UCLG-MEWA Committee on Smart Cities and Urban Mobility

According to OECD, %70 of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. Due to the intense population increase experienced in cities, the services of the local governments may fail. The UCLG-MEWA Committee on Smart Cities and Urban Mobility generally adopts a citizen-centered approach using technology facilitation. They are smart cities that are sustainable, transparent and accountable, produce solutions, adopt innovative and value-creating principles and carry out their activities with a holistic approach of urban policy and services.

Current Situation and Challenges in the MEWA Region

When we look at the region in general, the difference in income level is reflected in the smart city applications of the local governments and the citizens using these applications. In addition, the fact of war in some countries of the MEWA region is a very important fact that keeps investors from investing in these countries. Besides, the problem of finding human and material resources for the planned investments is also a problem reflecting the fact of the region.

Policy of the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Smart Cities and Urban Mobility 

The Smart Cities and Urban Mobility Committee adopts the Smart City Wheel classification developed by Boyd Cohen in order to follow a systematic method and methodology in its work. With the help of this classification, the needs of local administrations are manifested quite clearly. Two different approaches have been developed to manifest needs. The first is to develop solution-oriented actions, and the second is to propose transformative approaches and be the driving force in its implementation. As a requirement of the citizen-centered approach adopted as the UCLG-MEWA Smart Cities and Urban Mobility Committee, a permeable Smart Cities Service Model is adopted in the provision of urban services by moving away from the conventional service provider model.

Principles

  • Sustainability
  • Transparency
  • Solution oriented
  • Accountability
  • Innovative and Value Generating

Ecosystem

  • Universities: City Planning, Data Science, Engineering Departments
  • Technology Companies: Companies that respond to the needs of local governments and produce and design transformative products
  • Cooperatives: Cooperatives operating in software, technology
  • International Organizations and Platforms: International organizations and platforms related to the subjects in the six-layer classification
  • Public Institutions: UCLG-MEWA members and their affiliated public institutions and organizations
  • Think tanks and non-governmental organizations: Think tanks operating at local, regional and international levels

Field of Work

  1. Vision Studies for Local Governments
  2. Solution-Oriented Actions

The committee is chaired by Mousa HADID, the Mayor of Ramallah.

The Committee has 6 co-chairs. These:

  1. Greater Amman Municipality - Jordan
  2. Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality - Turkey
  3. Nablus Municipality - Palestine
  4. Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality - Turkey
  5. Asira Al Shamalia Municipality - Palestine
  6. Tabriz Municipality - Iran
Committee Documents

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE UNITED NATIONS PUBLIC SERVICE AWARDS 2021 HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 24 NOVEMBER 2020

The United Nations has extended its deadline for accepting nominations for the 2021 United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) to 24 November 2020.

 D-8 SECRETARY GENERAL WILL BE THE GUEST OF UCLG-MEWA LOCAL GOVERNMENT TALKS

On Wednesday, 25 November 2020 at 11.00 (GMT+3).

 TEHRAN GOLDEN ADOBE GLOBAL AWARD 2020

 UCLG-MEWA LOCAL GOVERNMENT TALKS HOST ENG. ALAADDİN M. AL BATTA

On Monday, 26 October 2020, at 14.00 (GMT+3)

 UCLG-MEWA EXECUTIVE BUREAU AND COUNCIL TO CONVENE

On 22 October 2020

 WEBINAR ON EMPOWERING LOCAL COMMUNITIES FOR INCLUSIVE COVID-19 RECOVERY

UCLG-MEWA and UN-Habitat Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS) are organizing a webinar on “Empowering Local Communities for Inclusive COVID-19 Recovery” and it will be held via Zoom on Monday, 26 October, 2020 at 10:00 (CEST).

 UCLG-MEWA EXECUTIVE BUREAU AND COUNCIL TO CONVENE

Within the scope of the biannual UCLG-MEWA Executive Bureau (April/May - October/November) and annual UCLG-MEWA Council (October/November), a thematic session entitled "Evaluation of City Government Strategies for the Post-COVID-19 Era from the Perspective of UCLG-MEWA Committees" will be organized virtually on 22 October 2020.

 UCLG-MEWA LOCAL GOVERNMENT TALKS HOST MUSA HADID

On Wednesday, 7 October 2020, at 13.00 (GMT+3).

 UCLG-MEWA LOCAL GOVERNMENT TALKS HOST NEŞET TARHAN

On Thursday, 1 October 2020, at 15.00 (GMT+3)

 UCLG-MEWA LOCAL GOVERNMENT TALKS HOST ALİ YILDIRIM SEZER

On Wednesday, 30 September 2020, at 15.00 (GMT+3).

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