UN-Habitat join forces with SIF to build inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable cities.

SIF is pleased to announce the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with UN-Habitat supporting cities in the preparation of infrastructure projects compliant with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN-Habitat works in over 90 countries to promote transformative change in cities and human settlements through knowledge, policy advice, technical assistance and collaborative action. UN-Habitat collaborates with governments, intergovernmental, UN agencies, civil society organizations, foundations, academic institutions and the private sector to achieve enduring results in addressing the challenges of urbanization.

“The multilateral platform SOURCE will support the upstream preparation and evaluation of projects against UN-Habitat’s SDG Project Assessmentto support cities to build inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable infrastructure”  Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

The Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation, (SIF), is a nonprofit foundation based in Geneva, which coordinates the provision of SOURCE, the multilateral platform for sustainable infrastructure led and funded by the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), and supports the development of well-prepared projects to bridge the infrastructure gap and governments digitalization agenda.

UN-Habitat and SIF will collaborate to the incorporation of the SOURCE platform as a tool to assess the readiness of prospective projects of the Cities Investment facility (CIF) and validate their relation to the SDGs. The collaboration will aim to support the upstream preparation and evaluation of projects entering the CIF pipeline at different stages by:


  • providing public project promoters engaged with CIF with an access to SOURCE platform and training webinars;
  • incorporating UN-Habitat’s SDG Project Assessment Tool into the SOURCE platform as a mechanism for self-assessing the extent to which projects meet the SDGs, enabling the identification of relevant sustainability perspectives of projects in a simple and structured approach;
  • developing a pipeline of major projects in the field of sustainable urban development and strengthening the digital marketplace of SOURCE and CIF, based on their complementarity; and
  • establishing SOURCE as a vehicle to enhance sub-national, SDG responsive investment by the further development of SOURCE templates for use at the city level.