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close this bookThe Sustainable Cities Programme (SCP) - Sustainable Cities and Local Governance (HABITAT - UNEP, 12 p.)
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View the documentA Sustainable City...
View the documentSustainable Cities are Fundamental to Social and Economic Development
View the documentBroad-based Local Governance is Key to Sustainable Cities
View the documentThe Sustainable Cities Programme (SCP) Offers a Practical Response to the Universal Search for Sustainable Development
View the documentThe Sustainable Cities Programme (SCP) is a UN facility to Package and Apply Specialised Know-how in Urban Environmental Management
View the documentThe Sustainable Cities Programme (SCP) is Driven by Local Needs and Opportunities
View the documentThe Sustainable Cities Programme (SCP) Operates at City, Country, Regional and Global Levels
View the documentThe Sustainable Cities Programme (SCP) is a Vehicle for Inter-Agency Cooperation
View the documentThe Sustainable Cities Programme (SCP) is a Joint UNCHS/UNEP Facility
View the documentThe Sustainable Cities Programme Supports a Learning-Based Process to Advance Collective Know-how Among the Partner Cities
View the documentThe Sustainable Cities Programme and the Urban Environment Forum
View the documentSCP's International Partners

The Sustainable Cities Programme (SCP) is a Joint UNCHS/UNEP Facility

In the past years several UNEP programmes, (including the International Environmental Technology Centre - IETC, the Global Environment Monitoring System - GEMS, the Industry and Environment Office - IEPAC, and the Water Unit) have implemented joint projects with Habitat in SCP cities. Several other joint activities are under preparation. Based on these developments, the directives for joint programming given by the Governing Bodies of Habitat and UNEP, and the growing demand for the type of support the SCP can provide, the executive heads of both organisations have decided to strengthen and expand their cooperation in the SCP.

Habitat/UNEP Sustainable Cities Programme Supplementary Core Activities*

* supported by supplementary core funding from contributing partners beyond Habitat and UNEP (e.g. the Netherlands, Denmark)

Tool Development

· digital mapping and GIS
· air quality management
· gender source book
· environmental risks
· environmental health
· EPM process source books
· local EPM indicators
· SCP working paper series
· video documentaries

Recurrent Activities

· annual meetings of the SCP network cities
· World Wide Web site and 'Citylink'
· 'Sustainable City News'
· EPM Source Book

· Urban Environment Forum

Given the strong donor support, expanding city demands, and reconfirmed partnership between the two United Nations agencies responsible for urban and environmental management, the Sustainable Cities Programme holds extraordinary promise for advancing Sustainable urban development and participatory local governance.