A core focus of the Cities Programme framework is the development of strong and effective cross-sectoral partnerships for projects that tackle critical issues and deliver change and improvement on a local level.
The International Secretariat team has specific project development expertise and these services are available to participant cities and partners. This support can be at the local level, providing advice or services to a lead local partner or developing international collaborations and bids. Services include:
- the development of proposal concepts, bids and consortiums
- facilitating the development of partnerships between the private sector, the public sector and the community in project teams and network groups
- assistance with project development – definition of partners roles, objectives and monitoring, evaluation and reporting systems
The projects must address urban issues connected to the Ten Principles and/or the SDGs.
A range of specific technical expertise and research services can be brought in to projects through drawing on the expertise of Urban Scholars and Global Advisors.
Recent cross-sectoral project example
Melbourne Heat Resilience CBD project
In an Australian CBD pilot, the Cities Programme has brought together the private sector with city government and RMIT University (one of Melbourne’s major real estate holders) to explore these issues associated extreme heat events and look at tangible proactive solutions. Major retail centres, such as Emporium, QV and Bourke Street Mall came together with the City of Melbourne to find ways for both businesses and councils to reduce the impact of heatwaves, improve urban forestry and enhance economic growth. See further details.