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.

By the end of 2020, over 200 cities and institutions from Africa, Arab States, Asia and Pacific and the Europe and the CIS regions actively participated in Cities Project network activities, and their development solutions and innovative experiences have been showcased. Over 40 knowledge sharing and capacity development initiatives and webinars were organized in 2020, which received over 3.3 million live views globally, and connected over 1000 cities from across 140+ countries.

The Cities Project worked with more than 80 development partners, including close to 20 UN entities, namely, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Trade Center (ITC), World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), UN- Habitat, and UNRCO in many countries, as well as many 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 Clusters - E-commerce Knowledge ProductsCities Project Knowledge ProductsPublications
September 21, 2022

Innovative Experiences of Cities in South-South Cooperation in Cross-border E-commerce and Digital Innovation

In 2020, the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation and the China Association of Trade in Services (CATIS) jointly organized a webinar series on "South-South and Triangular Cooperation Among Cities…
Cities Clusters - DRR Knowledge ProductsCities Project Knowledge ProductsPublications
May 6, 2022

Spotlighting: Cities and Other Sub-National COVID-19 Responses for SSTC (UNOSSC-UNDRR, 2022)

From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to its global spread, the crisis has had negative impacts on individuals, communities, and societies, particularly on the most vulnerable people in the…
Cities Clusters - E-commerce Knowledge ProductsCities 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

2020 was a challenging year. The global pandemic brought to the surface an immense resource gap between different countries around the world and the overall fragility of the world economy.…

Recent News & Pilot Projects

Cities Clusters - E-commerceCities ProjectNews
September 21, 2022

UNOSSC and CATIS Launch E-commerce Report at the 2022 Global Cross-border E-commerce Conference

Under the theme of "Digitalization of Cross-border E-commerce Boosts Common Development of RCEP," the 2022 Global Cross-Border E-Commerce Conference was held in Guangzhou, China on August 26. At the opening,…
Cities Clusters - E-commerceCities Clusters - TransportCities ProjectNews
September 21, 2022

Cities Exchange on Logistics Held Among China, Ghana and Uzbekistan to Facilitate Partnership Brokering

On 20 September 2022, the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) organized an online exchange on logistics among Ejisu and Kumasi of Ghana, Zhengzhou of China, and the Jizzakh…
Cities Clusters - TransportCities ProjectNews
September 6, 2022

Five Cities of Brazil, Chile, China, and Ghana Exchange Practices on Green Transport

On 26 August 2022, the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) organized an online exchange on green transport among five cities in the Global South. The event brought together…
Cities Clusters - COVID-19Cities Clusters - DRRCities ProjectNews
August 26, 2022

UNDRR GETI, UNOSSC, PAHO & WHO Kick-start Joint Online Training on Transitioning to Complex Risk Management and Resilient Urban Futures

With over 1,070 participants from about 140 countries and territories, the first session of “Transitioning to Complex Risk Management and Resilient Urban Futures: Harnessing South-South Cooperation and Learning From COVID-19”…
Cities Clusters - COVID-19Cities Clusters - DRRCities ProjectEvents
July 25, 2022

UNDRR GETI, UNOSSC, PAHO & WHO Joint Certificate Training on Transitioning to Complex Risk Management and Resilient Urban Futures, 23 August – 13 September

UNDRR GETI, UNOSSC, PAHO, WHO Joint Certificate Training Programme  Transitioning to Complex Risk Management and Resilient Urban Futures: Harnessing South-South Cooperation and Learning From COVID-19 When: Every Tuesday between 23…
Cities Clusters - TourismCities ProjectNews
July 7, 2022

Five Cities from China and Mexico Exchange Knowledge on Historical and Cultural Heritage Protection

5 July 2022, Beijing: With the support of the National Association of Mexican World Heritage Cities, on 30 June 2022 the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) organized an…
Cities Clusters - WasteCities ProjectNews
May 10, 2022

City-to-City Partnership on Waste Management between Koidu, Sierra Leone, & Kushtia, Bangladesh

Waste Wise Cities Koidu: Koidu New Sembehun City Council Forms a South-South Cooperation and Learning Partnership with Kushtia Municipality, in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh With support from the United…
Cities Clusters - COVID-19Cities ProjectCities Project COVID-19 ResponseNews
April 29, 2022

Cities Pilot Initiative Launch: Advancing Youth Volunteerism through SSTC in the Context of COVID-19 Response and Recovery in Banjul, the Gambia

28 April 2022, New York: The South-South Cities Pilot on “Advancing Youth Volunteerism in Banjul City of The Gambia, through South-South and Triangular Cooperation, in the context of COVID-19 Response…

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