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What is the Urban Learning Center?

The Urban Learning Center (ULC) brings new learning and networking opportunities within the M4EG network and beyond providing and enabling learning ecosystem. This includes a new generation of Local Economic Development Plans, moving from a linear project to a ‘portfolio of options’ approach to tackling complex challenges, and innovation mentoring and seed-funds.

The ULC intends to introduce approaches beyond ‘business as usual’ with a range of tools and approaches with an ‘urban makeover’ intention, including such things as foresight, social and community listening, sensemaking, adaptive and agile management, learning and monitoring effects, all with a strong focus on local solutions linked to the global objectives set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its framework of SDGs.

Launching soon

Pathways for Economic Growth P4EG
Smarter and Inclusive Cities 
Green and Just Transition
Introduction to Community Listening 

Learning Needs Assessment Survey


To better understand and meet your learning needs as part of the M4EG community, we asked  your say to help co-create the structure and content of learning on the ULC. We are pleased to announce that the survey results are now available. 

Knowledge Bank

The ULC offers a curated selection of educational resources, tailored to introduce learners to the critical trends and ideas transforming municipal development. Our courses are specially designed to enhance skills in local economic development planning, providing municipalities and government officials with innovative strategies for building resilient, forward-thinking communities. Delve deeper with our specialized courses on key topics like Smarter and Inclusive Cities, and Green and Just Transition. These in-depth programs offer a thorough learning experience, preparing you to effectively navigate and shape the future of urban environments.

Enroll in the course Foundations for Future Readiness available in:
Armenian, Azerbaijani, English, Georgian, Romanian, Russian and Ukrainian


Download the course in PDF here. 

Watch the video below to learn more about the course. 

Pathways for Economic Growth (P4EG)

Launching soon


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News and events

Eastern Partnership Mayors gather in Batumi, Georgia, to look into future-fit cities prospects


4 October 2023, BATUMI – More than 200 participants from Eastern Partnership cities convened in Batumi, Georgia, for a two-day urban forum organized by the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) of the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and partners. The forum – titled “Future-Fit Cities” – focused on how to tackle complex municipal issues by building green, inclusive and resilient cities, capable of leveraging public-private finances to boost growth and innovation.



M4EG: Reflections on a Journey Toward Sustainable Urban Development


It’s been three years of EU and UNDP partnership in orchestrating the Mayors for Economic Growth (M4EG) initiative in the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine). Below we take stock of how our three main work streams have supported local authorities in the following areas: 1) creating spaces to learn from each other, 2) adapting to new realities and improving crisis response, and 3) delving deep into finding a municipality’s best local fit for sustainable economic development.



Tweets from @UNDPEurasia 

Upcoming events
in the community

Event:  Arab Forum for Sustainable Development 2024

The Mayors for Economic Growth (M4EG)

is a joint EU & UNDP initiative to support Mayors and their teams in the Eastern Partnership region.  The M4EG takes a 'hyperlocal' and whole-of-place approach. There are no quick fixes for complex challenges - how is your municipality investing in continuous learning, experimentation, and collaboration to be more #futureready?

Contact Us


contact us

Armenia: Zhirayr Edilyan
Azerbaijan: Javid Mammadov
Georgia: Tinatin Tkeshelashvili
Moldova: Valentin Croitoru
Ukraine: Mustafa Sait-Ametov
UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub:
Tina Stoum  Semira Osmanovic



Armenia: Tatevik Davtyan
Azerbaijan: Ramila Aslanova
Georgia: Irakli Khmaladze
Moldova: Aurica Butnari 
Ukraine: Iryna HubaretsStanislav Toshkov


Brussels: Thibault Charlet