Second Meeting of the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative
Manizales, Colombia, 5 April 2017 (afternoon)
"A smart sustainable city is an innovative city that uses information and communication technologies 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".
United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative was launched in May 2016 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in response to sustainable development goal (SDG) 11: “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. Since then, 14 other UN agencies and programmes have joined this global initiative.
U4SSC is an international platform for smart city stakeholders to shape smart sustainable cities worldwide. U4SSC advocates for public policies to encourage the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to facilitate and ease the transition to smart sustainable cities.
The U4SSC, therefore, is strongly committed to supporting the adoption of policies, standards and key performance indicators (KPIs) that encourage the integration of ICTs in the urban realm and foster the establishment of smart sustainable cities across the globe.
The activities of U4SCC are carried out by three Working Groups, namely, Setting the Framework; Connecting Cities and Communities; and Enhancing Innovation and Participation.
Working Group 1 is co-chaired by Lluïsa Marsal, Future Cities Catapult, UK and Tomás Llorente, SETSI, Government of Spain. It sets the Future Living Framework of the U4SCC initiative with respect to urban planning and its policy, standards, regulations, and KPIs and develops an e-governance platform to guide urban planners’ efforts to achieve Goal 11 of the SDGs.
Working Group 2 is co-chaired by John Smiciklas, Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA) and Hazem Galal, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and develops policy recommendations and implementation guidelines to encourage the transition to smart cities and communities. The main activities carried out within this Working Group include an analysis of the key lessons learnt from cities that have successfully planned and implemented initiatives for smart living and mobility, while ensuring environmental sustainability.
Working Group 3 is co-chaired by Okan Geray of Smart Dubai Office and Kari Aina Eik, Organization for International Economic Relations. This Working Group develops policy frameworks for supporting activities related to exploring the potential of ICT, to achieve strong and symbiotic governance, economics and society.
The second Meeting of the U4SSC initiative will take place on 5 April 2017 in Manizales, Colombia.
The main objectives of the meeting were to:
- Discuss and present the first set of deliverables from each Working Group of the U4SSC;
- Deliberate on the future activities of the working groups and develop an action plan for the coming year;
- Review the Terms of Reference of U4SSC and appoint a new U4SSC Co-Chairman;
- Engage in discussions on the development of the Global Smart Sustainable City Index.
The first meeting of the U4SSC was attended by over 150 experts on smart city related topics. The second meeting brought together leading specialists in the field, from city planners to engineers, designers, policy-makers, government officials, regulators, academia and standards experts.
11:30 - 11:40||Opening ceremony|
Chaesub Lee, Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU [Biography]
- Gloria Placer, Chief of Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Information Society and Digital Agenda, Spain [Video]
|11:40 - 12:00||Session 1: Overview of U4SSC & 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development|
This session will present an overview of the U4SSC and links the various activities carried out within this initiative to the goals stipulated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
|12:00 - 13:00||Session 2: U4SSC deliverables|
This session will exclusively present the deliverables developed within each U4SSC Working Group. During this session, the participants will be provided with an in-depth understanding of the scope and purpose of each deliverable and its potential to supplement the existing global smart city knowledge.
To further build on the activities of U4SSC, this session will also highlight the future activities to be conducted in 2017, within the smart city domain.
Moderator: Paolo Gemma, Vice-Chairman, United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC)
Speakers:Questions & Answers
|13:00 - 14:00||Lunch break|
|14:00 - 15:00||Session 3: Towards a holistic framework for Smart Sustainable Cities – An Impact Driven Approach|
This session will lay the foundation for a holistic city approach to help identify the key synergies and linkages among constituents of a city.
Given the possible far reaching consequences of the smart city paradigm, this session will explore the possible impacts of initiating smart city transitions.
In line with the importance of smart city journeys, it is also essential to be able to quantify such achievements. Accordingly, the significance of the ITU key performance indicators in smart city monitoring, will also be emphasized on during this session.
This session will also delve into various other themes and trends pertaining to artificial intelligence, IoT, data, circular economy in the smart city context.
Moderator: Okan Geray, Smart Dubai Office, WG3 Co-Chairman [Presentation]
Questions & Answers
|15:00 - 15:30||Session 4: Review of U4SSC ToR & Future Workplan|
As U4SSC is moving on to its second year, during this session, the existing ToR will be reviewed and updated based on the future needs and proposed activities of U4SSC.
This session will also present the proposed action plan for 2017.
Moderator: Cristina Bueti, ITU [Action Plan] [U4SSC ToR]
Questions & Answers
|15:30 - 15:40||
Wrap up and closing remarks |
Cristina Bueti, Counsellor, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU [Biography]