Smart Cities: How to make Cities Sustainable, Resilient And Equitable is organized by the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU) in cooperation with UN-Habitat and US Department of Housing and Urban Development at the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellin, Colombia. The event provided a forum for representatives from government, NGOs, private sector, industry, academia, financial institutions, and United Nations entities to discuss the challenges and opportunities in creating Smart Cities that use technology to achieve social and economic goals. Particular emphasis is placed on economic sustainability as a fundamental building block to the creation of responsive, responsible and equitable urban environments.
The event focused on the critical role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in fashioning Smart Cities. The term Smart Cities denotes enlightened city governance capable of deploying finite resources in a better, more responsive, more effective and more interactive way for all its citizens. The development of Smart Cities with its attendant characteristics is of importance because cities which now house more than half the world’s population to a large extent determine the collective future of the global community. The ability of cities to adapt and reinvent their reasons for being in ever changing circumstances, will determine which cities will thrive and which will wither.
The panel focused on innovative approaches in four city regions: Belfast, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro, and New York. The event brought more than 200 participants.