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 ProjectEvents
August 24, 2020

UNDRR GETI, UNOSSC & PAHO Joint Online Training: Making Cities Resilient – 08 September – 06 October

UNDRR GETI, UNOSSC & PAHO Joint Online Training: Making Cities Resilient: Developing & Implementing Local Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies to Respond to COVID-19 & Better Prepare for the Future: When:…
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August 11, 2020

Webinar Series: SSC & TrC Among Cities on Cross-border E-commerce & Digital Innovation for Sustainable Development

The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), through its Cities Project and the China Association of Trade in Services (CATIS) are jointly organizing a series of webinars focusing on…
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August 10, 2020

South-South Cooperation in Crypto Crowdfunding for PPE Mobilization for West Africa

10 August 2020, New York – 250,000 disposable surgical masks mobilized by the Finance Center for South-South Cooperation (FCSSC) together with its partners for the West African Health Organization (WAHO)…
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August 10, 2020

International Youth Day 2020: Webinar on SSC: Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation for SDGs

Co-organized by UNOSSC and Phoenix TV Odyssey of the Dragon When: Wednesday, 12 August, 8am NY Time; 8pm Beijing Time How to access: UNOSSC YouTube Channel (Part-1; Part-2) South-South Galaxy…
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August 10, 2020

UNOSSC Concludes Youth Dialogue on Innovation and Entrepreneurship with Partners and Young People

Co-organized by UNOSSC and Phoenix TV Odyssey of the Dragon 13 August, New York – Under the umbrella of the Youth Dialogues Series co-launched by the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s…
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August 7, 2020

China-based NGO Donates Masks to Support Frontline Health Workers in Koidu, Sierra Leone

6 August, New York – Under the mobilization and coordination of the UNOSSC and its Cities Project team in Beijing, 2,000 disposable sterile masks donated by the China Association of…
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August 7, 2020

South-South Solidarity for COVID-19 Responses: Shenzhen-based NGO Donates 20,000 Masks to West Africa

6 August, New York – Facilitated by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), the Shenzhen Federation of Youth Entrepreneurship Promotion pledged a donation of 20,000 disposable surgical masks…
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August 5, 2020

Webinar: Travel South Over Cloud – South-South Cooperation on Leveraging Digitalization for the Recovery and Growth of Tourism

When: Friday, 7 August 2020 (8 am New York Time) How to access: UNOSSC YouTube Channel, Bilibili (Part 1; Part 2; Part 3)and  FengShow Background & Objectives COVID-19 has been bringing significant challenges…
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