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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 a Vehicle for Inter-Agency Cooperation

SCP demonstration projects provide agencies and organisations wishing to work in the field of urban environmental management with a framework for their efforts and significant economies of scale. The flexibility of the SCP approach makes it possible to accommodate a wide variety of such support, and the operational structure of the SCP ensures proper coordination of efforts at the local level. The SCP is now working with close to twenty multi- and bilateral partners worldwide, as well as with national and international NGOs and associations of local governments. Currently most inter-agency collaboration takes place at the city level. Basic funding for demonstration activities comes primarily from the participating cities, from UNDP country programmes, and from bilateral partners such as Denmark, Canada, France, and Italy.

· Denmark, the Netherlands, and France have supported rapid assessment and initial project preparation in Accra, ConcepciGuayaquil, Ibadan, Jakarta, Katowice, Madras, Maputo, St. Petersburg and Tunis.

· City environmental profiles have been prepared with the Habitat/UNDP/ World Bank Urban Management Programme in Accra, Dar Es Salaam, Ismailia, Jakarta, Katowice, Lusaka, Madras, and Tunis.

· A demonstration module for city environmental consultations has been prepared in Dar es Salaam with technical support from Germany.

· Canada cooperates with the SCP in Dar es Salaam on urban agriculture (IDRC), on water management in Madras (ICSC), and on solid waste and recycling in Katowice (ICSC).

· Approaches for addressing urban environmental health issues are being developed and applied with WHO in Ibadan.

· The EU, ILO and UNDP/LIFE collaborate on community based infrastructure development and maintenance.

· Sweden, the Netherlands and UNEP/GRID have supported the use of GIS and digital mapping in Accra, ConcepciDar es Salaam, Ibadan and Ismailia.

· Coastal area management issues are being tackled in collaboration with UNEP/Water Unit in Concepcind Dakar, and water and sanitation issues with UNEP/IETC in ConcepciKatowice and Shenyang.

· Industrial risk is being addressed with UNEP/IEPAC in Abu Dhabi, ConcepciDakar, Katowice and Lusaka.

· UNEP/GEMS Air is working on air quality management in Dar es Salaam and Madras 1

· Denmark, The Netherlands and UNEP are supporting high priority activities at the global level such as urban environmental management tools and networking among SCP partner cities.

City-level successes achieved to date have shown that the SCP is an excellent facility for inter-agency collaboration, through which diverse technical and financial resources from external support agencies can be mobilised and integrated. In particular, because of the uniquely complementary resources of UNEP and UNCHS (Habitat), the SCP is also an ideal vehicle for institutionalising collaboration of the two agencies in the urban environmental field.