2019 UN Habitat World Urban Forum Open Call for Urban Development Projects

Deadline: September 30, 2019.

The 10th Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) will be a momentous occasion for all stakeholders in sustainable urbanization to come together, join forces and build new partnerships. The Cities Investment Platform, launched at WUF10, aims to bring together cities with investors, foster new partnerships and provide opportunities to make sustainable urbanization investable.

Financing the delivery of the SDGs requires new approaches to project development and resource mobilisation. Through this open callĀ UN-Habitat would like to invite local and regional governments to submit their investable projects for consideration in the First Cities Investment Platform.



This open call is aimed at local and regional governments. Participating cities are invited to submit one project for consideration in this call. This open call is for multiple city government departments including: planning, finance and public works and city manager/mayor.



  • Projects should have already undergone preliminary scoping, supported by a strong business case/plan and some feasibility studies
  • Clear connection to an existing/approved masterplan/urban development plan for the city
  • Expected investment requirement of at least $20 million
  • Preference given to projects based in cities in low or middle-income countries
  • Priority will be given to projects that present evidence of support from multiple levels of government and/or some committed public funding
  • The project can be in any sustainable urban development sector including, but not limited to: Affordable housing, Urban infill & public space, Transport & mobility, Roads & bridges, Slum upgrading, Waste management, Water & sanitation and Energy



Participating cities will:

  • Have the opportunity to refine and turn existing projects into bankable investments
  • Gain experience in pitching to the international investment community
  • Engage at a high level with international organisations
  • Gain exposure to multiple development communities
  • Receive feedback on their direction from experts, practitioners including business and investors




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