Transforming the cities of today and tomorrow – The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) provides a platform for cities and communities to exchange knowledge, identify policy needs and develop vital international standards that support digital transformation for people-centred cities and achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG11, make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.


How the ITU Helps Build Smart Cities and Communities

Standardization with Global Reach: ITU-T Study Group 20

ITU-T Study Group 20 (SG20) develops international standards (ITU-T Recommendations) providing commonly agreed guidance for implementing the Internet of Things (IoT) and its applications, as well as smart cities and communities. Its work supports digital transformation in both urban and rural areas enabled by solutions in fields such as IoT, digital twins, and artificial intelligence.

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Digital Transformation Webinar Series

The Digital Transformation Webinar Series discuss topics related to cross-sectoral digital transformation and related standardization activities.

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United for Smart Sustainable Cities

The United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) is a global UN initiative that supports cities and communities in accelerating digital transformation and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Upcoming Meetings and Events

ITU together with other organizations, cities and other UN agencies are organizing a series of meetings and events on digital transformation for cities and communities. Don’t miss out on these key events.

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Towards a brighter digital future for cities

The Toolkit on Digital Transformation for People-Oriented Cities and Communities supports strategizing and planning the digital transformation of cities and communities to promote sustainable, inclusive, resilient and improved quality of life for residents in cities and communities.

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Strengthening collaboration with SDOs and industry Fora

Check out how ITU collaborates with various Standards Development Organizations (SDO) and industry organizations on vital smart sustainable city projects and initiatives.

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