Cities Project: Maritime-Continental Silk Road Cities for Sustainable Development

Project Scope and Focus

United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) initiated the South-South and Triangular Cooperation(SSTC)among Maritime-Continental Silk Road Cities for Sustainable Development Project (Cities Project) in 2017. This project aims to promote SSTC at the city level taking advantage of the strategic opportunities offered by the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Cities Project aligns its support with the engagement and ownership of local authorities and stakeholders. It is designed to provide streamlined services which include demand-driven needs assessment, capacity development, advisory and advocacy, knowledge and technology transfer, expertise exchange, and implementation and co-financing.

The overall objective is to support and incubate thematic and sectoral pilot projects. By the end of 2018, there were close to 50 cities and institutions from Africa, Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, and the Europe and the CIS regions that joined to partner with the Cities Project platform and network. These include: China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV), as well as other institutional partners from within and beyond the United Nations system are directly or indirectly support the Cities Project implementation.

Recent News & Pilot Projects

Cities ProjectNews
February 11, 2021

Beirut City Receives 200,000 Protective Masks from the Finance Center for South-South Cooperation

11 February, New York – 200,000 disposable masks donated by the Finance Center for South-South Cooperation (FCSSC) to Beirut City, Lebanon, with the coordination and facilitation efforts of the UNOSSC…
Cities ProjectGSSDCNews
January 15, 2021

International Center on Small Hydro Power and Partners Donate 240,000 Masks for COVID-19 Response

The International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP) is a is a public and non-profit institution directly under auspices of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and China’s Ministry of…
Cities ProjectEventsWebinar page link posts
January 13, 2021

Webinar: Travel South over Cloud – China-Mexico South-South Experience Exchange, 15 January 2021

Travel South over Cloud China-Mexico South-South Experience Exchange: Promoting Inclusive and Sustainable Tourism Development in Cities When: Pre-recorded event. Available on Friday, 15 January 2021, 7:00am (New York Time) How…
Cities ProjectNews
December 24, 2020

South-South Partnership for COVID-19 Responses

South-South Partnership for COVID-19 Responses: UNOSSC Cities Project and UNDP Nepal Facilitate International Center on Small Hydropower’s Donation of Surgical Masks to Nepalese Cities and Partner 24 December 2020, New…
Cities ProjectEventsWebinar page link posts
December 18, 2020

Webinar: Travel South Over Cloud – Showcasing Good Practices in Promoting Creative Economy & E-commerce for Tourism Recovery from COVID-19

When: Pre-recorded event. Available on Sunday, 20 December 2020, 7:00am (New York Time) How to access: Recording will be available in English through UNOSSC YouTube and BibiBili channels. Recordings in…
Cities ProjectEvents
November 19, 2020

Webinar: Leveraging Digital Innovation in Promoting Tourism Development in World Heritage Cities, 22 November 2020

When: Pre-recorded event. Available 22 November 2020, 7:00AM New York time Where: Full recording in Chinese available on Fengzhibo and Fengshow. Full recording in English available on YouTube and BiliBili.…
Cities ProjectNews
November 11, 2020

35 Cities in Uzbekistan benefit from UNOSSC Cities Project Urban Development Workshop

On 6 November 2020, mayors and deputy mayors of 35 mid-sized cities in Uzbekistan completed an online training on transforming cities by developing business and enhancing the service sector, supported…
Capacity Development InitiativesCities ProjectPublications
November 3, 2020

Human Settlements: COVID-19 and Healthy City

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis demands that we Southern countries and cities work together and learn from each other's experiences. As emphasized by Ms Xiaojun Grace Wang, Deputy Director of the…