The Committee presents the “Smart Cities Study” during the annual meeting held in Dakar

One of the main activities carried out by the Committee in 2012 has been the elaboration of the "Smart Cities Study: International study on the situation of ICT, innovation and Knowledge in cities" in which 28 cities from al around the world have collaborated, and we want to thank their support in the elaboration of the study.

It is important to remark that the Study does not seek to make a ranking of cities. With this Study, from the Committee we want to provide a reference document for UCLG members that shows the degree of progress made by the members in regards to ICT, innovation and knowledge, and also provide best practices and experiences that will help to boost the knowledge-sharing between cities.

Now after all the work carried out during the last months, we finally have the document ready. The document is available for download in the committee website both in English and Spanish.

From the Committee we have made the official presentation of the Study to UCLG and the committee members during the annual meeting of the Committee held on December 5th in Dakar (Senegal) on the occasion of UCLG´s World Council Meeting.

From the Committee we hope that this document might be of your interest.

300 local and regional leaders in Dakar to contribute to the international development agenda and prepare the new urban agenda

Over 300 members of UCLG from over 40 countries around the world are expected to participate in the UCLG World Council, taking place in Dakar (Senegal) on 4-6 December 2012, at the kind invitation of Khalifa Sall, Mayor of Dakar.

Kadir Topbaş, Mayor of Istanbul (Turkey) and President of UCLG, Muchadeyi Masunda, Mayor of Harare (Zimbabwe), Ilsur Metshin, Mayor of Kazan (Russia) and Co-Presidents of UCLG, will chair the UCLG Executive Bureau and World Council meetings. Numerous representatives from all five continents, most notably from Africa, will be present.Wolfgang Schüster, Mayor of Stuttgart (Germany), Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris (France), Fatallah Oualalou, Mayor of Rabat (Morocco), and Presidents of national associations of local governments from Canada, Cambodia, Scotland, France, Mauritania, Mozambique, Senegal and Sweden have also confirmed their presence.

Local and regional leaders will concentrate their works on the preparation of Habitat III and their contribution to the post 2015 international development agenda: basic services, equality, local development. The position of local and regional governments is essential in the definition of a new urban agenda. Two plenary sessions will take place on these topics, with the participation of UCLG partners, including Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, and representatives from the World Bank, Cities Alliance and the European Commission. The UCLG Committees and Working Groups will meet on 4 and 5 December.

This event is organized in parallel with the Africities Summit, that will take place on 4-8 December, welcoming 5000 participants, and will be centered on the topic: "Building Africa from its Territories: What challenges for the local governments?"

The first World Forum of Regions will take place on 4 December, organized jointly by United Cities and Local Governments (CGLU) and Regions United - FOGAR (ORU-FOGAR), bringing together representatives from regional authorities from all corners of the world. The World Forum of Regions in Dakar will gather Presidents of regions, local elected representatives and their partners, and will be a unique occasion to exchange between elected representatives and draft a shared roadmap to increase influence in the coming international agenda, in particular in the preparation of Habitat III and in the negotiation process for the Post 2015 Millennium Objectives and the future Sustainable Development Objectives.