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United Smart Cities at the UN High Level Political Forum

United Smart Cities at the UN High Level Political Forum

The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is the United Nations central platform for follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and it will meet this year on 9-18 July. Discussions are centered around the theme "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies", while focusing on the six SDGs under review this year: SDG 6 (on clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (on access to affordable and modern energy), SDG 11 (on sustainable cities and human settlements), SDG 12 (on sustainable production and consumption), SDG 15 (on sustainable forests and land), and SDG 17 (on Global Partnership).

Message from Secretary-General António Guterres - here. 

United Smart Cities initiator UNECE is actively involved in the HLPF. UNECE Executive Secretary, Ms. Olga Algayerova, will lead the UNECE delegation and highlight priorities from the region at sessions and side events.

The UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management together with United Smart Cities will participate in two side events on SDG 11:

  • on 12 July, 8:00-10:00 a.m., UNHQ Conference Room A, at the side event “Shaping Smarter and More Sustainable Cities: Striving for Sustainable Goals”, jointly organized by the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media of Greece, ITU, UNECE, UNESCO and the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations New York
  • on 17 July, 8:00-10:00 a.m., International Peace Institute, New York, at the side event “Adequate, Safe and Affordable Housing as a Pillar for Sustainable Development”, organized by the Kingdom of Bahrain and co-organized by the Governments of Angola, Bulgaria, Malaysia and Paraguay in collaboration with UNECE, UN-Habitat and UNDP

The side event on sustainable cities (12 July) will provide a platform to debate the impact of frontier technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and Internet of Things (IoT) on cities; to present current national and international initiatives such as the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) and United Smart Cities (USC); and to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced in shaping smart and sustainable cities at the local level. Detailed information on this side event is available on the websites of UNECE and ITU.

More information on this side event and its program can be found in the event page

We look forward to seeing you in New York!

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