Network Eleven

The Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization Network (Network Eleven), co-chaired by Dr. Joan Clos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-Habitat, and Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chairman and Founder of the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization, aims to promote sharing of experiences and good practices in the use of digital technologies to deliver sustainable urbanization, and to contribute to the discussion towards the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) and the New Urban Agenda, as well as the digital and urban dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The launch of Network Eleven took place on 16 November 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, on the margins of the Smart City Expo World Congress.

CSU has been actively involved in the elaboration and development of the Network. CSU brought its expertise in smart cities and human settlements to Network 11, providing key recommendations emanating from the diverse high-level events co-organized at the United Nations, the Center for Architecture of New York, and the World Urban Forum (WUF) 7 that took place in Medellin, Colombia.

Aliye P. Celik, President of CSU participated in the launch of the Network in Barcelona. Professor Lance J. Brown, 2015 President of American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York Chapter, and Founding Director of CSU moderated a high-level discussion on “Digital technologies, including internet, for planning and managing sustainable cities”. The successful launch of the Network brought together high-level representatives of the UN, national and local governments, private sector, civil society, academia and foundations.

The co-chair of Network Eleven, Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, is the Chair of the Honorary Council of CSU. Tom Dallessio, President of Next City, and member of the Honorary Council of CSU is an active member of the Network.

You can find more information on Network Eleven at

To join the Network please fill out the form here.

Related CSU Events

“Smart Cities, an opportunity for the citizen”, 12 December 2013, Center for Architecture New York

“Smart Cities, how to make cities sustainable, resilient and equitable”, 7 April 2014, WUF7

“Smart Cities, how to promote a sustainable urbanization”, 27 May 2014, Center for Architecture New York

“Smart Cities: Delivering Sustainable Urbanism”, 11 February 2015, Center for Architecture New York