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Joint ITU/UNECE Workshop on Laying the foundation for Sustainable Development Goals: Role of Smart Sustainable Cities

Geneva, Switzerland, 2 May 2016                                                                                                       

Contact: Cristina Bueti

Introduction
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) together with United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) organized this event to meet the growing demand for guidance on establishing smarter and more sustainable cities which will in turn assist in the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and also help contribute effectively to the Habitat III Process.

Objectives
The objective of this event was to highlight the potential of smart sustainable cities in securing the main targets set forth in the Sustainable Development Goals and providing inputs to the New Urban Agenda. This event also provided a platform for discussions on fulfilling the global smart sustainable city agenda.

Note: During this event, ITU and UNECE presented their joint key performance indicators for smart sustainable cities to assess how the use of ICTs has an impact on the sustainability of cities. These indicators are expected to drive smart city transitions and help improve urban functionalities, raise the standard of living and ensure environmental, economic and social sustainability.

Target Audience
The event brought together leading specialists in the field, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others.

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