• Wednesday 19 Oct 2016
  • Smart Cities in the New Urban Agenda

    Side Events
    Venue: R10
    Lead Organization:
    • International Society Of City And Regional Planners (Netherlands).
    Partner Organizations:
    • American Planning Association,
    • Global Cities Business Alliance (ICLEI),
    • International Division,
    • International Federation for Housing and Planning,
    • International New Town Institute,
    • Local Governments For Sustainability,
    • Royal Town Planning Institute,
    • Urban Planning Society Of China.

    The event will showcase a wide range of information and communications technology (ICT) projects relevant to city planning and management in both developed and developing countries. This event will also provide networking for cities to share urban planning strategies connected with ICT to become more sustainable, resilient and regenerative. The main theme is the relationship between 'Smart Cities' and the New Urban Agenda with particular emphasis on the "Urban and Spatial Planning and Design" Issue Paper. The goal of building a smart city is to improve quality of life through sustainable, (e.g. energy, water, waste, transportation, emissions) or social (e.g. social and economic inclusion, governance, citizen participation), through transparent and inclusive information feedback mechanisms. It commits to continuous learning and adaptation and, through the application of systems thinking, aspires to improve its inclusivity, cohesion, responsiveness, governance and the performance of its social, economic and physical systems. [ICLEI] A 'smart city' approach will be instrumental, if not invaluable, in achieving the New Urban Agenda goals. Implementation of the New Urban Agenda will be strengthened, and-- in some instances--dependent on ICT that is integrated with urban equity and poverty eradication; sustainable and inclusive urban prosperity and opportunities for all; and ecological and resilient cities. Planning and managing urban spatial development will require innovative ICT approaches and tools.