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The United Smart Cities Project represents a global initiative, initiated by United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in cooperation with the Organization for International Economic Relations (OiER) and several high level and expert project partners including the Dubai Real Estate Institute (DREI), UN-Habitat, International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Environmental Agency Austria (EAA). 

The main program objectives encompass promoting sustainable development in cities at a global level, supporting cities in transition and developing countries to develop smarter and more sustainable urban solutions, establishing a multi-stakeholder platform and content hub for smart city initiatives, identifying and developing new smart financing mechanism, especially for PPPs,  and ensuring knowledge transfer to identify best practices and lessons learned among cities. 

USC represents a unique platform in bringing together international organizations, companies, governments and high level decision makers to work together on 1 Goal: Generate Smart City Projects.



A strategic goal of the proposed project is to promote sustainable urban development, especially in countries with transition economies and developing countries, through analysis of practices and policies, pilot activities, exchange of experiences and best practices, networking and capacity building. The project will help to scale up the European experiences of smart cities to countries outside of the EU.

The project objective is to strengthen the capacities of national and local authorities in the project region for the development and implementation of national and local policies for sustainable urban development.

In order to ensure sustainable development of urban areas and smart cities, it is of utmost importance and an asset of this project to work to establish linkages between the public and the private sector. The project will work to develop cross-sector partnerships as well as to work to ensure development of a sustainable and long-term vibrant and profitable network of Smart Cities.



The Smart City PROFILES approach provides structured information about different areas of activity in urban development by specifically including factors, which are of relevance for climate and energy as levers for improving urban development. In this context smartness means that the cities involved are aware of the different dimensions of urban development and that they actively participate in decision-making processes about desired changes and put their focus on particularly sustainable, intelligent (i.e. smart) and attractive strategies. In this way it is easier to integrate individual solutions such as innovative building technologies or mobility offers into the overall urban system, while better planning and steering of measures will contribute to effect optimization.

The aim of the project is to develop city profiles, which give a full and detailed picture of the characteristics and special features of cities and municipalities and can be reproduced by other cities.


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