Committed to connecting the world

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 response to the Sustainable Development Goal 11: "Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable".

U4SSC will primarily advocate 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 second phase has planned the following deliverables:

U4SSC Management team
U4SSC first meeting


Advisory Board for SSC

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

This Advisory Board is expected to comprise 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


ITU and UNECE developed a set of international key performance indicators (KPIs) for SSC to establish the criteria to evaluate ICT´s contributions in making cities smarter and more sustainable, and to provide the cities with the means for self-assessments. 

Draft new Recommendation ITU-T L.1603  Key performance indicators for smart sustainable cities to assess the achievement of sustainable development goals


Global Portal on SSC

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