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USC joining the World Government Summit 2019

USC joining the World Government Summit 2019

The World Government Summit is a global platform dedicated to shaping the future of governments worldwide. Each year, the Summit sets the agenda for the next generation of governments with a focus on how they can harness innovation and technology to solve universal challenges facing humanity. The World Government Summit is a knowledge exchange forum at the intersection of government, technology,…

Undiscovered Potentials - Best Practices around the Wolrd

Undiscovered Potentials - Best Practices around the Wolrd

How can cities around the world become smart and sustainable? In order to provide a valid answer, UNECE and OiER developed the global platform United Smart Cities (USC). In 2016, UNECE initiated the worldwide initiative United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) in partnership with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). 16 UN agencies are involved in this. Using 92 performance…

Smart cities: Habitat and markets of the future

Smart cities: Habitat and markets of the future

The hotspots of the future are cities and urban areas. We have asked the USC Director Kari Aina Eik for an UdW interview. What is USC about? According to the United Nations, in 2050 around two-thirds of people will live in urban areas, some of which will be very small. This poses major challenges for the cities. Each city is unique, has its own DNA, and therefore needs individual solutions to…

UNECE City Day: The annual meeting in Geneva

UNECE City Day: The annual meeting in Geneva

A smart sustainable city is an innovative city that uses 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. Mayors from Cities in the UNECE region Knowledge sharing via two…

Accession from the Netherlands

Accession from the Netherlands

As the first Dutch municipality, Krimpen aan den Ijssel, became part of United Smart Cities, a worldwide program of the European Economic Commission of the United Nations (Unece) and the Organization for International Economic Relations (OiER).   Krimpen aan den IJssel has become a member of United for Sustainable Cities (U4SSC), a worldwide platform that for instance aims to encourage…

USC - The sharp mind that will help Alesund become one of the World’s Smartest Cities

USC - The sharp mind that will help Alesund become one of the World’s Smartest Cities

“What Ålesund and the region here have to offer here completely unique! I have been around many countries and cities, and I have not seen anything like this in terms of competence in the use of simulators”, says Kari Aina Eik to TV 2. She is the Secretary-General of the UN Smart City Program, which, through the use of technology, will develop smart and sustainable cities…

The Netherlands - Of putting together a smart country

The Netherlands - Of putting together a smart country

In the Netherlands, more and more cities are focusing on smart city strategies. Some are following an unconventional approach: the mayor of Den Bosch, Jack Mikkers, relies on "teddy bear challenges". "No city wants to be a dumb city." Jack Mikkers was in a really good mood during the presentation of the National Smart Cities Strategy last year. Although the…

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