Asia-Pacific Mayors Academy Fellowship Programme 2020

Asia-Pacific Mayors Academy Fellowship Programme 2020

Deadline: August 21, 2020

Applications are open for the Asia-Pacific Mayors Academy Fellowship Programme 2020. The Academy Fellowship is designed for newly-elected or appointed mayors/governors in the Asia-pacific region.

City mayors will benefit from a robust and practical curriculum developed to provide the latest knowledge, tools and resources available to support cities, delivered by regional and global experts on urban sustainability. The Academy will draw on the multi-disciplinary expertise from the initiative’s partners, including academic and research institutions, regional technical initiatives, local government networks, and the United Nations system, as well as current and former mayors.


Mayors need to commit to:

  • ​Actively participating in “the boot camp” and peer-exchange events (trainings, meetings, discussion and research).
  • Collaborate with the other mayors and participate in the peer-to-peer activities of the Academy.
  • Be part of the follow-up and evaluation process of the boot camp.
  • Academy alumni are expected to return as resource persons and expert speakers in future academies.
  • Commitment to promoting sustainable urban development in her/his city, which will contribute to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Adopting sustainable urban development as a priority to be addressed through inclusive, evidence-based and integrated policies, investment plans and actions.


The selected mayors can expect to:

  • Be part of an executive level, peer-to-peer learning space to support mayors to develop potential subject-matter-related partnerships and collaborative actions;
  • Join a network of ‘Mayors for Sustainability’ to connect with regional initiatives and platforms to raise awareness, accelerate actions and strengthen regional cooperation;
  • Increase their knowledge in designing, planning and managing sustainable urban development, including sustainable and inclusive city growth, integrated infrastructure, adapting to climate risks, natural resources consumption, local investment plans, land and legal mechanisms for sustainable urban development;
  • Increase knowledge on the global development agendas and international frameworks and their relevance to Asia-Pacific cities.
  • Access resources supporting cities in Asia Pacific, including the United Nations system, regional networks, technical support programmes and research institutions/academia.


  • Candidates must be a newly-elected or appointed mayor/governor, typically in the first third of the term;
  • Must commit to attending all scheduled components of the Academy (to be determined annually for each class);
  • Be located in a member or associate member State of UN ESCAP;
  • Fluency in English will be considered in the selection criteria. For Academy sessions to be held at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok, it is possible (but not guaranteed) that simultaneous interpretation for some languages (e.g. Bahasa Indonesian, Chinese, Russian) may be available should multiple participants be selected for the Academy.

Selection Criteria

Fellows will be selected based on established criteria, including age, gender and sub-regional balance.

The selection committee will be composed by UN ESCAP, UN-Habitat and UCLG-ASPAC, the United Nations University-Institute for Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). Mentors could be identified to support in the selection process, as well as in the preparatory process of those mayors selected to be part of the Academy.


Applicants should send the application form to [email protected] with copy to [email protected] and [email protected]

Download the application form

For more information, visit Academy Fellowship.