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UN ECOSOC: Report on Smart cities and infrastructure

un ecosoc logoThe Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), at its eighteenth session in May 2015, selected smart cities and infrastructure as one of the two priority themes for the intersessional period 2015’“2016. This report presents key urbanization trends and their links to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

It provides an explanation of the term smart city, and describes the main components of smart infrastructure. It elaborates on the five main challenges encountered in the implementation of smart infrastructure projects, related to the following: (a) localization of smart infrastructure; (b) skills gaps; (c) lack of finance; (d) application of a suitable governance model; and (e) inclusivity. Finally, the report underlines the key role of science, technology and innovation (STI) communities in addressing these challenges, and provides some key principles that may help guide the design and development of smart cities.

You can download the report from here