2019 the United Smart Cities (USC) initiative was integrated into the United for Smart Sustainable Cities Implementation Programme (IP) to approach cities and the private sector on a global level – supported by 17 UN agencies.
U4SSC IP offers a programme to work together on concrete city solutions and projects and push new and improved models for public-private collaboration.
The U4SSC Implementation Programme builds on strong collaborative networks with cites, governments, international organizations, the UN, the private and finance sectors. One key component of the U4SSC Implementation Programme is offering a Digital Global Solutions Platform for businesses, cities and experts designed to align and match public sector needs, private sector solutions underpinning the Sustainable Development Goals at the city level.
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The U4SSC developed a set of international key performance indicators for Smart Sustainable Cities to establish the criteria to evaluate ICT´s contributions in making cities smarter and sustainable, and to provide cities with the means for self-assessment in order to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Check out Aalesund in Norway.
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U4SSC IP overall goal is to support public authorities with recommendations, tools and training materials to lead the transition to Smart and Sustainable Cities.
Cities are the hubs of innovation that drive economic development, however, in the nascent period of a city’s growth, urbanization can have adverse effects on the environment and on its citizens. In this regard, the U4SSC initiative has developed a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) for Smart Sustainable Cities (SSC) to establish the criteria to evaluate the contributions in making cities smarter and more sustainable, and to provide cities with the means for self-assessments to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
The indicators will enable cities to measure their progress over time, compare their performance to other cities and through analysis and sharing allow for the dissemination of best practices and set standards for progress in meeting the SDGs at a local level. City leaders will benefit in terms of strategic planning and measurement of the city progress towards their individual smart city goals.
Over 100 cities worldwide are already implementing these KPIs, including Dubai, Singapore, Manizales, Montevideo, Maldonado, Foshan, Wuxi, Guangshan, Kairouan, Pully, Trondheim, Aalesund, Moscow, Valencia, and Rimini.
The “United for Smart Sustainable Cities” is a UN initiative coordinated by ITU, UNECE and UN-Habitat, serving as the global platform to advocate for public policy and to encourage the use of ICTs to facilitate and ease the transition to smart sustainable cities.
The United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) is an umbrella initiative supported by 16 UN organizations working to localize the UN Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), the United Nations Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI), the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations University - Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).