Urbanisation is a crucial driver of economic growth in ASEAN, yet rapid urbanisation can make it difficult for urban infrastructure development to keep pace, giving rise to issues such as economic inequality, congestion, and environmental and health problems. To maintain the benefit of urbanisation, ASEAN cities need to take a proactive, coherent approach in ensuring that adequate and sustainable urban infrastructure are in place.
The ASEAN Sustainable Urbanisation Strategy (ASUS) is one of the initiatives under the strategic area of Sustainable Infrastructure of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025. It provides ASEAN cities with a framework of sustainable urbanisation based on six areas, namely civic and social, health and well-being, security, quality environment, built infrastructures, industry and innovation. It consists of this report as well as two accompanying toolkits that will assist local governments in ASEAN to advance sustainable urbanisation in their cities.