Smart Cities for Sustainable Development

Smart Cities for Sustainable Development

The world urban population will growth around 63 percent between 2014 and 2050. Megacities, cities with over 20 million inhabitants, will increase from the actual 28 to 41 by 2030.

Today, cities are already facing severe challenges in order to become sustainable in long run but in the future, with the foreseen urbanization rate, the sustainability challenges will be even greater. For becoming sustainable technology-enabled solutions can be used for improving cities mobility, energy consumption, environment, economy, living quality, education, public services, governance and decision-making process. The so-called smart cities urban model shares this vision and promises to be a comprehensive tool to address the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, in particular to achieve the Goal 11 of making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. However, the development of Smart Sustainable Cities initiatives is very complex and context-specific, depending on several multi-dimensional factors such as geographical size, economy, political environment, infrastructures, governance, culture, human development, among others.

This presentation helps to get a clearer understanding of smart city notion by using a rigorous conceptual framework for implementing smart cities initiatives. In this presentation, will be explained the concept of Smart Cities based on the reviewing of more than 1 thousand policy and research documents and on the surveying of 120 case studies.