United Smart Cities Program & Ecosystem

City Future Evaluation
City Capacity Building
City Profiling & Action Plan
Industry Partnership
Financing of City Projects
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Initiated by the United Smart Cities, UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe), OiER (Organization for International Economic Relations), the Environmental Agency Austria and the ITU advisory groups as a unique set of key performance indicators (KPIs) covering smart and sustainable city sectors in support of the SDGs.

Through comprehensive and worldwide standardized methodologies and smart city evaluations – cities and regions become comparable and competitive, advantages will be visible to develop action plans and give capacity building to cities to enhance the number of projects being initiated and implemented.

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The United Smart Cities program cover all key areas of smart city development identified through the evaluations and ratings. Support and capacity building is given to cities in the areas of smart city planning, strategy, project development, financing, project implementation and evaluation.

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Based on the KPI evaluation/ city ratings, United Smart Cities in collaboration with UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) and OiER (Organization for International Economic Relations) are supporting cities in developing “Smart City Profiles“ and “Action Plans“.

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Private sector partnerships, to develop smarter and more sustainable cities, are the key element of the United Smart Cities program.

United Smart Cities has initiated and developed an extensive pool of companies and technology lead industries(covering 12 sectors) to support participating cities in pre-discussions of applicable and smart technology, and to support in the development of projects.

In addition, the United Smart Cities has set up a “Global Industry Board for Smart and Sustainable Cities” that gives high level advice to UN agencies, governments and cities on ongoing city-targeted programs.

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United Smart Cities contains a solid base of finance entities, banks, funds and investors that are related to sustainable infrastructure.

OiER and its team of finance experts also supports the U4SSC in delivering financial guidelines for smart sustainable cities. These guidelines will be made available to cities through U4SSC during spring 2018.

Moreover, the United Smart Cities financing group and program is covering various key parts of innovative city and infrastructure financing, working to developing a structured pipeline for city projects, and developing innovative models for finance and investments.

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Who we are


The United Smart Cities program is a global initiative, established by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in cooperation with the Organization for International Economic Relations (OiER) and other international organizations, cities, industry and finance sector.

The USC participating cities are of all sizes and located in all regions of the world.

The main program objectives encompass promoting sustainable development and project in cities at a global level, supporting cities in transition and developing countries to develop smarter and more sustainable urban solutions, establishing a multi-stakeholder platform and content hub for smart city initiatives, identifying and developing new smart financing mechanism, especially for PPPs, and ensuring knowledge transfer to identify best practices and lessons learned among cities.

United Smart Cities is a unique platform that brings together international organizations, companies, governments and high level decision makers to work together on one Goal: Generate and realize more smart and sustainable city projects.

What we do


The aim of the United Smart Cities program is to evaluate cities, develop city profiles, support strategies in terms of urban planning and priorities, project development in cooperation with urban experts and the private sector, identify finance options, and evaluate city projects and progress.

A strategic goal of the USC Program is to promote sustainable urban development, especially in countries with transition economies and in developing countries, through analysis of practices and policies, pilot activities, exchange of experiences and best practices, networking and capacity building. ​

The project objective is also to strengthen the capacities of national and local authorities in development and implementation of national and local policies for sustainable urban development.

​The United Smart Cities approach provides structured information about different areas of activity in urban development by specifically including factors which are of relevance for climate and energy as levers for improving urban development. In this context smartness means that the cities involved are aware of the different dimensions of urban development and that they actively participate in decision-making processes about desired changes and put their focus on particularly sustainable, intelligent (i.e. smart) and attractive strategies and technologies.

In order to ensure sustainable development of urban areas and smart cities, it is of utmost importance and an asset of this program to establish linkages and partnerships between the public and the private sector. The program is working to develop cross-sector partnerships as well as to ensure development of a sustainable, long-term vibrant and profitable network, as well as an exchange platform for smart cities globally.

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United Smart Cities and News Deeply are incubating a new platform to provide news, analysis, case studies and cutting-edge digital dialogues -- all focused on the global transition to smart, sustainable cities. Set to launch in 2018, the platform will host a comprehensive and catalytic conversation on the needs, opportunities, and challenges facing cities of all size in their development toward a sustainable future.  

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