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

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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…
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

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July 7, 2021

UNDRR GETI, UNOSSC & WHO Conclude Online Joint Training with South-South Cities Exchange on Innovative Experiences

July 1, New York: Under the theme of “Build Back Better: Harnessing South-South Cooperation and Risk Reduction Planning for Resilient and Healthy Cities in the Post-COVID-19 Era”, the fourth and…
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July 2, 2021

Build Back Better: Health Emergencies & All Hazards Risk Tools & Strategies to Build Resilient & Healthy Cities in the Post-COVID-19 Era

Session three of the four-part training on Build Back Better: Harnessing South-South cooperation and risk reduction planning for resilient and healthy cities in the post-COVID-19 era, jointly organized by the…
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May 12, 2021

UNDRR GETI, UNOSSC & WHO Joint Online Training: Build Back Better, 8-29 June 2021

 UNDRR GETI, UNOSSC & WHO Joint Online Training Build Back Better: Harnessing SSC and Risk Reduction Planning for Resilient and Healthy Cities in the Post-COVID-19 Era When: 8, 15, 22,…
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April 30, 2021

Call for Submissions: Innovative Experiences of Cities on Environmental Sustainability and Climate Action, Deadline 20 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 Clusters - COVID-19Cities ProjectNews
April 26, 2021

UNOSSC and UNDP Support Local Elected Women Leaders in The Gambia in the Fight Against COVID-19

Finance Center for South-South Cooperation of China donates 200,000 Facemasks to Banjul of The Gambia 26 April 2021, New York - UNOSSC’s Cities Project has partnered with the Finance Center for…
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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 Clusters - E-commerceCities 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 Clusters - COVID-19Cities 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…

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