Cities actively promote local economic development by creating employment opportunities that build on the comparative advantages and unique qualities of their localities. The choices cities make to create an enabling environment for development and growth should depend on dialogue and partnership among local-level stakeholders. UNDP has worked with local authorities to provide governance and economic development support. The Integrated Framework for Local Governance and Local Development developed by UNDP, UN Capital Development Fund and UN Volunteer, focuses on the key role of subnational authorities and actors in development and promotes dialogue and consensus-building platforms where the public and private sectors, civil society, academic and research institutions are actively engaged in planning and using local resources in a sustainable manner. The interlinked elements of the approach are:
Effective multi-level governance for territorial development
Equitable, effective and sustainable delivery of goods and services
Inclusive decision-making processes involving women and men
Secure, stable and peaceful environment for development where rule of law prevails
The sustainable use and management of natural resources
Increased economic opportunities and jobs for women and men
Design of resilient, low-carbon economic activities to reduce emissions and adverse effects of climate change.