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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 documentSustainable Cities are Fundamental to Social and Economic Development
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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
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The Sustainable Cities Programme and the Urban Environment Forum

On the eve of Habitat II, the Sustainable Cities Programme convened a meeting of international support programmes working in the urban environment, and their partner cities, in an unprecedented exercise to define a common support agenda for the future. The findings, formalised in the Istanbul Manifesto, recommended that the inter-programme, inter-city dialogue initiated during the meeting be continued and further developed. In follow-up, the Urban Environment Forum came into being. The Sustainable Cities Programme was a primary partner in its establishment, and acts as its Secretariat.

The Urban Environment Forum (UEF), stimulated and accelerated by the special spirit of cooperation and partnership generated by the City Summit, is a global network joining cities and international programmes in their common commitment to implementing Agenda 21 and the Habitat Global Plan of Action at the local level. The Urban Environment Forum is one of the primary means through which collective knowledge and expertise in environmental planning and management will expand and develop - and through which the achievements of cities will be made known to, and hopefully replicated by, an ever-widening range of municipal authorities and their local and international partners.

The UEF involves a wide variety of mutually-reinforcing activities, developed in response to clearly expressed needs, such as the following:

· The institutionalisation of the UEF as a living process, through well prepared and properly supported annual meetings;

· The development and formalisation of a full-scale information sharing process, to ensure that the rapidly accumulating knowledge and experience in the cities and international programmes of the Forum is made widely available, swiftly and effectively; and

· The continuation and expansion of the documentation process, not only by increasing the number and range of case studies, but also by "tracking" city experiences already documented.