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

Project Scope and Focus

The 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. The 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.

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Recent Knowledge Products

Cities Project Knowledge Products
April 30, 2021

Training Report: Cross-border E-commerce & Digital Innovation

Training Report: SSC & TrC Among Cities on Cross-border E-commerce & Digital Innovation for Sustainable Development E-commerce is an effective instrument with which developing countries can unlock the opportunities offered…
Cities Project Knowledge Products
April 21, 2021

Cities Project 2020 Highlights

Background 2020 was a very challenging year. The global pandemic has brought to the surface the immense resource gap between different countries around the world, and the overall fragility of…
Cities Project Knowledge Products
April 21, 2021

Training Report: Travel South over Cloud

Training Report: Travel South over Cloud South-South Cooperation in Promoting Tourism for Sustainable Development Against the Backdrop of COVID-19 Recovery The COVID-19 crisis is a major shock for the most…
Cities Project Knowledge Products
April 21, 2021

Training Report: Transforming the Cities by Developing Business and Enhancing the Service Sector

Between 3 and 6 November, 2020, mayors and deputy mayors of 35 mid-sized cities in Uzbekistan completed online training on Transforming Cities by Developing Business and Enhancing the Service Sector,…

Recent News & Pilot Projects

Cities ProjectNews
April 30, 2021

Call for Submissions: Innovative Experiences of Cities on Environmental Sustainability and Climate Action, Deadline 5 June 2021

Context Home to the majority of humankind, cities are at the forefront of tackling climate change and promoting environmental sustainability. Rising sea levels and extreme weather events such as floods,…
Cities Project COVID-19 NewslettersCities Project Knowledge Products
April 21, 2021

Cities Project Special Newsletter, January 2021 – From South to South

The COVID-19 pandemic is a massive challenge for cities and local administrations on the front lines, rich and poor alike. Cities are currently being tested to the extreme by this…
Cities ProjectNews
April 5, 2021

China Cross-Border E-Commerce Trade Fair Concludes in “Digital Fuzhou” City

Opening Session featured knowledge and insights from 12 Southern Countries. Representative from the Brazilian Embassy in China introducing e-commerce in Brazil. Source: China Cross-border E-commerce Trade Fair 29 March 2021,…
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 ProjectDRR NewsGSSDCNews
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 ProjectEventsWebinars
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 ProjectDRR NewsNews
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 ProjectEventsWebinars
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…

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