fund supported by an efficient, flexible grant-making mechanism with global reach.


 Photo: Charlotte Hallqvist, Cities Alliance