Asia-Pacific regional guidelines on voluntary local reviews: reviewing local progress to accelerate action for the Sustainable Development Goals

As countries strive to build back better post COVID-19, sustainable urbanization can make cities change agents on solving the persistent problems of climate crisis, unsustainable resource use, widespread inequality, discrimination and injustice in the Asia-Pacific region. The Asia-Pacific Regional Guidelines on Voluntary Local Reviews, launched by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Penang Platform for Sustainable Urbanisation (PPSU), highlights the critical role local leaders and city governments play in action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).