United Smart Cities


Name of initiative United Smart Cities
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative No
Website address https://www.oier.pro/global-programs/u4ssc-ip/
Related initiatives
Starting year 2014
End year
Secretariat Project management is shared between the UNECE office in Geneva (e-mail: Domenica.Carriero@unece.org, phone:+41 (0) 22 917 16 72),

and the OiER Secretariat in Oppolzergasse 6, 1010 Vienna - Austria. E-mail: team@unitedsmartcities.org Phone:+43 1 532 22 66

Organisational structure In 2019 the United Smart Cities (USC) initiative was integrated into the United for Smart Sustainable Cities Implementation Programme (IP) to approach cities and the private sector on a global level – supported by 16 UN agencies.

United Smart Cities is a multi-stakeholder project coordinated, governed and implemented by the Organization for International Relations (OiER) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation United for Smart Cities Implementation Program
Type of lead organisation NGO/Civil Society
Location/Nationality of lead organisation Austria


Description United Smart Cities focus and cover all key areas of smart city development identified through the evaluation/rating in particular in medium-sized cities. Support to cities is given in the areas of smart city planning, strategy, project development, financing, implementation and evaluation. United Smart Cities contains a large international expert pool giving advice and support to cities participating in the program.
Objectives A smart sustainable city is an innovative city that uses information and communication technologies (ICTs) and other means to improve quality of life, efficiency of urban operation and services, and competitiveness, while ensuring that it meets the needs of present and future generations with respect to economic, social, environmental as well as cultural aspects”
Activities Cities address a detailed selection of 12 identified sectors:

Financial Institutions, Energy, Urban Mobility, Renewable Energy, Information & Communication Technologies, Urban Development Service, E-Mobility, Safety and Security, Recycling and Waste Management, Infrastructure Construction, Health Infrastructure, Green Housing and Facility Technologies

One or two success stories achieved

Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Technical dialogue, Political dialogue
Activity of initiative Knowledge production and innovation, Norms and standard setting, Knowledge dissemination and exchange
Comments on indicators and goals
How will goals be achieved
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals
Progress towards the goals
How are you tracking progress of your initiative
Available reporting Brochure at https://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/hlm/projects/SMART_CITIES/United-Smart-Cities-Folder_FINAL.pdf


Participants Number Names
Members 4  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 4 Organisation for international Economic Relations - OiER (Austria),  UNECE (Switzerland),  UNDP (USA),  Local 2030 (USA)
Financial Institutions 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 17 August 2020 14:33:37

Not only have national states as participators