Press Release – Smart Sustainable Cities: a global development priority

Standards key to achieving and quantifying efficiency gains

Geneva, 26 September 2014 – Strategies for the sustainable development of cities in Asia and the Pacific will be driven to a large extent by information and communication technologies (ICT), agreed participants at the fourth ITU Green Standards Week held in Beijing, 22-26 September.

More than half the world’s megacities – home to more than 10 million people – are located in Asia and the Pacific. Cities are powerful engines of economic growth, accounting for 70-80 per cent of Asia-Pacific’s GDP, but the inability of city infrastructures to develop at a pace matching rates of urbanization has given rise to a strong correlation between urbanization and environmental degradation.

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