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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
View the documentSCP's International Partners

The Sustainable Cities Programme (SCP) is a UN facility to Package and Apply Specialised Know-how in Urban Environmental Management

The SCP provides municipal authorities and their partners in the public, private and community sectors with improved capacities in environmental planning and management. Since its inception, the SCP has grown from a modest $100,000 per year initiative to a $30 million global programme mobilising support from many sources including UNCHS, UNEP, UNDP, World Bank, WHO, ILO, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The SCP is undertaking demonstration projects in some 20 cities worldwide. These city demonstrations result in the formulation of Local Agenda 21 which include environmental management strategies, action plans, and priority technical cooperation and capital investment projects for the cities concerned.

SCP activities, at various stages in the project cycle, are currently underway in Accra, Amman, Asuncion, ConcepciDar es Salaam, Dakar, Freetown, Gaza, Guayaquil, Ibadan, Ismailia, Katowice, Lusaka, Madras, Maputo, Nampula, Shenyang, St. Petersburg, Tunis, and Wuhan. Some cities are about to graduate from city level demonstrations and advance to national replications (other secondary cities in Chile, Egypt, Nigeria and Tanzania); other cities have just recently requested participation in the SCP (including Belo Horizonte, Blantyre, Colombo, Harare, Jinja, Kampala and cities in the Philippines).


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Key Features of the Sustainable Cities Programme

what?

a facility to package and apply environmental technologies and know-how

how?

by strengthening local capacities to address urban environmental problems

who?

municipalities and local partners with multi- and bilateral external support (UNCHS, UNEP, UNDP, WB, WHO, ILO, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Japan, Canada, the Netherlands, the USA)

what's

broad-based stakeholder involvement rather than master-planning

new?


· bottom-up problem-solving rather than top-down decision making



· mobilisation of local resources



· a framework for coordination of external support



· environmental concerns in urban planning and management



· an instrument for localising Agenda 21