UN-Habitat and GCEOA meet in Nairobi to sign Memorandum of Understanding Amendment for continued collaboration

MOU Signing between UN-Habitat and GCEOA

March 12, 2024

Ongoing strengthened collaboration between UN-Habitat and GCEOA to mobilize and support the growth and evolution of the SDG Cities Global Initiative. 

In the quest for sustainable urban development, data has emerged as a crucial tool reshaping the landscape of modern cities. As urbanization accelerates, harnessing the power of data becomes imperative for fostering sustainable growth and resilience. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) SDG Cities Global Initiative devised a four-track strategy to expedite the local adoption of the SDGs in urban areas. At the forefront of this initiative lies the creation of an advanced digital diagnostic tools platform, poised to equip cities with the ability to evaluate their own capabilities. Over recent years, Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA) has collaborated closely with UN-Habitat to drive the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through digital transformation solutions.  

In a significant step towards strengthening their partnership, the GCEOA and UN-Habitat SDG Cities Global Initiative recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Amendment on February 28th, 2024, between James Donovan, Co-founder, and CEO, ADEC Innovations, and Chairman, Global CEO Alliance Foundation, and Raf Tuts, Director, Global Solutions Division, UN-Habitat. This collaborative endeavor aims to further enhance the capabilities of SDG Cities in their pursuit of sustainable urban development by leveraging digital tools, capacity building opportunities and data-driven approaches. 

The GCEOA has long been at the forefront of supporting SDG Cities in their efforts to harness the power of technology and data to address complex urban challenges. Since their collaboration's launch, GCEOA has played an important role in developing digital tools used for data collection and analysis. Notably, their contribution culminated in the launch of the live version of the Capacity Assessment Toolkit in September 2023. This toolkit marks a significant milestone in empowering SDG Cities members to assess their own capacities effectively, thereby facilitating informed decision-making and strategic planning processes. 

One of the key highlights of the MOU Amendment is the commitment to further refine and expand the existing suite of digital tools developed by GCEOA for the benefit of cities. This includes the development of advanced data analytics capabilities, enhanced visualization tools, and tailored solutions to address specific urban challenges faced by SDG Cities members.

Furthermore, SDG Cities is creating a set of e-learning courses aimed at enhancing institutional capacity within cities. In a strategic partnership with CIFAL Lebanon through GCEOA, this collaboration is poised to complement the comprehensive capacity development package offered by SDG Cities. Together, they aim to fortify cities with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively contribute to sustainable development goals.

Looking ahead, the signing of the MOU Amendment marks a significant milestone in the ongoing partnership between GCEOA and SDG Cities Global Initiative. As they continue to work hand in hand towards the common goal of building more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive cities, their combined efforts are poised to leave a lasting impact on urban development efforts around the globe.