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People-Centred and Green Technology Innovation

Smart cities have the potential to use digital technologies and data to guide better decision-making with respect to prosperity, sustainability, resilience, emergency management or effective and equitable service delivery.

Gesa Ziemer

Moderator

date

Thursday, June 30, 2022

13:30-15:30

place
Special Session Room 1
language
Polish, Spanish, English, French, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese + ISL [Polish + English]

Summary

Smart cities have the potential to use digital technologies and data to guide better decision-making with respect to prosperity, sustainability, resilience, emergency management or effective and equitable service delivery.

This session takes stock of recent initiatives on inclusive smart cities. The urban digital transformation needs to be more aligned with national and local priorities, people’s needs, inclusion and human rights considerations, environmental sustainability, resilience and climate action – as set out in the New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Cities as varied as London, Barcelona, Warsaw, Johannesburg, Buenos Aires, Sao Paolo, Singapore and Seoul are taking a more human-centric approach to smart city transition.

Sub Title

Digital innovations for inclusive and greener cities

Guiding Questions for discussions

  1. How do we ensure that the full potential of urban technology and innovation is realized, especially when it comes to reducing the environmental impact of cities?
  2. Voices are increasingly being raised calling for international guidelines or principles on people-centered smart cities to support interoperability, co-operation and the application of smart cities to achieve globally agreed sustainability goals. What should such guidelines include?
  3. What financing is needed to bridge the digital divide, ensure that the potential of smart cities are shared among all urban residents and reduce environmental impact?
  4. What kinds of technologies are needed to put people-centered smart cities into practice? What are the technology financing gaps and how technology transfer be financed? How can technologies help achieve the needed ecological transitions.  
  5. What multi-level governance framework, regulations, policies and practices are needed for people-centered smart cities?
  6. How can we put in place the appropriate multi-stakeholder collaborations for people-centered smart cities. What in particular is the role of the private sector and public-private partnerships?
  7. How do we move away from the top-down, surveillance-based smart city approach, towards one that is more grounded in the needs of cities and urban residents?
  8. How can smart city projects better align with the ambitions in the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs, for example providing affordable and green housing, sustainable transport, green public spaces and reduced environmental impact of cities?

Concept Note:

Lim Chze Cheen

The ASEAN Secretariat | Head/Director of the ASEAN Connectivity Division

Carolina Urrutia
Carolina Urrutia

Bogota | Director, Secretariat of Environment

Cristina Bueti

International Telecommunication Union | Counsellor and ITU Focal Point on Environment and Smart Sustainable Cities and Communities

Rita Okcuoglu
Rita Okcuoglu

Global Cities Lead | Mastercard

Tiana Randrianasoloarimina
Tiana Randrianasoloarimina

Director, Territorial Planning | Government of Madagascar

Eddy Hartog
Eddy Hartog

Head of Technologies for Smart Communities | European Commission

Rafael Tuts

UN-Habitat | Deputy Executive Director (a.i.) and Director, Global Solutions Division, UN-Habitat

Gesa Ziemer
Gesa Ziemer

Director, City Science Lab | HafenCity University

Paulina Zadura
Paulina Zadura

Director, Analyzes and Strategy Department | Polish Agency for Enterprise Development

Marvin Rees

City of Bristol | Mayor

Carolina Urrutia
Carolina Urrutia

Bogota | Director, Secretariat of Environment

Cristina Bueti

International Telecommunication Union | Counsellor and ITU Focal Point on Environment and Smart Sustainable Cities and Communities

Rita Okcuoglu
Rita Okcuoglu

Global Cities Lead | Mastercard

Tiana Randrianasoloarimina
Tiana Randrianasoloarimina

Director, Territorial Planning | Government of Madagascar

Lim Chze Cheen

The ASEAN Secretariat | Head/Director of the ASEAN Connectivity Division

Eddy Hartog
Eddy Hartog

Head of Technologies for Smart Communities | European Commission

Emily Royall

Smart City Administrator | Office of Innovation for the City of San Antonio

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