The Future of Asia and Pacific Cities 2019 Report: Thematic consultation on Smart Cities in Asia and the Pacific

10 Jul 2018
Singapore

As part of the production of the Future of Asia and Pacific Cities 2019 Report, ESCAP and Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) are partnering to develop a chapter on the Future of Smart Urban Data and Technologies, which will focus on how cities in the region can create sustainable communities and contribute to achieving the SDGs through the application of data innovations and Smart City development, and will highlight issues around the governance of Smart Cities, the digital divide, the gaps in technical capacities and skills to implement and run smart systems, data limitations, and privacy concerns.

The Report will engage with CLC on a variety of examples of Smart City initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. In particular, the ASEAN Smart Cities Network, supported by the Government of Singapore through its ASEAN Chairmanship, which aims to facilitate cooperation on Smart Cities development. The initiative will work with 26 pilot cities to catalyze bankable projects with the private sector, and secure funding and support from ASEAN’s external partners, whilst recognizing the need to focus on local priorities and cultural contexts.

As part of this process, ESCAP, in partnership with CLC, will host a thematic consultation on Smart Cities in Asia and the Pacific. The purpose of this consultation is to provide stakeholder inputs for the overall Future of Asia and Pacific Cities 2019 Report on the key thematic area of Smart Cities. It will focus on a review of challenges and future opportunities related to Smart Cities in Asia and the Pacific. The consultation will take place during the afternoon of 10 July 2018 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, during the World Cities Summit.