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December 6, 2019

Towards a global Index for Smart Sustainable Cities: Working group to meet in Austria

By ITU News

13 December 2019 will host a meeting of the U4SSC Thematic Group developing a ‘U4SSC Index’ to offer a global view of the transition to Smart Sustainable Cities.

The meeting will present a first draft of the methodology to underlie the U4SSC Index, an index to build on the U4SSC Key Performance Indicators for Smart Sustainable Cities.

Participation is open to all and free of charge.

The meeting will be hosted by Austria’s Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology. It is co-organized by ITU, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and the United Nations University (UNU).

U4SSC (the United for Smart Sustainable Cities Initiative) is supported by 16 United Nations bodies, with the aim of achieving Sustainable Development Goal 11: “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.

The collaboration encouraged by U4SSC has led more than 100 cities worldwide to evaluate their efficiency and sustainability using the U4SSC Key Performance Indicators. These cities are contributing to an international effort to refine the U4SSC Key Performance Indicators based on cities’ experiences with their implementation.

The indicators enable city planners to assess how ICTs have improved economic, environmental and social aspects of their cities, according to the parameters set out by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The body of empirical knowledge being amassed by U4SSC offers valuable support to the international standardization work of ITU-T Study Group 20 (Internet of Things and Smart Cities and Communities).

ITU-T Study Group 20 develops international standards for Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and applications. One of its top priorities is to leverage IoT technologies to address urban development challenges.

The U4SSC Key Performance Indicators are based on the ITU international standard, ITU Y.4903/L.1603 “Key Performance Indicators for Smart Sustainable Cities to assess the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals”.

ITU case studies share the experiences of Dubai, Singapore, Moscow and Pully with the implementation of the U4SSC Key Performance Indicators. Access the case studies free of charge:

Watch the video for more on the U4SSC Key Performance Indicators.

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