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
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…
Cities ProjectNews
October 31, 2020

Blog: World Cities Day 2020: South-South Cooperation among Cities to Co-create a More Sustainable Future

On the occasion of World Cities Day 2020, Xiaojun Grace Wang, Deputy Director, UNOSSC, highlights the critical role of South-South and triangular cooperation among cities in building better for a…
Cities Project COVID-19 Newsletters
October 14, 2020

Cities Project Special Newsletter Q3

Cities Project COVID-19 Newsletters
October 14, 2020

Cities Project Special Newsletter Q2

Cities Project COVID-19 Newsletters
October 14, 2020

Cities Project Special Newsletter Q1

Cities ProjectNews
October 7, 2020

UNDRR, UNOSSC & PAHO/WHO Conclude a Joint Capacity Development Workshop

6 October, New York – Over 2,500 participants from close to 150 countries and territories, with almost equal gender participation, attended a certified online training workshop, that took place between…