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Name: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
Location: Bonn, Germany
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Date Published: Aug. 2, 2017, 5:44 p.m.

ICLEI, is a global network of more than 1000 cities, towns and cities committed to building a sustainable future. In its SMART Cities Agenda, ICLEI works strategically with companies and business associations to improve community access to partners in the private sector and promote cooperation between cities and businesses. Among its actions, ICLEI: 1) organizes events such as "Metropolitan Solutions", 2) created the "Solutions Gateway" Internet Platform, which integrates technologies into holistic solutions to reduce carbon emissions, 3) organizes Workshops for city-to-business dialogue and market engagement to promote mutual understanding; (4) conducting research and publications for ICLEI member cities and enterprises aimed at defining lines Guidelines on city-enterprise cooperation. In addition, ICLEI is committed to standardizing processes to promote a critical and thoughtful approach to Intelligent Cities.


Vision and Experience on Cities and Technologies

The "SMART" approach is one way to contribute to sustainable development and building resilience. The SMART approach facilitates good governance and the appropriate and innovative use of technology, technology and resources by making sound decisions and taking into account both short and long term perspectives. Essential principles of sustainability, such as intergenerational justice, environmental justice and social integration are the foundation of SMART.

Also, an Intelligent City integrates the SMART approach into all its operations and is guided by the principle of becoming more sustainable and more resilient. It analyzes, controls and optimizes its urban, physical (eg energy, water, waste, transport and pollution) or social (eg social and economic inclusion, governance, Citizen participation), through transparent and solidary information feedback mechanisms. A smart city is committed to continually developing and adapting knowledge and, through the application of systemic thinking, aspires to improve social inclusion, cohesion, responsiveness and governance. The definition of Intelligent Cities is often based on how integrated data and technologies are used to improve municipal management and the efficiency of public services.

However, SMART technologies are just one of many tools used to build Smart Cities. While SMART technologies can be used to enhance the city's "intelligence", this "intelligence" extends beyond the mere use of data and technology and involves a holistic and critical approach based on sustainability, good governance and Institutional frameworks and appropriate mechanisms that put the citizen at the center.


  • ICLEI Smart Cities
  • ICLEI City talk (blog)
  • WBCSD - ICLEI (2014), Innovative City-Business Collaboration:Emerging Good Practices for Improving Urban Development. This report analyzes six initiatives around the world of cooperation between cities and companies following holistic and multi-stakeholder approaches. It identifies lessons learned and highlights commonalities and differences in cases. The report is based on the following observation: Innovative collaboration between city and company takes place from the definition of the vision and objectives of sustainable development of the city to the final stages of implementation. This document can be downloaded here: