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 - 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.…
Cities Clusters - Tourism Knowledge ProductsCities 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…

Recent News & Pilot Projects

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…
Cities ProjectNews
April 20, 2022

Shenzhen, China and Banjul, the Gambia Exchanges on Youth Volunteerism and Digital Platforms

15 April 2022: The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) held an online exchange event between Shenzhen, China and Banjul, the Gambia) on youth volunteerism. Representatives of the Banjul…
Cities Clusters - AgricultureCities ProjectNews
April 18, 2022

Cities in Hunan, China, and Karnali, Nepal exchange Agricultural Practices for Poverty Reduction

Beijing, 13 April 2022: The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) organized an online exchange event on agriculture among cities of China and Nepal, with support of the Hunan…
Cities ProjectNews
March 8, 2022

Mexico City and Luoyang Seek Cooperation in Sustainable Tourism & other Development Areas

22 February 2022, Beijing – Facilitated by United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), Mexico City of Mexico and Luoyang of China held a video conference for friendly exchanges. At…
Cities Clusters - Tourism Knowledge ProductsCities ProjectNews
February 1, 2022

Ghana National Film Authority, Nanjing City and Shenzhen City of China explore South-South cooperation in creative industry

18 January 2022, Beijing – UNOSSC, through its Cities Project, facilitated South-South exchange in the areas of creative industry development with a special focus on cultural industry pilot zone development…
Cities ProjectCities Project COVID-19 ResponseNews
December 13, 2021

Fujian Provincial Association Donates 150,000 Non-surgical Masks to Koidu, Sierra Leone

6 December, Beijing – 150,000 non-surgical protective masks donated by Fujian Provincial People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries arrived in Koidu, Sierra Leone with the support and coordination of…
Cities ProjectNews
November 18, 2021

Consultative Workshop on Advancing Sustainable Agriculture Value Chain in Nepal

10 November 2021, Beijing: The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) Cities Project team organized the mid-term pilot workshop between Khajura rural municipality of Nepal, UNDP Nepal, WFP Nepal,…

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