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.
PRIZE & BENEFITS
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
vulnerability and risk assessment
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:
synergies of urban systems
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:
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:
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)
GLOBAL SMART SOLUTION REPORT
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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