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Dubai launches first local UN city data hub

Hosting the local data hub allows Dubai to lead the promotion of the initiative, encourage regional cities to participate and create an open-data sharing network.

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Dubai is host to the first World Council on City Data local data hub
Dubai is host to the first World Council on City Data local data hub

A dedicated platform for standardised urban metrics, city-to-city learning and ‘solutions transfer’ covering the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) and South Asia regions has been announced.

 

The launch of the first World Council on City Data (WCCD) local data hub in Dubai is in line with an agreement the city signed with the WCCD in May 2019.

Standardised city data

 

The hub aims to help achieve the United Nations’ sustainable development goals by 2030. It also aims to strengthen the role of cities and communities. The initiative was led by WCCD, a global proponent of standardised city data to help create “smart, sustainable, resilient, and prosperous cities”.

 

“Urban development plans that aim to build sustainable communities contribute greatly to attracting investments and creating employment opportunities.”

 

According to Dubai, hosting the first WCCD local data hub in the region allows it to lead the promotion of this initiative and encourage regional cities to participate as well as create an open data-sharing network. It will also issue periodic reports to showcase the progress towards achieving the United Nations’ sustainability objectives.

 

“The newly launched local data hub cements Dubai’s leading position in sustainable planning, as data is critical for planning and developing sustainable cities and projects,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai.

 

“This is a great opportunity to boost economic growth and encourage the adoption of more sustainable solutions for a better future.”

Global Cities Summit

 

The first Global Cities Summit was hosted in Dubai in October 2019. Several cities from the MENA and South Asia regions, alongside United Nations’ speakers and academics. participated in the summit, marking the first step towards achieving the goals and objectives of the 2030 Agenda.

 

“There is always a direct relationship between data and sustainable smart cities. Urban development plans that aim to build sustainable communities contribute greatly to attracting investments and creating employment opportunities,” added Reem bint Ebrahim Al Hashimy, minister of state for international cooperation and chairwoman national committee on sustainable development goals.

 

She continued: “Dubai continues to invest in state-of-the-art smart tools that help in achieving social, environmental and economic goals. These tools are built on advanced technologies as well as the availability of accurate data. Data is what smart cities rely on to overcome social and economic obstacles that may stand in the way of achieving sustainable development for all.”

The WCCD said it plans to engage with more cities from different continents to take part in this initiative, including Los Angeles in the US and The Hague in the Netherlands.

 

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