Programmes & Projects


About Urban-Act 


The Asia-Pacific region is experiencing rapid urbanisation, with over 3 billion people expected to live in cities by 2050. Urban areas contribute to 75% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, and this share is expected to increase further. Asian cities also face growing climate change impacts, posing risks to the population, environment, and local economy. While Urban-Act partner countries are committed to their NDCs and national urban policies, barriers exist in managing a successful transition to sustainable and climate-friendly urban development. Challenges include ineffective coordination, limited access to climate information, and insufficient capacities for identifying solutions, preparing climate actions, and accessing finance. 


Urban-Act aims to support and enable conditions the transformation towards low-carbon and resilient urban development as well as contribute to the implementation of national climate change targets and the Sustainable Development Goals in the Urban-Act partner countries such as China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines. 

Expected Outcomes

  1. Improved institutional environments for climate-sensitive urban development. 
  2. Identifying evidence-based and inclusive climate-sensitive spatial and urban planning
  3. Project concepts for urban climate action investment
  4. Enhanced knowledge through regional networking, exchange, and learning. 

The project approach is deeply rooted in the context of the five partner countries and aims to improve existing policy and regulatory frameworks to ensure sustainable outcomes. Urban-Act is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) fund for the period from April 2022 to September 2026. The project consists of 15 consortia. 

UCLG ASPAC is part of the regional consortium and on August 10, it launched the project with selected Indonesian pilot cities and kicked off the implementation. 

Financed by

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)

Project Duration

April 2022 to September 2026


Principle Hashtags are:

  • #UrbanAct
  • #JointAction
  • #BetterUrbanFuture 
  • #IKI #IKI_germany
  • #smartcities 

Complementary Hashtags: 

  • #ClimateFriendly
  • #InclusiveUrbanDevelopment 
  • #ResilientCities 
  • #LowCarbonCities 
  • #EvidenceBasedApproach 
  • #Sustainable Development 
  • #SDGs #SDG11 #SDG9
  • #AsiaPacific
  • #UrbanOctober (edit the name of the month

Contact Person: 

  1. Helmi Abidin
    Project Manager
  2. Cemara Dinda
    PR and Communications