City Projects


Pilot projects are implemented in 5 cities over a period of 15 months. During implementation, UN Cyber:Learn will provide support in the form of

a)    Supplying the methodology

b)    Supplying training materials

c)    Assisting with coordination

d)    Implementing a limited number of training activities.

Cities are encouraged in an open call for proposals to seek the assistance of UN Cyber:Learn. Selected partner cities are supported by providing methodological and coordinative support. Additionally, a limited number of concrete learning actions are implemented in each partner city. The process of developing and implementing the Cyber Resilience Action Plan (hereafter called the Action Plan) is conducted by national institutions and is linked to existing initiatives. This approach constitutes a city-driven process and assures city-ownership of the Action Plan.

Each project will be undertaken through three stages which build upon and complement each other

Stage 1: Project Inception, Awareness Raising & Knowledge Transfer (Month 1-3)

During the first phase, an initial dialogue will take place with the Government and local partners to develop a common understanding of project objectives and to identify other organizations (i.e. education and training institutions) that will actively participate in the project. This interaction as well as a review of relevant documents will generate an initial assessment of the status of cyber resilience capacity development activities in the city, including their training and skills development dimension.

A local inception workshop on Strengthening Human Resources, Learning and Skills Development to Enhance Cyber Resilience will bring together representatives from key government sectors, different levels of government (i.e. national, sub-national and local level), national learning institutions, civil society, the private sector, UN agencies and other development partners that provide (or are interested in providing) assistance in the area of cyber resilience capacity development. The main objective of the workshop is to foster a discussion and stimulate a structured follow-up process to develop a strategy and action plan to strengthen human resources and skills to implement national, sub-national and local cyber resilience objectives.

The workshop will be hosted by the local government, with technical and methodological support provided by Cyber:Learn. Participants are invited by the local government. An important outcome of the local workshop is a road map and division of responsibilities among national actors to prepare a Action Plan.

If requested by a partner city, Cyber:Learn will support, in advance of the national workshop, a hand-on introductory cyber resilience learning session of 2-3 days. The event will cover introductory topics of cyber resilience. Enhancing knowledge in this area is expected to help local partners develop the Action Plan in stage 2.

Stage 2: Development of an Action Plan to Strengthen Human Resources, Learning and Skills Development to Address Cyber Resilience (Month 4-9)

The main objectives of the Action Plan are to identify, through a city-driven process, concrete learning action, both in the short and medium term, and develop policy recommendations with the goal to develop a sustainable human resource base to address challenges surrounding cybersecurity and emerging technologies. The Action Plan is developed through collaboration of the government with national/local learning and vocational institutions, as well as other interested and affected parties. An important dimension of the Action Plan is to mainstream cybersecurity learning within existing learning strategies and projects, wherever possible.

The Action Plan document will be presented at a launching event which will bring together national and local decision makers, civil society, the private sector, UN agencies, and other members from the development community. At the launch event, commitment from different partners will be mobilized to support implementation of the recommended action.

Stage 3: Implementation of Advanced Learning Action (Month 10-15)

As a concrete follow-up to the launch of the Action Plan, Cyber:Learn, working in collaboration with other development partners, will support at least two identified advanced learning activities/actions. These will be executed by national/local partner institutions with Cyber:Learn and its network providing methodological and technical support.

Projects are implemented in cities from the following priority countries.