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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
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 Driven by Local Needs and Opportunities

The SCP is pre-eminently a locally-focused programme, in which national, regional, and global support is built up from activities and experiences at city level. The SCP provides a framework for linking local actions and innovations to activities at the national, regional, and global levels, through which the lessons learned in individual city experiences can be shared, analysed, generalised, and discussed widely. This operational link serves to make global strategies more responsive to local needs and opportunities and, conversely, helps to implement global strategies and agreements at the local level. As a global programme, the SCP promotes the sharing of know-how among cities in different regions of the world. As an inter-agency effort, SCP mobilises, packages and applies technical and financial resources from diverse sources.

Overview of the Bottom-Up Sustainable Cities Process

City level

city demonstrations are the focus of the work (3 - 5 years, $1-2 million each)

· help local practitioners and decision-makers identify priority issues
· involve stakeholders, develop strategies, agree on action plans
· implement priority projects and institutionalise the process

National

currently countries such as Egypt, Chile, Nigeria and Tanzania, with others in preparation

· respond nationally to issues identified locally
· replicate lessons in other urban centres

Regional

city networks in regions such as Africa, Asia and the Arab States

· share information and lessons learned
· pool expertise and other technical resources

Global

core team with partners at city, national, regional, and global levels

· backstop activities at city, country, and regional levels
· compile lessons of experience and best practice
· develop reusable tools and procedures

Typical issues include water resource management, solid and liquid waste, land resource management, air pollution and urban transport, coastal areas, flooding and drainage, environmental health hazards, open space and tourism resources, industrial risk, urban agriculture, etc.