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Forum “Shaping Smarter and More Sustainable Cities: Striving for Sustainable Development Goals”

Forum “Shaping Smarter and More Sustainable Cities: Striving for Sustainable Development Goals”

18 - 19 May 2016
Rome Italy

Venue: Temple of Hadrian, Piazza di Pietra, Rome
Languages: English and Italian with simultaneous interpretation

At the kind invitation of the Ministry of Economic Development of Italy, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE),  together with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organized a forum on “Shaping Smarter and More Sustainable Cities: Striving for Sustainable Development Goals” on 18 and 19 May 2016 in Rome, Italy. The Forum was hosted by Tecnoborsa.

The main objective of this Forum was to analyze and conduct discussions on the concept of smart sustainable cities. It also aimed to map current national and international initiatives in this area, and identify key challenges and opportunities at the local level. During the Forum, various standards, indicators and methodologies implemented to assess the performance of cities were examined, along with the potential of smart sustainable cities in bolstering the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Session 1
Making our cities smarter and more sustainable
Cristina Bueti, Advisor, ITU
Energy-efficient buildings: barriers and opportunities. Lithuanian practical example
H.E. Daiva Matoniene, Vice-Minister of the Environment, Lithuania
Holistic planning of the characteristics, services and sustainability of the continuing transformation of cities and territories to lead the way to economic and social development and improving the quality of life of citizens
Giampiero Bambagioni, Chairman, UNECE Real Estate Market Advisory Group
Urban competitiveness and the future of urban services
Hazem Galal, Partner PwC, Cities and Local Government Global Leader
How traveling and tourism are impacting on the rise of smart cities
Daniel Sanz, Key Account Manager for Smart Cities, Libelium
Ensuring Smart Cities’ resilience through a robust cyber security posture
Giampiero Nanni, Government Affairs EMEA, Symantec
Session 2
Smart Cities in Spain
Francisco Javier García Vieira, Director, Digital Public Services Department, Spain 
Transforming cities for people’s happiness
H.E. Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General, Smart Dubai Office
Sardinia: from smart cities to a smarter island
Luigi Filippini, President of CSR4, Center for Advanced studies, research and development in Sardinia
Sustainable development of small cities
Vitalii Lukov, Mayor of Voznesensk, Ukraine
Session 3
Creation of Smart Cities - Enabling sustainable development of public spaces in Ukraine
H.E. Vyacheslav Negoda, Deputy Minister of Regional Development,
Smarter, Sustainable Cities as a source of Growth and Competitiveness
Andrea Gumina, Italian Task Force for Smart Cities, Cabinet Office of the Italian Minister of Economic Development
People’s first
Beatriz Corredor, Director of Institutional Relations, College of Registrars
Villach - Sustainability and longterm energy strategy
Petra Oberrauner, Deputy Mayor, City of Villach, Austria
Session 4
Driving the Internet of Things to shape smart and sustainable cities
Flavio Cucchietti, Moderator
Huawei Strives to Accelerate Digital Transformation and Jointly Build a Better Connected World
Alessandro Cozzi, Country Director Enterprise Business Group Huawei Technologies, Italy
Examining the use of peer review in the development of integrated sustainable urban development strategies
Ruslan Rakhmatullin, European Commission
The IEEE Smart Cities Initiative
Dario Petri, IEEE Smart cities initiative, University of
Session 5
Implementation of circular economy and physical internet for the cities of tomorrow
Franco Cotana, Professor, University of Perugia, Italy
Smart and Sustainable Cities
Gabriela Styf Sjoman, CTO, Telecom Italia
Key challenges, opportunities and barriers in urban transport
John Polak, Professor, Imperial College
Cities in the cognitive era
Alexey Ershov, Vice President, Smarter Cities Europe, IBM Corporation
Key Areas Cities Need to focus on to be fit for the Future
Mario Bozzo, Director, IBI Group
Session 6
Striving to achieve SDGs through international standards
Paolo Gemma, Moderator
Arrangements to encourage innovation and technological development in cities – Bill 3571
H.E. Ms. Silvia Fregolent, Member of the Parliament, Italy
United 4 Smart Sustainable Cities: shaping the cities of today and tomorrow
Domenica Carriero, Project manager, Housing and Land Management Unit, UNECE
Draft ITU-T Recommendation on Key Performance Indicators for smart sustainable cities to assess the achievement of sustainable development goals
Gundula Prokop, Senior Expert, Environment Agency Austria
Cultural and Creative City Monitor: A tool to measure cultural and creative activities in Europe
Pawel Stano, European Commission
Evaluating Smart Cities’ Sustainability: Smartainability
Andrea Temporelli, Junior Scientist, RSE, Italy
Session 7
Smart Sustainable Cities in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda: the way forward
Gulnara Roll, Head, Housing and Land Management Unit, UNECE
Sustainable cities: Hubs of Innovation, Jobs, Industrialization and Climate Action
Tonilyn P. Lim, Industrial Development Officer, Energy Department, UNIDO
Assessment of the potential of Russian cities to transition to the Smart City Model
Irina Ilyina, Director of the Regional Research and Urban Planning Institute of the Moscow Higher School of Economics
Smartness is a Means, Sustainability is the Goal
Roman Mendle, Smart Cities Programme Manager, ICLEI
Managing the geographical labour mobility as a strategic tool to make communities more competitive
Dario Manna, Chief Operating Officer "Porta Futuro – Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale"
Urban Infrastructure Digitalization – Ingredients for Liveable, Efficient and Resilient Cities
Christian Schwingenschlögl, Project Manager of City Intelligence Platform, Siemens