The "Smart Cities Study 2023" is now available!

Once again, we would like to inform you of the publication of the "Smart Cities Study 2023". This fifth edition focuses on cities as innovation-driven ecosystems, spaces for collaboration and creativity where pilot projects are generated in response to social and economic challenges. These projects drive R&D&I from a public-private perspective and contribute to the achievement of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

The study, developed by the UCLG Digital Cities Community of Practice chaired by the city of Bilbao, highlights the current situation and the main trends in the six axes that make up smart cities: Smart Economy, New Mobility, Environment, Digital Citizenship, Quality of Life and Smart Governance.

Through the participation of 20 cities from 16 countries, the study identifies local good practices that can be transferable to other cities internationally, and also visualizes the barriers and enablers for the development of smart cities. In addition, it establishes connections between these good practices and the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, with the purpose of serving as a reference guide for other cities interested in advancing to Smart Cities in their contribution to the SDGs.

The study is available in Spanish and English.

The Study can be downloaded here.

Preparation of the Smart Cities Study 2023

Over the coming months, the new Smart Cities Study 2023 will be released. It is entitled "Cities as innovation ecosystems contributing to the achievement of the SDGs".

The Smart Cities Study 2023 focuses on cities as innovation-driven ecosystems; spaces of collaboration, creativity, and innovation where pilot projects are generated in response to social and economic challenges in society.  These projects drive R&D&I from a public-private perspective and contribute to the achievement of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Study is approached with a global and transversal focus on the axes of growth and transformation of a smart city. Its objectives are:

  • To visualise the current situation and the main trends in the axes of smart cities at local level.
  • Show success stories (good practices) that can serve as a reference for other cities to advance in the concept of "Smart City".
  • Identify the main barriers and key enablers that can have an impact on the development of smart cities.
  • Link the good practices shown in each of the six axes at local level, in their contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals defined in the 2030 Agenda.

Smart City Expo 2023

The new edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress will take place from 7-9 November in Barcelona.

Smart City Expo 2023 will be the largest to date and will showcase to the world the smart solutions shaping this new era: those that are helping cities today to thrive and create safer, greener and more efficient urban spaces.

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Focus group for the elaboration of the Smart Cities Study 2023

In the focus group, carried out simultaneously with two groups (English and Spanish) on 10 May 2023, two participatory dynamics were conducted with the participating local governments:

1. First dynamic- in order to identify initiatives, projects and good practices in the 6 axes of the study (smart economy, new mobility, environment, digital citizenship, quality of life and smart governance), and link them to the achievement of the SDGs.

2. Second dynamic, to identify the main barriers and enablers of innovation at the local level, as well as to define the main SDGs that are addressed in local governments for each of the axes of the study.

Both participatory dynamics were attended by more than 30 representatives of local governments at the international level.

Webinar "Adopting the Smart City Accessible ICT Public Procurement Model Policy"

To celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on the 19th of May,  we invite you to Webinar "Adopting the Smart City Accessible ICT Public Procurement Model Policy"hosted by G3ict in collaboration with UCLG, Microsoft, and the World Economic Forum. This webinar will be targeted specifically to local governments and will raise awareness of the G20 Smart City Alliance Public Procurement Model Policy; providing both a compelling rationale and guidance for cities to adopt it.

The session will give an overview of the Public Procurement Model Policy, solutions to guide implementation of the policy and include experiences from two local government representatives that have successfully adopted the policy.  Attached below, we have included a program of the day along with details on the objectives of the session.

The webinar will be in English, with International Sign Language Interpretation, Live Captions in English and with live automated captions in Spanish and French. 

 Please click here to register and receive the link for the session



The fourth edition of the Smart Cities Study 2021 developed by the UCLG “Community of Practice Digital Cities” focuses on the resilience of cities, and, especially, on analyzing how the covid-19 pandemic has induced cities to adopt “smart” measures to fight the negative effects that the pandemic has generated and that have contributed to the improvement of their resilience.

The Study aims to understand the pre-pandemic situation of cities, identifying their level of digitization and the “Smart” resources and tools they had. It analyses what impact the pandemic had on the different areas of local governance and what new “Smart” measures or tools were used to combat the negative consequences that were generated. Finally, the study determines to what extent these types of actions have served to increase the resilience of cities, and to assess the usefulness of the new measures and tools for combating future crises.

In this edition, 35 cities from 20 countries in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia have participated.

The study is available in Spanish and English

You may find more information in the following link:

Govtech 2021

GovTech 2021 invites data and technology pioneers to explore the challenges and successes of implementing new and emerging technologies in the public sector. Tech trailblazers and government officials will come together virtually on 12th October 2021 to share knowledge and bridge the gap between policy and cutting-edge technology. Your benefits:

  • A program delivered by leading policymakers and decision-makers across the technology sector
  • The opportunity to solve strategic problems by sharing ideas and solutions with over 300 of your peers
  • GovTech Deployment and GovTech Culture Shift streams to allow delegates to hear targeted content, tailored to their expertise

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ITU Digital World 2021

Join ITU Digital World 2021, the leading UN tech event for government, industry, and tech SMEs. Connect, exhibit and explore common challenges, share ideas and build partnerships. ITU Digital World offers:

  • A global platform for major industry players, tech SMEs, countries, and organizations
  • International visibility for innovative ICT products, technologies, and solutions
  • High-level debates led by experts on the core issues affecting the ICT sector
  • Targeted networking at all levels of the industry
  • Sharing knowledge and best practice across emerging and developed markets
  • UN recognition as a provider of ICT for sustainable development in the Awards Programm

ITU Digital World 2021 takes place in Hanoi, Vietnam from October 12-15, 2021.

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Innovate4Cities 2021

UN-Habitat and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) invite you to be part of the global Innovate4Cities 2021 climate change conference. Also known as the I4C conference, Innovate4Cities 2021 is a virtual global and regional event that brings together cities, innovation, climate change, science, policy and practice united by a common objective: enabling cities to take accelerated and more ambitious climate action.

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Smart buildings show 2021

Smart Buildings Show connects visitors to the latest information and technology in the smart buildings industry.

We will give visitors the information they need to arrive at an informed decision on how to make their intelligent buildings more economic for owners and more functional for occupiers. Smart Buildings Show will take place at ExCeL, London on 6-7 October 2021. Smart buildings deliver services that make occupants productive at the lowest cost and environmental impact over the building lifecycle. To do this requires adding intelligence from the design phase through to the end of the building's useful life. Smart buildings use information technology during operation to connect subsystems, which typically operate independently, so that these systems can share information to optimise total building performance.

Smart Buildings Show 2021 will cover all key aspects of creating and managing a smart building, including:

  • Building automation systems
  • Energy efficiency
  • Lighting and controls
  • Security
  • HVAC
  • Smart meters and monitoring
  • Networks and wireless
  • Software
  • Services and support
  • Building automation and design
  • Building energy management
  • Regulations and consultancy
  • Workplace and wellbeing


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