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ICTs for a Sustainable World #ICT4SDG

United 4 Smart Sustainable Cities

​"A smart sustainable city is an innovative city that uses information and communication technologies (ICTs) and other means to improve quality of life, efficiency of urban operation and services, and competitiveness, while ensuring that it meets the needs of present and future generations with respect to economic, social, environmental as well as cultural aspects”.

UNECE and ITU, October 2015​

United 4 Smart Sustainable Cities


ITU and UNECE launched "United for Smart Sustainable Cities" (U4SSC) in May 2016 in response to the Sustainable Development Goal 11: "Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable".

U4SSC is now an UN initiative supported by CBD, ECLAC, FAO, ITU, UNDP, UNECA, UNECE, UNESCO, UN Environment, UNEP-FI, UNFCCC,
UN-Habitat, UNIDO, UNU-EGOV, UN-Women and WMO.

U4SSC advocates for public policy to encourage the use of ICTs to facilitate and ease the transition to smart sustainable cities.

The U4SSC second meeting was held on 5 April 2017.

U4SSC developed three deliverables from June 2016 to June 2017. These are: ​​Press release: United Nations collaboration delivers new expert guidance to stimulate transition to Smart Sustainable Cities

U4SSC Management team
U4SSC first meeting (21-22 July 2016)



U4SSC current work

U4SSC is currently working on the following deliverables:

Advisory Board for SSC

An Advisory Board was created to review and refine the ITU-UNECE KPIs for smart sustainable cities.

This Advisory Board comprises officials from UN agencies, international experts and city representatives. 

The Advisory Board was launched on 18 May 2016 at the Forum on "Shaping smarter and more sustainable cities: striving for SDGs" in Rome, Italy.


KPIs on Smart Sustainable Cities


The U4SSC Initiative was created by 16 UN agencies and programmes, namely ITU and UNECE together with CBD, ECLAC, FAO, UNDP, UNECA, UNESCO, UN Environment, UNEP-FI, UNFCCC, UN-Habitat, UNIDO, UNU-EGOV, UN-Women and WMO. 

The U4SSC Initiative has developed a set of international key performance indicators (KPIs) for Smart sustainable cities (SSC) to establish the criteria to evaluate ICT´s contributions in making cities smarter and more sustainable, and to provide cities with the means for

The list of all the KPIs for SSC along with its collection methodology are contained in:​

Flipbook on "Collection Methodology for Key Performance Indicators for Smart Sustainable Cities" New!  

All cities around the world are invited to participate in this project and pilot these KPIs.

KPIs for smart sustainable cities concept note.
Please feel free to contact the U4SSC secretariat should you like to find out more.


Global Portal on ICTs, ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE and circular economy

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This webpage provides references to external resources on ICTs and the environment including information on climate change, conflict minerals, e-waste and circular economy, and other sustainability issues.

Global Portal on Smart Sustainable Cities

This webpage provides references to external resources on IoT and smart sustainable cities.