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Deadline: mid-October

The Global Smart Solution Initiative is a project that ICDI conducts together with ICLEI KCC, CityNet, and WeGO. All these organisations have a shared vision: in a fast-evolving world with multiple environmental and socioeconomic challenges and inequalities, cities are focusing on giving a solution to it through digital technologies and urban management systems while ensuring sustainability and development. In short, we want to see what cities do to enhance the quality of life and social equity while being sustainable and protecting the environment.


The Global Smart Solution Initiative was launched in 2018 with the vision to carry out the Bonn-Fiji Commitment and realize the Sustainable Development Goals. Issued during COP23, the Bonn-Fiji Commitment demonstrates local and regional leaders' strong intentions to work with all levels of government as they align with the Paris Agreement.


Our main goal is to create a case sharing platform for cities and a network of cities and organisations that can collaborate together regarding the challenges in urban sustainability. The theme for this year's initiative is "Inclusive, Resilient, and Smart Sustainable Cities," calling for cities everywhere to share their smart solutions achieving SDG 11. We aim to provide references and an insightful review of policy cases related to these smart solutions, their implementation and the progress within it. Through the report that comes along with the project, we expect to be able to offer innovative solutions and opportunities for policymakers and city officials around the world that can replicate these policies and projects to achieve inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable human settlements in cities.


The best case submissions will be awarded by being

Honored during the 2020 Smart City Summit & Expo.

Widely promoted through ICDI, ICLEI (KCC), CityNet, and WeGO communication channels.

 Featured in the 2020 Global Smart Solution Report and other potential publications.


SDG 3, SDG 6, SDG 13,SDG 15



This category aims to see how cities prepare themselves to absorb and recover from any shock or stress while maintaining its essential functions, structures, and identity as well as adapting and thriving in the face of continual change. Possible practices may include:

  • disaster risk reduction

  • emergency preparedness

  • water-sensitive design

  • nature-based solution

  • vulnerability and risk assessment

SDG 12


This category aims to see how cities lead the transition to a Circular Economy, which represents a systemic shift that builds long-term resilience, generates business and economic opportunities, and provides environmental and social benefits. Possible practices may include:

  • green procurement

  • urban metabolism

  • synergies of urban systems

  • waste management

SDG 7, SDG 9


This category features cities’ forward-looking pathways to transform themselves to a low-emission, resilient, green, inclusive urban economy. Possible practices may include:

  • eco-mobility

  • energy efficiency

  • renewable energy

  • clean air

SDG 9, SDG 10, SDG 16


This category features city cases applying inclusive approaches to create solutions to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, and sustainable. Possible practices may include:

  • community engagement

  • living lab


The submissions for the 2020 Global Smart Solution Initiative will be evaluated by a panel of eight or more leading experts in sustainable development, urban planning, and smart city programs.

The judges will use the criteria below. Each criterion carries equal weight in the evaluation.

  • Compatibility and significance: the impact on urban problems and SDGs (particularly SDG11); the importance or relevance of the initiative in addressing urban sustainability issues  

  • Innovativeness: the extent to which a forward-looking policy, an innovative project or planning process, new business model, or creative practice has been developed to address urban sustainability issues

  • Effectiveness and synergy: the extent to which the initiative has achieved or will achieve its stated objectives and other synergistic outcomes

  • Replicability and transferability: the value of lessons learned from the initiative in inspiring others to adopt new or similar policies

  • Scalability: the extent to which the initiative has advanced or will advance practical solutions to achieve urban sustainability

  • Ecological responsibility: the extent to which the initiative is conducted in a way that protects the environment or mitigates negative ecological impacts

  • Human-based approach: the extent to which the initiative considers human welfare and social inclusion (social inclusion refers to improving the ability for individuals and groups to take part in society, including those who are disadvantaged on the basis of their identity)

To submit a case, please click the button below!

For more information, please email


Building on the momentum of the 2018 Smart City Summit & Expo (SCSE), the International Climate Development Institute (ICDI) and ICLEI Kaohsiung Capacity Center (ICLEI KCC) launched the first Global Smart Solution Initiative in 2018, during COP24 and 2019 SCSE. We received twelve submissions, some of which we published in Global Smart Solution Report 2019: City Challenges and Innovations. The report outlined ten urban challenges that various cites have faced, and outlined their practical solutions in achieving inclusive, resilient settlements.

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32. Sustainable City Forum- Green Financ

Sustainable City Forum

2017 - Present

Since 2017, ICDI has co-organized the Smart City Forum with the Taipei Computer Association (TCA) and Taiwan Smart City Solution Alliance under the framework of the Smart City Summit & Expo.

According to Sustainable Development Goal 11, due to rapid urbanization, making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable has become an important target for city leaders. The Sustainable City Forum was held as one of the major events of the Smart City Summit & Expo to bring together worldwide smart solutions in renewable energy, energy efficiency, eco-mobility, green finance, circular economies and clean-water applications, facilitating urban resilience and sustainability.

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