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Smart City Leaders’ Talks in Geneva

 

 

On 28 May 2024, during the ITU WSIS High-level events the Global Cities Hub and WeGO will organize the Smart City Leaders’ Talks in Geneva. The event aims to discuss the main issues of people-centered and climate-resilient smart city development and the necessary future framework to channel the global multistakeholder discussion on this crucial topic.

The Smart City Leaders’ Talks will focus on people-centered approaches to smart cities, with the multistakeholder participation of leaders of international organizations, mayors, and representatives of city networks. Speakers will highlight different aspects of smartness of their cities, including but not limited to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the protection of human rights, strengthening social inclusion, and advancing climate adaptation and resilience.

The exchange will offer insights on

(1) what are the most crucial aspects of digitalization and smart city development,

(2) how to ensure that smart city development benefits all and leaves no one behind,

(3) what best practices Mayors can share regarding their city’s achievements.

The WSIS+20 High-Level Events taking place from 27-31 May 2024 with the participation of heads of international organizations, ministers, mayors, and c-suite executives. It is the very place for city leaders to discuss emerging urban challenges of digitalization and share expectations on regulatory needs and policy development. Participants could share best practices on smart city development projects which seek to achieve both sustainable development and fulfil human rights. Establishing a new platform for city leaders opens a window of opportunity to have a forward-looking thematic discussion with relevant stakeholders.

 

 

 

Date: 28 May 2024
Time: 13.30-14.30
Location: Room B, Geneva International Conference Center, Rue de Varembé 17, Geneva 
Format: Hybrid
Language: English

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About WSIS+20

 

The WSIS+20 High-Level Events taking place from 27-31 May 2024 with the participation of heads of international organizations, ministers, mayors, and c-suite executives. It is the very place for city leaders to discuss emerging urban challenges of digitalization and share expectations on regulatory needs and policy development. Participants could share best practices on smart city development projects which seek to achieve both sustainable development and fulfil human rights. Establishing a new platform for city leaders opens a window of opportunity to have a forward-looking thematic discussion with relevant stakeholders.

The WSIS+20 High-Level Events would be a place for participants to:

  • Discover how smarter cities can contribute to local economic and social development;
  • Present recent achievements and lessons learned to avoid costly trial-and-error learning;
  • Share knowledge and explore best practices to help drive people-centered smart city projects forward;
  • Learn about practical solutions that can be adapted and implemented locally;
  • Build partnerships with key international organizations and public and private sector actors for a sustainable future;
  • Attend various multistakeholder networking events at WSIS+20.

More information about WSIS here.

 

Speakers

 

  • Manuel de Araujo, Mayor of Quelimane City (Mozambique)
  • Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, Mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (Bangladesh)
  • Jacquis Kemleu Tchabgou, Mayor of Dschang Municipality (Cameroon)
  • Sami Kanaan, Deputy-Mayor of Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Theo Blackwell, Chief Digital Officer, London (United Kingdom)
  • Jung Sook-Park, Secretary General, WeGO, Seoul (South Korea)
  • Kazumi Ogawa, Principal Coordination Officer, UN-Habitat
  • Peggy Hicks, Director of Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development, OHCHR
  • Dato’ Azhar bin Hj Arshad, Mayor of Seberang Perai (Malaysia)
  • Seizo Onoe, Director of TSB, ITU
  • Andras Szorenyi, Senior Policy Advisor, GCH (moderator)

 

Video-messages from

 

  • Elizabeth Naa Kwatsoe Tawiah Sackey, Mayor of Accra Metropolitan Assembly (Ghana)
  • Yousef Al Shawarbeh, Mayor of Amman (Jordan)
  • Katja Dörner, Mayor of Bonn (Germany)
  • Eric Adams, Mayor of New York City (USA)

 

Registration

 

Please register here. 

 

Partners

 

 

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