UN Initiative Issues Guidance on Achieving SDG 11 | IISD's SDG Knowledge Hub

15 September 2017: The United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) collaborative initiative has launched four reports, providing expert guidance for the transition to more efficient, sustainable urban environments while advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities).

Informed by a wide variety of cities’ experiences in promoting smart city innovation, the four reports, inter alia, address the key performance indicators (KPIs) for smart sustainable cities, and identify linkages among cities and the SDGs.

‘Collection methodology for the Key Performance Indicators for Smart Sustainable Cities’ lays out a U4SSC-developed methodology to collect core data and information necessary to assess cities’ progress in implementing smart city strategies. The collection methodology complements three sets of KPIs for smart sustainable cities developed by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) that help measure and report progress relevant to the information and communication technologies (ICTs) aspects of a smart city, in terms of: the use of ICTs; the impact of ICTs on sustainability; and cities’ efforts to measure their progress towards the achievement of the SDGs.

U and UNECE launched U4SSC in May 2016 in response to SDG 11. The UN initiative advocates for public policy to encourage the use of ICTs to facilitate the transition to smart sustainable cities.

‘Connecting cities and communities with the Sustainable Development Goals’ outlines 17 case studies of smart city projects, each advancing one of the 17 SDGs. [Connecting Cities and Communities with the SDGs]

‘Enhancing innovation and participation in smart sustainable cities’ describes e-governance initiatives, sustainability projects and smart-city financing models, and reports on the experiences of cities, including Dubai, Singapore and Seoul. [Enhancing Innovation and Participation in Smart Sustainable Cities]

‘Implementing Sustainable Development Goal 11 by connecting sustainability policies and urban planning practices through ICTs’ assesses the impact of innovative public policy on urban planning, particularly in relation to role of ICTs in urban planning activities. [Implementing SDG 11 by Connecting Sustainability Policies and Urban Planning Practices through ICTs]

ITU and UNECE launched U4SSC in May 2016 in response to SDG 11. The UN initiative advocates for public policy to encourage the use of ICTs to facilitate the transition to smart sustainable cities.

U4SSC is currently supported by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), ITU, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), UNECE, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Environment (UNEP), the UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI), UNFCCC, the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), UN University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV), the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). [ITU Press Release] [ITU U4SSC Webpage].

Source: IISD

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