The collaboration between the Organization for International Economic Relations and International Telecommunication Union will be implemented to advance:
a. the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through the development of smart sustainable cities and improving the environmental performance of emerging technologies. In accordance to the United Nations' (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the associated 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs ), in particular SDG 11 "Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable" and SDG 13 "Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts".
b. The collaboration between the Signatories will be implemented to advance the digital transformation of cities and communities, to contribute to the work of the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) and in particular to its Implementation Programme in order to support cities worldwide in leveraging Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) and emerging technologies to become smarter and more sustainable cities.
Together with ITU we will collaborate to strengthen the collaboration in promoting the work of the U4SSC and ITU standards to support cities in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals:
(a) The U4SSC will continue to be one of the main mechanisms for OiER and ITU to support cities worldwide in their transition to becoming a smart sustainable city and reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 11.
(b) OiER will continue to promote the U4SSC Key Performance Indicators for Smart Sustainable Cities project, increasing its global outreach particularly to the private sector, and improving its performance through the United for Smart Sustainable Cities Implementation Programme (U4SSC-IP).
( c) ITU will continue to coordinate and promote the current and future activities of the U4SSC including the proposal of new deliverables, the completion of the planned deliverables and all of the upcoming meetings and events.
(d) OiER and ITU will be committed to helping cities and communities advance their digital transformation.
The following are considered as the primary results of the collaboration:
(a) Expanding the outreach and contributing to the agenda of U4SSC to further promote inclusive growth and sustainable development in urban areas, ensuring the needs of urban citizens with respect to the economic, social, environmental and cultural aspects are all met without compromising the future generation.
(b) Promoting global, regional and national dialogue and cooperation on the role of ICT and related guidelines and standards in sustainable urban development; and
( c) Encouraging increased responsible investment and financing for accelerated achievement of the urban SDGs.
We are pleased with this strategic collaboration and look forward to presenting valuable results.