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Beirut City Receives 200,000 Protective Masks from the Finance Center for South-South Cooperation
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 Cities Project team and UNDP Lebanon’s local coordination and oversight support, had arrived in its destination and been distributed to hospitals, health centers, and other sectors in need since 18 January. Mayor Mr. Jamal Itani expressed that Beirut had been “comforted, encouraged, and humbled by the outpouring generosity” from FCSSC.
Webinar: Travel South over Cloud – China-Mexico South-South Experience Exchange, 15 January 2021
In response to the common interest in capacity development and demands for partnership building from city partners in China and Mexico, the UNOSSC Cities Project coordinated with the National Association of Mexican World Heritage Cities (ANCMPM), the China Association of Trade in Services (CATIS), and the World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (WHITRAP) on this China-Mexico South-South Experience Exchange: Promoting Inclusive and Sustainable Tourism Development in Cities. The exchange also included leaders and experts from Tongji University, Mexico’s International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), as well as from four cities in China – Anyang, Dunhuang, Huai’an, and Luoyang – and 12 cities in Mexico – Campeche, México City, Durango, Guanajuato, Morelia, Oaxaca, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, San Miguel de Allende, Xochimilco, Zacatecas – to join this online South-South experience exchange on promoting sustainable and inclusive tourism.
UNOSSC Cities Project and UNDP Nepal Facilitate International Center on Small Hydropower’s Donation of Surgical Masks to Nepalese Cities and Partner
24 December 2020, New York – Last week, donation of 210,000 disposable medical masks mobilized by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), under its Project, from the International Center on Small Hydro Power (IC-SHP), reached the two Nepalese cities and partner which requested the support. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nepal participated the handover ceremonies on behalf of the donors. UNDP in China supported the procurement and logistics of these masks. These masks are being distributed by the two municipal governments to local health workers, volunteers, and the most vulnerable populations.
Webinar: Travel South Over Cloud – Showcasing Good Practices in Promoting Creative Economy & E-commerce for Tourism Recovery from COVID-19
Aligned with the “Build Back Better” approach, UNOSSC organizes this webinar on “Showcasing Good Practices in Promoting Creative Economy and E-commerce for Tourism Recovery to Build Back Better in response to COVID-19” inviting representatives of municipal governments, think tanks, and academic institutions globally. In particular, this webinar will share good practices adopted in response to the challenges COVID-19 posed to key economic sectors, like tourism. As well as share experiences and knowledge on how developing countries are adopting strategies and good practices to support tourism recovery and build back better with e-commerce as well as creative economy.
Webinar: Leveraging Digital Innovation in Promoting Tourism Development in World Heritage Cities, 22 November 2020
Against backdrop of COVID-19 responses and aligned with the “Build Back Better” approach, under the framework of the Cities Project, the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) invited representatives of world heritage cities, international organizations, think tanks, and the private sector from the global Southorganized this webinar on Leveraging Digital Innovation in Promoting Tourism Development in World Heritage Cities, under its “Travel South over the Cloud” series.
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 by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), under its Cities Project framework.
Human Settlements: COVID-19 and Healthy City
The Urban Planning Society of China (UPSC) has jointly published the first volume of its Human Settlements journal of 2020, with the Ministry of Housing and Urban‑Rural Development of China, UN Habitat, and UPSC. Entitled ‘Covid-19 and Healthy City’, this volume, presents nine articles that center on how cities can work to build resilience to withstand times of crisis and come out even stronger. The Cities Project identified these articles and made available the English version.
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 sustainable global urban community.
UNOSSC Cities Project Newsletter 2020 Q3: Promoting City-to-City Partnerships for COVID-19 Responses
UNOSSC Cities Project Newsletter 2020 Q2: UNOSSC and Partners in Action for COVID-19 Responses
This newsletters includes COVID-19 related activities under other UNOSSC projects. The Cities Project team supported the creation of this newslette.
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