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United Smart Cities

The United Smart Cities is a multi-stakeholder programme which aims to address the major urban issues in particular in medium-sized cities in the UNECE region and supports the implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the local level. It was launched in April 2014 by UNECE and OiER, and contributes to the work of the U4SSC initiative. 


  • To support cities to assess their performances in the areas of smart and sustainable urban development and set priorities for action;
  • To promote exchange of best practices between countries and cities engaged in the implementation of smart sustainable city activities;
  • To encourage cooperation among international, national and local stakeholders; 
  • To ensure knowledge transfer and strengthen the capacity of national and local authorities to develop and implement policies and actions to improve the quality of life of people and efficiency of urban operations;
  • To support the achievement of the SDGs at the local level.


  • Testing the Key Performance Indicators for Smart Sustainable Cities that UNECE elaborated with ITU and 15 UN bodies and other relevant stakeholders under the umbrella of U4SSC
  • Smart Sustainable City Profile - a comprehensive study on the performance of cities prepared by using the Key Performance Indicators for Smart Sustainable Cities, which provides concrete recommendations for actions; 
  • A city action plan - a strategic plan for the city concerning the implementation of the recommendations given in the City Profile;
  • Capacity building workshops and training on different areas, such as data collection, urban planning, financing city’s projects, etc.

Pilot Cities


Armenia                                                   Ukraine   

- Goris→                                                    - Voznesensk→



Meetings and Events

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For more information on the project, please contact:
Gulnara Roll
Housing and Land Management Unit
United Nations Economic Commision for Europe
E-mail: gulnara.roll@un.org