URBAN PATHWAYS: Supporting low-emission plans for basic urban services in the context of the New Urban Agenda

The project supported the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the NDCs within the framework of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the SDGs. It also supported national and local governments in key emerging economies with high mitigation potential in developing national action plans and concrete local implementation concepts to promote sustainable and low-emission urban development. The action plans summarised the political, technical, socio-economic and financial feasibility, while the local implementation concepts were further developed into bankable projects, with the focus on access to basic urban services. This process was then replicated at regional level through policy development, implementation support, advice for stakeholders and financing mechanisms.

Project data

Brazil, India, Kenya, Viet Nam
IKI funding
3,499,544.30 €
10/2017 till 11/2022
Implementing organisation
Political Partner
  • City of Belo Horizonte - Brazil
  • Corporation of Cochin - India
  • Energy Regulation Commission - Kenya
  • Ministry of Environment - Brazil
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) - Viet Nam
  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy - India
  • Ministry of Regional Development - Brazil
  • Ministry of Transport - Viet Nam
  • Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development - Kenya
  • Nairobi City County (Water, Energy, Forestry, Environment and Natural Resources) - Kenya
  • National Environment Management Authority (NEMA-KENYA) - Kenya
  • National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)
Implementing Partner
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
  • Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy GmbH - Germany

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed.
  • 30 concepts and action plans co-developed for low-carbon energy, mobility and resource solutions for over 20 partner cities.
  • 14 pilot and demonstration projects being implemented in Kochi (India), Belo-Horizonte (Brazil), Nairobi (Kenya), Hanoi (Vietnam), Kathmandu (Nepal), Pasig (Philippines), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Kigali (Rwanda), Quito (Ecuador) and Montevideo (Uruguay).
  • Capacity building and innovation partnership launched and over 4000 local and national policy makers, practitioners, stakeholders and NGO representatives trained on the mitigation potential of sustainable urban basic services measures.
  • More than 30 Factsheets, policy papers and guidelines developed on urban mobility, energy, resource and planning issues
  • National Urban Mobility Policy and Investment Guidelines and Waste Wise Cities Tool launched in cooperation with partner projects
  • Outreach and policy dialogue at the Conference of the Parties (COP 23, COP 24, COP 25, COP 26, COP 27), World Urban Forum (WUF), UN Environment and Habitat Assemblies.
  • Establishment of an Urban Living Lab Collaborating Center with the Technical University Berlin, Wuppertal Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and UN-Habitat and establishment of thematic and regional training hubs with partner universities in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
  • More than 10 city exchanges organized on low carbon mobility and solid waste management.

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