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United for Smart Sustainable Cities
                                             Enhancing Innovation and Participation


            The United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative was launched by the International Telecommunication
            Union (ITU) and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in May 2016. The first phase of this
            initiative, which was conducted via three Working Groups, was completed in April 2017. This flipbook brings
            together the work done in Working  Group  3 (WG3) for Enhancing Innovation and Participation in Smart
            Sustainable Cities.
            WG3 is formed of a group of global experts and practitioners to facilitate knowledge sharing and partnership
            building on smart cities, with the aim of formulating strategic guidelines and case studies for enhancing innovation
            and participation in smart sustainable cities. More  specifically,  WG3  addresses various topics on smart
            governance, smart  economy and smart people  with the  aim of achieving strong  and symbiotic governance,
            economics and society.
            WG3 has explored the potential of ICT to improve public services and open data, as well as inclusive smart
            governance models. It has held numerous deliberations for ICT-related policy issues relevant to economic growth,
            smart financing, research and development (R&D) and innovation, with a focus on encouraging public-private
            collaboration in efforts to develop  smart sustainable city projects. Various innovation ecosystems were
            investigated and associated initiatives capable of increasing urban societies’ capacity for enhancing personal and
            professional skills, entrepreneurship and creativity were discussed.
            After nearly ten months of intensive work and deliberation, WG3 members have prepared a series of case studies
            and products, which will catapult successful smart city practices into the global spotlight for consideration. The
            resulting case studies have been presented in this flipbook, within different sections based on their topic.
            The challenges and opportunities faced by cities entail significant innovation potential. Active participation of city
            stakeholders in smart sustainable city initiatives will catalyse and foster innovation capacity. Within this context,
            WG3 members reiterated that a well coordinated, cooperating governance, society and economy will better
            enable a transition to smart sustainable cities. Despite differences and particular aspects in urban challenges
            globally, various principles and common practices apply uniformly. Case studies included in this flipbook are to a
            great extent transferable to different urban contexts.
            At the end of the first phase, this progressively evolving initiative will build on its existing vision to incorporate
            growing urban sustainability needs. The initiative will also attempt to expand on its existing scope and outreach,
            and continue to support smart-city transitions across the world.

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