5-9 September: 6th ITU Green Standards Week to focus on Smart Sustainable Cities

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The 6th ITU Green Standards Week (GSW) will explore the importance of technical standardization in enabling the transition to Smart Sustainable Cities. In preparation for the upcoming Habitat III, participants will work towards the agreement of a declaration highlighting the fundamental role to be played by ICTs in sustainable urban development.

Green Standards Week (GSW) will be held in Montevideo, Uruguay, 5-9 September 2016, hosted by the Municipality of Montevideo. GSW is organized by ITU in partnership with the Municipality of Montevideo (IMM); the Inter-American Association of Telecommunication Enterprises (ASIET); the Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC);  the Basel Convention Regional Centre for the South American Region (CRBAS); and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF).

GSW will gather policymakers, regulators, urban planners, standards experts, academics and more to discuss strategies to enact Smart Sustainable Cities, in a series of events composed as follows:

5-7 September: II Meeting of “Smart Cities for inclusion and sustainability”

The stage for the meeting’s discussions will be set by a panel of mayors, sharing insight into mayors’ visions of the urban innovation required for the cities they serve to meet the sustainability challenges of the 21st century.

Accompanying sessions will host in-depth analyses of technical solutions to urban challenges, as well as standardized tools to measure the relative success of smart-city projects. Other topics to be discussed include smart governance, the dynamics of the emerging ‘sharing economy’ and the responsible management of e-waste.

The meeting will conclude with an exploration of the case of Montevideo’s smart-city strategy. The case study will shed light on the city’s efforts to develop a virtual map of its physical components and processes, and the specifics of related technologies, applications, platforms and management centres.

8 September: XVII Ibero-American Meeting of Digital Cities

The meeting will feature the presentation of ASIET awards for smart-city innovation, and participants will also be introduced to the ranking of digital cities resulting from a study undertaken by ASIET.

Accompanying sessions will explore contemporary challenges to city governance and the wellbeing of city inhabitants, particularly in relation to the relevance of Smart Sustainable Cities to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

A session focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) in the context of smart cities will discuss the potential of IoT technologies and applications to drive improvements in urban efficiency and sustainability, in parallel discussing related opportunities for ICT entrepreneurship in Latin America. These discussions of the potential of IoT will be matched with an analysis of strategies to mitigate related risks, especially with respect to technical interoperability and information security.

9 September: Forum on “Building the Cities we want: Connecting the dots for the New Urban Agenda”

The Forum will discuss the potential of Smart Sustainable City strategies to set cities on a development course characterized by environmental sustainability, resilience, energy efficiency and equitable social and economic growth.

Decision-makers of the Latin American region will highlight the present-day and expected future challenges that have led policy initiatives around the world to focus on the development of Smart Sustainable Cites.

The Forum will build on these discussions to distill Latin America’s priorities for the ICT-related deliberations of Habitat III.

Find more information on GSW and register to participate here…

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