2016 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.
The United for Smart Sustainable Cities Implementation Programme (U4SSC IP) is a UN initiative coordinated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) to accelerate the transformation of cities globally to be smarter, more sustainable with better quality of life for its citizens.
U4SSC IP is open to all cities, projects, businesses, stakeholders and activities related to Smart and Sustainable Cities, that focus on implementing sustainable solutions and can contribute to the achievement of the SDGs - especially Sustainable Development Goal 11: "Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable".
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.
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 50 cities worldwide are already implementing these KPIs, including Dubai, Singapore, Manizales, Montevideo, Maldonado, Foshan, Wuxi, Guangshan, Kairouan, Pully, Moscow, Valencia, and Rimini.
The U4SSC programme works to support cities and businesses in identifying and implementing projects, partnerships, solutions and mobilize resources to facilitate their development to become smart and sustainable. By providing services and collaboration opportunities such as the SOLUTION PLATFORM or the SMART CITY LABs, U4SSC facilitates an interactive co-creation process.
U4SSC IP provides access to the leading global community, connecting all smart city stakeholders with proven solutions.
In the U4SSC SMART CITY LABs, international companies work together with UN agencies, cities and startups on innovative urban solutions.