In line with Plenipotentiary Resolution 154, which instructs the Directors of the Bureaux to report on the use of innovative translation technologies, and considering the specific needs of the Telecommunication Sector, especially the need for the translation of technical meeting documents that are seldom translated by the ITU translation services due to budget limitations, TSB has developed, in collaboration with C&P, an open-source, royalty-free neural machine translation tool, called ITU-Translate, and has trained it with ITU documents. Efforts have also been done to integrate website translation based on external machine translation services.
The market offers several cloud-based machine translation tools. These tools have limitations when it comes to the translation of ITU’s technical content, but which are applicable to general language expression. The project identifies and applies the best tools available per language pair for the translation of general-language webpages that are currently not translated.
C&P and TSB are thus addressing Resolution 154 with the implementation of high-quality gist translation services and enhanced computer-aided-translation (CAT) tools that will complement the scope of the work currently covered by C&P’s human translation service.
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The concept of digital transformation is increasingly being embraced for driving urban governance, addressing socio-spatial disparities and promoting integrated sustainable development. To support cities in accelerating towards a successful digital transformation, the
United for Smart Sustainable Cities
(U4SSC), with the support of 17 United Nations bodies/agencies, has developed the
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Smart Sustainable Cities (SSC)
. This unique set of KPIs provide cities with the mean to conduct self-assessments on their digital strategies and monitor their progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A large number of cities worldwide have implemented the U4SSC’s KPIs for SSC to improve the quality of urban services as well as to adequately facilitate the integration of digital technologies.
This webinar shed lights on the smart sustainable city journeys of multiple Norwegian cities and highlighted the importance of having the means to assess their smart strategies and align them with the SDGs.
The main objective of this webinar was to foster cooperation among SSC at the international level and lay the foundation for city leaders to pilot the U4SSC’s KPIs for SSC. The webinar also examined the potential of data and digital twins for helping cities to become carbon neutral and more circular, improve urban mobility, and manage their infrastructure in a more secure, sustainable, and cost-effective manner.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and
Organization for International Economic Relations (OiER)
have been working closely through the U4SSC Implementation Programme (U4SSC-IP
) to guide cities in their transitions to SSC.Participation in the webinar was open to ITU Member States, Sector Members, Associates and Academic Institutions and to any individual from a country that is a member of ITU and who wishes to contribute to the work. This included individuals who are also members of international, regional and national organizations.
Participation was free of charge. Watch webinar here