Singapore UN-Habitat International Leaders in Urban Governance Programme (SGUNHiLUGP)

The Singapore-UN-Habitat International Leaders in Urban Governance Programme (SGUNHiLUGP) brings together urban development experts from UN-Habitat and Singapore to share and discuss urban policies, planning and legislations, urban financing, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda as well as Singapore’s successful urban practices and model of urban transformation.

Participants on a learning journey at Singapore River

Participants on a learning journey at Singapore River

Action-planning discussion with urban development experts

Action-planning discussion with urban development experts

Participants on a site visit to Marina Barrage

Site visit to Marina Barrage

Participants sharing on their projects

Participants sharing on their projects

Through learning journeys and action planning sessions, the programme will address the following key issues and more:
  • Integrated urban development planning
  • Urban density and sustainability
  • Dynamic urban governance
  • Sustainable environment
  • Transport and mobility
  • Financing a city
  • Housing

Programme Outline

  • Assist cities to understand financing sources and models to execute projects
  • Encourage cross sector knowledge exchange to develop sustainable cities through integrated long term planning and dynamic urban governance
  • Monitor and evaluate these projects for continuous improvement
  • Promote peer-to-peer learning and networks among city leaders
  • Provide city leaders with the knowledge, skills and tools that will enable them to lead change in their cities’ urban planning, thereby contributing directly to achievement of the SDGs
  • Provide clarity on the SDGs and how to achieve them as well as share Singapore’s Liveability Framework and best practice examples
  • Support cities to plan, innovate and implement projects to catalyse change
  • Support city leaders work through specific project challenges based on best practice

Participants' Testimonials

“It is true that we can’t copy and paste the Singapore experience, but the topics discussed were useful and brought about a change in the way of thinking and overview about planning.”
Ferao Felix Manave, Municipal Secretary, Boane Municipality, Maputo, Mozambique
“Programme provides a platform for comparison with African systems. The structure is right and methodology is very practical and interactive. Programme management and time keeping was great.”
Eunice Kumunga, County Executive Committee Member Land, Housing & Physical Planning, Kiambu, Kenya
“We have been sensitised, we have been refined, educated, we have been remodelled in our ways of thinking and it has taught us so many lessons, which we have picked up through the various lectures and sessions that we have had.”
Edna Deimi Tobi, Deputy Director of Urban and Regional Development, Abuja, Nigeria
“The material given with support of site visits, knowledge sharing, and planning was excellent. Presentations were of high quality with fundamental explanations.”
George Munyaneza, Urban Development Project Co-ordinator, Ministry of Infrastructure, Rwanda 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Participant must come from the following countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  • Participant must come from a city undergoing rapid urbanisation and facing challenges related to the achievement of SDGs

  • Participant to form part of a 2-3 persons teams. Cities are expected to send teams comprising the city leader (mayor, deputy mayor or equivalent with executive responsibilities in urban management) and 1-2 senior officials (at the level of a chief planner, chief engineer, Permanent Secretary/Deputy Secretary/Director General level etc.)

  • Participant must be fluent in spoken and written English

Programme Fees

The organisers will cover the costs of the programme fees for all selected participants, which includes programme materials, official meals, airport transfers, local transport, per diem, hospitalisation insurance and accommodation in Singapore for the nights of 26 Aug – 31 Aug 2018 (6 nights).
Participants are expected to cover the costs of airfare, visa fees, insurance and expenses not stipulated above. 


Cities are expected to send teams comprising a city leader (mayor, deputy mayor or equivalent with executive responsibilities in urban management) and 1-2 senior officials (at the level of a ChiefPlanner, Chief Engineer, Permanent Secretary/Deputy Secretary/Director General level etc. 


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Please email grace_lau@mnd.gov.sg or tan_pei_en@mnd.gov.sg to apply before 30 June 2019, or for more information.