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UPP attending 2017 World Smart City Summit and Smart City Week

Categories: Events, Other Events, News | Author: Maja | Posted: 8/30/2017 | Views: 7753
Seoul, September 04-08, 2017.

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) of South Korea, with the support of World Bank’s Smart Cities KSB and Korea-World Bank Partnership Facility will host, from September 04-08, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea, World Smart City Summit and Smart City Week.
 
Two UPP city representatives from Rijeka (Croatia) and Belgrade (Serbia), will have the opportunity to join this important event and hear about different infrastructure development projects and outcomes, as well as exchange and share experiences with other countries worldwide.
 
During this study tour, city representatives will have an opportunity to interact with key eGovernment practitioners and to meet senior representatives from leading ICT companies who have been engaged in developing world leading and state of the art Smart City solutions. The program is designed to provide maximum opportunity to explore possibilities of replicating best practices in Smart City development.

This will be unique chance for participants to explore possibilities of replicating best practices in Smart City development and initiate possible multilateral cooperation with the government and IT industries of Korea and participating countries.

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Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Cities

Worldwide, local governments face an increasing demand from the growing urban population to provide basic infrastructure and services, promote more inclusive growth, adapt to climate change, and mitigate risks from disasters. Although development pathways differ because of regional and local variations, one consistent pattern has emerged: economic prosperity most often occurs in cities.

Cities can reduce poverty and expand individual and national prosperity. The bulk of economic activities take place in cities; urban centers attract business, trade and other service industries, and offer dense labor markets with the ability to move products over smaller distances, shortening the supply chain. However, cities in South-East Europe (SEE) do not yet harvest their full potential to contribute to economic prosperity and deliver better quality of life for their citizens. They face a number of challenges such as climate change, natural disasters, increasing global competition and financial instability. At the same time, cities have room for improvement: they can use their own resources more efficiently and also possess a huge potential for energy efficiency.

In order to address these challenges the World Bank and Government of Austria have partnered to launch the Urban Partnership Program (UPP) aimed to strengthen the capacity of local governments in South-East Europe, to promote city to city exchange and peer learning within and beyond Europe and to equip local elected officials, city administrators and technical staff with practical tools for decision-making, to effectively manage urban development for inclusive and sustainable growth. While global in scope, this Program is targeted at South-East Europe, including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. 

The Program is structured into three product lines to reflect the demand: E-learning & Knowledge products: Global curriculum through World Bank Open Learning Campus and Regional/local Partners: NALAS (E-Academy), LGAs; Connectivity through City to City Dialogues on Municipal Finance, Urban Planning & Land Management; and Sustainability through In depth city engagement, including self-assessment tools (Municipal Finance Self-Assessment and Urban Audit) and participatory methodologies (Integrity Building and Social Sustainability & Citizen Engagement). 

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