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Habitat III Issue Papers - 21: Smart Cities


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Resource type:Factsheets and summaries
Keywords:Communications, media & information, Development & humanitarian aid, Urban, Urban design/planning
Agency:UN Habitat, UNCBD - United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, UNDP - United Nations Development Program
Date published:May 2015

The role of ICTs in networked urbanisation and the dynamism of cities in the 21st century is becoming increasingly understood. ICTs have ushered significant and irrevocable changes in the way people live, boosted social prosperity, and had significant impact on the growth and competitiveness of economies and cities.10 There is also growing recognition of ICTs’ potential to achieve desired outcomes in urban development: high-quality public spaces, well-connected grids, well-designed density, increased resource efficiency, improved quality of life, growth with reduced carbon emissions, and knowledge creation and management that address emerging needs and risks - the contours of cities that are smart and sustainable.

This issue paper on "Smart Cities" is part of a series of thematic reports offering a comprehensive, expert-level view of the processes of urbanisation that characterise today’s century of cities — and look forward to what could and should come next. The 22 “issue papers” were submitted by a range of multilateral institutions. They will ultimately be used to guide discussion by 10 formal “policy units”, which will focus on the six thematic issues deemed important for the Habitat III process. Made up of independent experts, these units touch on housing, resilience, equity and other issues. Eventually, they will each provide formal input regarding the crafting and, especially, implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

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