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Invited Session 4

Thursday, 4 April 2019 | 14:00 - 16:00 | Room ADELAIDE (016.07.003/4)


Capacity Building on Digital Strategies for Sustainable Smart Cities: A Global Collaboration Framework


The Digital Development Department of the World Bank has been actively engaged with city and state governments across client countries helping them in introducing innovative digital platforms and solutions to support urban reforms, provide urban services and to work collaboratively in formulating transformation strategies. These innovative digital strategies and solutions help in addressing the urbanization challenges and build smart cities to improve the quality of life, efficiency of urban operation and services, and competitiveness, whilst ensuring that they meet the needs of present and future generations with respect to economic, social and environmental aspects leading to realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Green Growth agenda.

Over last two years (2015-2017), the team has built a digital platform for ‘Knowledge Exchange among Smart Cities’ and has been able to build knowledge partnerships to leverage knowledge and good practices from other multilateral agencies such as UN Global Compact Network,  UN Habitat and UNU-EGOV. The knowledge platform has been tested by enabling interactions between India Smart cities leaders and their counterparts in South Korea.

Currently, the platform access is extended to all countries in South Asia (demand side) and key countries in Europe (supply side). A strong demand has been received from many cities and client countries to help build the capacity of their smart city teams in assessing and deploying digital platforms and solutions for their smart city projects. The World Bank team has conducted need assessment studies and is developing a structured capacity building framework in association with UNU-EGOV, RMIT Australia, Queensland University and IHS Netherlands.

The session aims to present a global framework for capacity building of Smart City Leaders / project teams of developing countries in leveraging the potential of Digital Platforms and Solutions to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Globally, the ‘smart city concept’ is shaped by a complex mix of technologies, social and economic factors, governance arrangements, policy and business drivers. Digital technologies play a critical role in making cities and communities smart. This capacity building initiative will help the city leaders and policy makers identify innovative strategies and global good practices for successful implementation of smart city digital solutions and help project teams to enhance systematic deployment capabilities for these technology investments. The session will identify the multidimensional components underlying the deployment of digital platforms and business models for implementation of Smart solutions.



The session aims to strengthen collaboration among multiple academic and industry players engaged in capacity building on digital platforms to come together and help accelerate development of Smart Cities and Communities by enhancing skills of Smart City practitioner on using cutting edge digital technologies and platforms.  The session will also disseminate the results of Digital Development Departments project “Capacity building framework for Smart Cities”.

The session will complement ICEGOV’s Multi Partner Global Forum to deliberate on the collaboration framework between government agencies in Indo-Pacific region as well as between multilateral agencies like the World Bank, All India Institute of Local Self Government, UN Global Compact, Asian Development Bank, UN University, industry and academia for achieving shared goal accelerating development of Green Growth oriented smart cities by imparting new skills to smart city leaders and practitioners.  Session deliberations will focus on innovative digital platform ecosystems deployment strategies and the structured framework for preparing the Smart City teams through trainings and knowledge exchange opportunities on best practices to catalyse effective, coordinated and results-based implementation smart city missions in various countries to achieve the SDGs.  The session aims to contribute to achievement of following objectives:

Strengthen and deepen the collaboration among multiple capacity building and training agencies working in the domains of smart cities and smart villages. The World Bank has partnered with multiple UN agencies and academia to offer options of training programs for Smart Cities in developing countries. The details about the training programs will be presented during the session and inputs sought from participants to strengthen these programs. Fostering knowledge sharing among practitioners of Smart Cities and Smart Villages programs and the training agencies to as to match demand and supply. The session compliments the UN mission to create a multi-stakeholder partnership (SDG 19) and will serve as a platform for structured and continuous dialogue among academic agencies, governments, and private sector to jointly develop effective capacity building programs for smart cities and smart villages.



The format of the session will be presentations for one hour followed by Q&A session of one hour. We would also like to conduct a short round table discussion with project partners a day prior to the conference session if feasible. The organizers are requested to communicate if logistics for this lounge discussion be made available.


Chair - Track 14; Invited Sessions Coordinator
Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen
United Nations University (UNU-EGOV)
Invited Session 4 Panellist
Adam Beck
Smart Cities Council
Track 4 Chair, Invited Session 4 Panellist
Lorenzo Madrid
Smart City Business Institute
Chair - Track 13; Workshops Coordinator
Soumaya Ben Dhaou
United Nations University (UNU-EGOV)
Chair - Track 1
Sehl Mellouli
Laval University


Invited Session Organiser
United for Smart Sustainable Cities
Invited Session Organiser

Ministry of Digital Governance of the Hellenic Republic