The English-language guide contains concrete actions that aim to help municipalities develop smart concepts and build sustainable and liveable places.
The United for Smart Sustainable Cities initiative (U4SSC), the Vienna-based Organisation for International Economic Relations (OiER) and the smart city network, bee smart city, have signed a smart city partnership and released the Global Guide for Development of Smart and Sustainable Communities.
The English-language guide is based on the publication Smart City/Smart Region: Practical Guide for Practitioners, which is already published in Germany and Poland. It contains concrete steps that aim to help municipalities develop through smart concepts and build sustainable and liveable places.
The guide, which will be translated into other languages, will be made available to cities and urban communities worldwide.
U4SSC was formed by 16 United Nations (UN) organisations and the OiER to facilitate the implementation of selected smart city initiatives globally. The initiative is working to localise the UN Agenda 2030 and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The objectives of the partnership include knowledge transfer between smart cities, supporting municipalities in planning smart city solutions and the acceleration of transformation processes.
"The network of key players is a crucial component for the success of a global multi-stakeholder programme,” said OiER secretary general Kari Aina Eik, who is responsible for implementing the U4SSC programme.
"We are working to develop integrated strategies and concrete action steps for transforming communities into smart, sustainable and quality-of-life-oriented cities"
One of the key components of the U4SSC Implementation Programme is offering the Digital Smart Innovation Platform and Network for businesses, cities and experts. It is designed to align and match public sector needs and private sector solutions, as well as funding opportunities underpinning the SDGs at the city level.
"The realisation of smart city initiatives essentially fails because of three things."
Bart Gorynski, managing director at bee smart city, said: "The realisation of smart city initiatives essentially fails because of three things: the financing, the wrong selection and offer of solutions (and providers) by municipalities as well as a lack of user-oriented and goal-oriented implementation of smart city projects.
"With our new partners, we are working to develop integrated strategies and concrete action steps for transforming communities into smart, sustainable and quality-of-life-oriented cities."
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