What is the 12th Asia Pacific City Summit?

Purpose of the Summit

Urbanization is advancing throughout the world. It is expected that about 70% of the world's population will live in cities by 2050, and as a result, cities will face numerous challenges. The role of cities has become more crucial.

The importance of sustainable urbanization is also promoted by the United Nations, such as in the "2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development", a plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity, and the "New Urban Agenda (NUA)", a global framework for resolving issues regarding urbanization and human settlements.

On this occasion, Fukuoka City and UN-Habitat ROAP-Fukuoka will co-host the Asian-Pacific City Summit under the theme of "Sustainable Cities and Communities". In light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the centerpiece of the 2030 Agenda, we will seek to solve urban issues through measures such as inter-city collaboration.

New Challenges of the Asian-Pacific City Summit

3 challenges for 12th Summit in 2018


Challenge Ⅰ

UN × SDGs × Cities United to Solve Urban Issues

  • Exchange advanced information and knowledge on SDGs

    Fukuoka City will co-host the Summit with UN-Habitat, the UN agency working for community development. Participants will be able to get the latest information from experts on SDGs and the New Urban Agenda. This includes specific and valuable insight which cannot be gained at other international conferences, through discussions with experts and leaders of other cities.

  • Offer new approaches for urban development towards sustainable cities

    In order to address increasingly complex urban issues, participants will be able to obtain specific ideas and solutions for future urban development through detailed discussions on the latest technology and urban development with experts in these areas. Participating mayors will give presentations on best practices of urban development towards sustainable cities.

  • Disseminate good practices and state-of-the-world technologies to international society

    Good practices for urban development solutions in Asia, initiatives of each city and the results of the Summit will be disseminated to the world, and the UN Headquarters, through the versatile global network of UN-Habitat ROAP-Fukuoka.

    UN-HabitatAsia Pacific City Summit

Challenge Ⅱ

Concurrent International Conferences held by the UN, MLIT, and Fukuoka City

  • Synergy effect created via three international conferences held concurrently

    Coinciding with the Asian-Pacific City Summit, two international conferences regarding urban development are scheduled to be held. The United Nations, national governments, and representatives of cities will gather to discuss sustainable development from their respective viewpoints. Participants will be able to bring more meaningful urban solutions back home.

    UN, MLIT, and Fukuoka City

    • 1. Global Symposium on Urban and Territorial Planning
      • Organizer: UN-Habitat
      • Target: National Governments
      • Contents: Review the implementation progress of the Guidelines, Promote the global implementation of the Guidelines
    • 2. Meeting on Spatial Planning Platform
      • Organizer: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Government of Japan, UN-Habitat ROAP-Fukuoka
      • Target: National Governments, International Organizations, Local Governments, Private Companies, etc.
      • Contents: Share information on spatial planning, Support for the formulation of plans

Challenge Ⅲ

New Matchmaking Opportunities for Cities, Companies, and National Governments

  • Offer matchmaking opportunities with Japanese companies with advanced technique and expertise

    In order to solve urban issues, cities, companies and national governments need to work together. Asian-Pacific City Summit will provide opportunities to solve issues facing each city through networking and matchmaking for Japanese companies with advanced technique and expertise, participating cities, and national governments.

  • Offer opportunities to start new projects for urban development solutions through the Asian-Pacific City Summit

    To address issues which one city cannot solve alone, organizations such as JICA and the World Bank will provide the latest information on their ongoing projects and support systems to solve urban issues in the future. Long-term initiatives are necessary in devising urban development solutions. Going forward, the Asian-Pacific City Summit will follow up with participating cities to see what their solutions are, after the 12th Summit’ s conclusion.



The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP)-Fukuoka was established in August 1997. The office serves the Asia and Pacific region in the implementation of the Habitat Agenda. Through its strengthened presence in the region, UN-HABITAT benefits from the closeness to governments and other partners in the region. The location of the Office in the region has improved the effectiveness of UN-HABITAT and reduced costs of being operational in the region.

The primary responsibility for the implementation and follow up of the Habitat Agenda rests with individual governments and their national and local partners. The UN-HABITAT ROAP-Fukuoka provides support to their efforts, and monitors progress being made in the region. The tasks of the Office cover many aspects of human settlement development and reflect the mandate of UN-HABITAT. The responsibilities combine operational activities (development projects and programmes) and normative activities (advocacy and policy guidance) and include the Campaigns for Secure Tenure and Good Urban Governance.

UN-Habitat Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) - Fukuoka


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the 2030 Agenda) is a set of international development goals from 2016 to 2030, which was adopted by the UN Sustainable Development Summit held in September 2015 building on the success of Millennium Development Goals. The 2030 Agenda listed “Sustainable Development Goals” consisting of 17 goals and 169 targets in order to eradicate poverty and realize a sustainable world. SDGs are universal goals applicable, not only to developing countries but also developed countries, and pledge “No One is Left Behind” through the implementation process.


Goal 11 of the SDGs
Goal 11 of the SDGs is “Sustainable Cities and Communities (Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable)”. It aims to ensure that all have access to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services by 2030.

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