In the year 2010, the Spanish Ministry for Foreign Affairs expressed its financial commitment of EUR 6.8 million (approximately USD 9 million) to support the strengthening of UN‐Habitat’s substantive work in the strategic priority areas announced by the Executive Director.
UN-Habitat has identified specific entry points that will allow it to help its clients and partners cope more effectively with the rapid pace of urbanization and also maximize the benefits that come with it. The overarching goal of this global programme ‘Achieving Sustainable Urban Development’ (ASUD) is to increase UN-Habitat’s capacity to effectively support member states in achieving sustainable urbanization. This support will focus on the areas of planning, mobility, energy, governance and legislation, and economy and finance – all at the urban level.
The selection of these areas as strategic entry points is based on the new strategic direction and priorities, experiences from UN-Habitat field projects and results from global research on sustainable urban development. The same areas have also been prioritized in the UN-Habitat Country Programme Documents, developed jointly by national and local authorities in 32 countries.
ASUD is being piloted in five countries: Colombia, The Philippines, Mozambique, Egypt and Rwanda.