WSIS 2022 – Towards People Oriented Cities

Organized by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Geneva Cities Hub, on 29 March 2022, 11:45-12:45 Geneva time.

In a rapidly urbanizing world, data, artificial intelligence, and connectivity are shaping the future of our cities and societies.

Digital transformation is increasingly becoming a focus of strategic thinking and planning of many cities and communities, because digital services and applications will change and transform citizens’ experience of life and well-being. Digital technologies have the potential to serve people, improve public services and help cities on their path to becoming smarter and more sustainable. Smart sustainable people-oriented cities can be an inclusive force for good and have a tremendous positive impact on people’s lives.

The World Summit of Information Society (WSIS) and the Geneva Cities Hub co-organized a webinar with a twofold objective:

  • to look at how international standards and current practices are helping cities become more people-oriented, while also meeting the ambitious climate targets set out by the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • to celebrate the Francophone Day by focusing on francophone cities, among others

To support digitalisation, technology must meet concrete and future people needs” said Mr. Bilel Jamoussi, Chief of Study Groups, TSB, ITU. “Happy to moderate a rich substantive event, showcasing Mayors’ involvement in people-centred digitalization, like the Mayor of Namur did”, said Ms. Kamelia Kemileva, Co-Director, Geneva Cities Hub.

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