How VLRs Contribute to Urban Resilience

20. October 11:00 - 12:15

Key to the successful localization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the monitoring, evaluation, and reporting process of development policies, and generation of sustainable and investable projects, and initiatives that cities undertake. The aim of this session is to discuss challenges and opportunities for achieving urban-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through the integration of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) and Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs) applied to Urban Resilience.


Iryna Zapatrina

Chairwoman of Ukrainian PPP Development Center, founder of PPP Academy (Ukraine), Edu4Bis B.V. (the Netherlands)

Iryna Zapatrina, Chairwoman of Ukrainian PPP Development Center, founder of PPP Academy (Ukraine), Edu4Bis B.V. (the Netherlands)

Ph.D. in economics, Doctorate in economics (finance), Professor (finance) Senior PPP and PIM Consultant of the World Bank, EBRD, UNDP, USAID, the Laureate of the State Prize in the Field of Science & Technics of Ukraine, the former Deputy-Minister of Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine (2007-2010), Deputy-director of Scientific Financial Institute under the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine (2005-2007).

Author of 150 scientific & analytical publications on Finance, Infrastructure Development and PPPs including the monograph “Public-Private Partnership for Sustainable Development Goals” (2017). The correspondent from Ukraine in European Procurement & Public Private Partnerships Law Review (EPPPL). 

Yu Namba

Professor at Toyo PPP School and a UNECE PPP specialist

Yu Namba, Professor at Toyo PPP School and a UNECE PPP specialist

Professor Yu Namba with a master’s in economics from Toyo University and a bachelor’s in mass communication and Media studies from Towson University is a PPP Professor at Toyo PPP School and a UNECE PPP specialist. Her areas of research and education cover Public Finance, Public Economics, Public Private Partnership, Case Studies, Public Management, Local Development, public procurement and Sustainable Development Strategies.

Her papers cover small-scale PPP implementation models, PPP financing models, city operation outsourcing, public service benefits and tax burdens, road pricing, procurement models and etc. In her books, we learn about PPP and Social Value, Public Engagement, and Public Real Estate. As a professor, she lectures on City management, PPP case studies, Balance budget practices, PPP theories etc. Outside of the university, her interests always lays in local-level PPP implementations and economic developments. 

She has been at the forefront of aligning academia with applied research that results in incubating sustainable PPPs that become agents of positive transformation. The two most notorious examples are the regional development of Butuan in the Philippines and the Revitalization of Shiwa in Japan.

Marta Gomes

SDG Councilwoman from Mafra Municipality

Marta Gomes, SDG Councilwoman from Mafra Municipality

SDG Councilwoman from Mafra Municipality, Marta Gomes has a Biochemical Engineer degree from Instituto Superior Técnico of the Lisbon University and post-graduated in management and negotiation at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa and at the Instituto Superior Técnico.

In 2016, Marta Gomes created a company specialized in microbial monitoring and the prevention and control of Legionella, focused on water management and Legionella and other waterborne bacteria prevention and control.

In 2021, Marta Gomes was elected Municipal Councillor of The Municipality Mafra and has assumed the SDG localization and developed the MAFRA VLR approved unanimously by the municipal assembly. She is responsible for implementation portfolios, water and sanitation; water courses; and Climate Change.


Pedro Mateus das Neves

Founder & CEO of Global Solutions 4U based on Sustainable Development

Pedro Mateus das Neves, Founder & CEO of Global Solutions 4U based on Sustainable Development

Pedro Mateus das Neves founded and is CEO of Global Solutions 4U based on Sustainable Development, a consulting firm specializing in SDGs, ESG Investing, Financial Innovation, and Partnerships for Urban and Regional Development. His professional experience includes planning, designing, and implementing Sustainable Development Policies, having originated and managed more than €10billion in investment projects through partnerships in more than 250 cities and 80 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

With a degree in Engineering from the University of Porto, a postgraduate degree in Private Equity and Venture Capital from the Harvard Business School, and a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Lisbon, is a specialist in Sustainable Development, Implementation of the SDGs, Smart & Sustainable Cities, and Financial Innovation. University Professor and Researcher at Toyo in Tokyo; Tsinghua in Beijing and Shenzhen; Geneva; ParisTech; IESE Business School in Barcelona; Luanda and Lisbon. Since 2017, he has published 41 articles, working papers, and book chapters in English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese, covering the themes of SDGs, partnerships, financial innovation & and ESG investing, and cities.