Today, more than half of ASEAN people live in urban areas and an additional 70 million people are forecast to live in ASEAN cities by 2025, making sustainable and inclusive urbanisation a key priority to achieve the objectives of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and to raise the living standards of local communities. ASEAN Member States (AMS) recognise the crucial role of urbanisation for sustainable development and have enacted a pro-active approach to support cities’ endeavors.
The ASEAN Sustainable Urbanisation Forum (ASUF) represents a key ASEAN initiative to support the establishment of a multi-stakeholder eco-system for knowledge sharing and policy development. ASUF builds on the guidelines of the ASEAN Sustainable Urbanisation Strategy (ASUS) as the key driver to encourage a constructive dialogue around the priority areas for sustainable urban development across ASEAN.
ASUF presents the opportunity to come together to further connectivity and partnerships and share experiences and lessons learned on sustainable urban solutions in alignment with the New Urban Agenda toward the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in ASEAN.
ASUF is envisaged as an inclusive platform to engage with a broad range of stakeholders, starting from ASEAN cities and including relevant ministries and government agencies across AMS, multi-lateral organisations, private sector, financial institutions, NGOs, academia, associations and experts from relevant networks.
ASUF aimed to build on findings and guidance of ASUS. ASUS identified 6 areas and 18 sub-areas of sustainable urbanisation and it further refined the focus on the most relevant 7 priority sub-areas that applied across ASEAN.
The thematic sessions focused on the identified priorities for ASEAN cities, providing the opportunity to expand and enrich the discussion with perspective and experiences of the participants.