Global Initiative on Virtual WorldsDiscovering the CitiVerse

The Global Initiative on Virtual Worlds – Discovering the CitiVerse was launched by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations International Computing Centre (UNICC) and Digital Dubai on 14 June 2024 during the 1st UN Virtual Worlds Day.

The CitiVerse Initiative serves as a global platform that aims at fostering open, interoperable and innovative virtual worlds that can be used safely and with confidence by people, businesses and public services.

The CitiVerse Initiative:

  • Serves as the avenue for developing normative frameworks addressing principles, enablers and governance for applying metaverse solutions in cities.
  • Provides training and hosts events to disseminate knowledge, raise awareness and share best practices and solutions among cities worldwide.
  • Delivers a sandbox environment to test, and experiment with metaverse scenarios in cities around the world.

Pillar 1 – Bringing Virtual Worlds to Life

  • Strategic Guidance and Governance
  • Security and Trust
  • Awareness Building
  • Evaluation and Assessment
  • Digital Inclusion and Accessibility

Pillar 2 – Connecting Cities with the Virtual and Real Worlds

  • Emerging Technologies
  • Use-case Identification
  • Sandbox Experiment Facility
  • Virtual Worlds Educational Toolkit
  • Annual Training

Pillar 3 – Tunneling the CitiVerse

  • Network of Cities and CitiVerse for SDGs
  • CitiVerse Challenge
  • Talent Grants Programme
  • Annual Assembly

Meet the Executive Committee


H.E. Mr Hamad Al Mansoori
Director General, Digital Dubai


H.E. Mr Nape Nnauye
Minister, Ministry of Information, Communication and Information Technology, Tanzania (United Republic of)
H.E. Mr Eliud Owalo
Minister, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Digital Economy, Kenya
Manuel Barreiro
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Aston Group
Karl-Filip Coenegrachts
Chair of the Board of Directors and Executive Director, Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC), Belgium
Jung Sook Park
Secretary-General, World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO), Korea (Republic of)
Hyoung Jun Kim Chair, ITU-T Study Group 20 “Internet of things (IoT) and smart cities and communities (SC&C)”
Luis Bernardo Nava Guerrero
Mayor, Municipality of Queretaro, Mexico
Jouni Markkanen
City Board, Tampere City Council, Finland
Paula Llobet Vilarrasa
Councillor for Tourism, Digital Agenda, Innovation, and Investment, Valencia, Spain

UN Virtual Worlds Day

14 June 2024, Geneva, Switzerland

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UN Executive Briefing on unlocking the potential of virtual worlds and the metaverse for the SDGs

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UN metaverse Think-a-Thon 2024

Virtual Worlds Revolutionizing Smart Sustainable Cities & Communities

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