2014 OiER together with the UNECE established the United Smart Cities (USC) initiative to support cities and businesses in the transformation process of becoming smart and sustainable. 2019 the USC initiative was integrated into the United for Smart Sustainable Cities Programme to approach cities and the private sector on a global level – supported by 16 UN agencies.
U4SSC offers a framework to work together on concrete city solutions and projects and push new and improved models for public-private collaboration.
The U4SSC Implementation Programme (IP) builds on strong collaborative networks with cites, governments, international organizations, the UN, the private and finance sectors. One key component of the U4SSC Implementation Program is offering a Digital Global Solutions Platform (U4SSC Marketplace by bee smart city) for businesses, cities and experts designed to align and match public sector needs, private sector solutions underpinning the Sustainable Development Goals at the city level.
In Dar es Salaam, a local charity is raising women traders’ awareness of their rights and helping survivors of abuse and assault bring the perpetrators to justice. Founder Jane Magigita says the scheme has led to a large decline in sexual violence in the city’s markets.
The Green Standards Week acts as a global platform where policymakers, field experts, city planners, regulators, standards experts, civil societies, and among others can come together to discuss the role of information communication technologies (ICTs) and frontier technologies in facilitating smart governance and smart sustainable cities.
U4SSC IP provides access to the leading global community, connecting all smart city stakeholders with proven solutions - position your solution in a global city ecosystem.
U4SSC IP overall goal is to support public authorities with recommendations, tools and training materials to lead the transition to Smart and Sustainable Cities.
Cities are the hubs of innovation that drive economic development, however, in the nascent period of a city’s growth, urbanization can have adverse effects on the environment and on its citizens. In this regard, the U4SSC initiative has developed a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) for Smart Sustainable Cities (SSC) to establish the criteria to evaluate the contributions in making cities smarter and more sustainable, and to provide cities with the means for self-assessments to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
The indicators will enable cities to measure their progress over time, compare their performance to other cities and through analysis and sharing allow for the dissemination of best practices and set standards for progress in meeting the SDGs at a local level. City leaders will benefit in terms of strategic planning and measurement of the city progress towards their individual smart city goals.
Over 100 cities worldwide are already implementing these KPIs, including Dubai, Singapore, Manizales, Montevideo, Maldonado, Foshan, Wuxi, Guangshan, Kairouan, Pully, Trondheim, Aalesund, Moscow, Valencia, and Rimini.
The United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) is an umbrella initiative covering 16 UN organizations working to localize the UN Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), the United Nations Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI), the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations University - Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).