Smart Cities - New Actors for a Transition towards Sustainable Future
May 12- 15
Jeju, Republic of Korea
With 55% of the world's population living in cities, cities have played a key role in the transition to a more sustainable future. To achieve sustainability, it is imperative that we significantly transform the way we manage our urban spaces. Sustainable Cities and Communities is designated as a standalone goal of SDG 11. The international community in particular emphasized the need to support developing countries to implement policies to better transit to a sustainable future. This includes ensuring city-dwellers have enough food, energy and water for their well-being. Climate change and ecological degradation are also expected to add to the mounting challenges in developing countries.
As cities become more digital and connected than ever before, we need to capitalise on the opportunities that are brought about by the emergence of new technologies. According to the OECD, smart cities are defined as initiatives or approaches that effectively leverage digitalisation to boost citizen well-being and deliver more efficient, sustained and inclusive urban services and environments as part of a collaborative, multi-stakeholder process. This workshop, therefore, will talk about smart cities as new powerful actors for a transition towards sustainable future.
Smart cities have to be well planned, designed, implemented and effectively managed with strategic policies and investment so that they serve as hubs of sustainability and economic prosperity. It will also be required to have good governance that engages diverse stakeholders in decision-making and also oversight of how urban resources are utilised and managed. Effective and integrated development enables cities to manage the different priorities in the process, empowering cities to achieve economic development, high quality of life and a sustainable environment. To do so, national and sub-national authorities need to establish enabling environments to encourage players from different sectors to make meaningful contributions.
The workshop is expected to help cities in transition to seize the existing opportunities by learning from other cities in a similar condition, and to give guidance to policy makers in the region on their policy attempts towards sustainable future. For the capacity building, this event will;
· Provide an opportunity for the local governments in the Asia-Pacific region to exchange policies and best practices on smart cities development through city-to-city cooperation;
· Promote a learning atmosphere between cities and establish a strong network which can be utilized after the workshop;
· Offer a venue for knowledge sharing and discussion and motivate participants to implement well-designed policies, with a particular focus on UN SDGs.
At the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to:
· Understand the role of cities as new actors in the context of 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda;
· Utilize the lessons learned from the good cases of smart cities;
· Have a basic understanding of smart cities for cities in transition, and deepen the ideas of sustainable practices for regional/city/local development;
· Share the best practices of the community/local government-driven policy initiatives;
· Coordinate partnerships to effectively promote the benefits of smart cities with civil societies, government, and local entrepreneurs.
Central/local authorities, representatives from NGOs, leaders of regional and community-based organizations, academic and training institutions and other local actors, who are working for a transition towards sustainable and smart cities within the Asia-Pacific region.
· Event type Workshop (training program)
· Date 12 - 15 May, 2020
· Venue Jeju International Training Center, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea
· Organizers UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC
· Certificate UNITAR and UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC will jointly issue a certificate upon the completion of the training.
Contents and structure
The training will be composed of the following sessions:
· Smart cities and Cities in Transition
· Connecting Cities to Solutions
· Challenges to Smart Cities
· Good Governance
· Smart transition to Sustainable Future
· UNITAR-Developed City-Share Methodology
** Sessions are flexible to changes
The training will be comprised of:
· Lectures and presentations by experts (English)
· Self-assessment exercise
· Group work and discussion
· Study tour and Field trips
Applicants are required to:
· Be fluent in written and spoken English
· Submit necessary documents on time, i.e., application forms etc.
· Complete and submit pre-training assignment, i.e., case study description etc.
· Actively participate in the training program.
*Participants are required to bring a personal laptop for UNITAR Cityshare Sessions
Application and deadline
Send the following documents to Smart Cities WS Application by 31st March, 2020 (Tuesday): , email titled:
** Late application will NOT be accepted.
· Application without the required documents will NOT be considered.
· Participation is subject to the approval of the application by UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC.
· ONLY selected applicants will be notified individually.
Assistance with travel expenses
· UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC provides a LIMITED financial assistance with the airfareto Jeju-do, Republic of Korea.
· Local expenses (transportation, accommodation and meals) during the workshop period (only during May 12 ~ 15) will be covered by UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC,
except for arrival and departure days.
· All other expenses (local transportation in their country, visa fee) should be covered by the participants.