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 2ND WORLD FORUM ON INTERMEDIARY CITIES WILL BE HELD IN KÜTAHYA

Forum will be held under the auspices of Kütahya Municipality in Turkey on 5-8 October 2021.

 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between UCLG-MEWA and Asian Mayors Forum (AMF)

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between UCLG-MEWA and Asian Mayors Forum (AMF) to providing a general framework in promoting the localization of the Urban Global Agendas and increasing the membership base of both organizations.

 UCLG-MEWA EXECUTIVE BUREAU AND COUNCIL TO CONVENE IN BALIKESİR, TURKEY

United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) Executive Bureau and Council Joint Meeting and the Global Taskforce on Migration (GTFM) End-of-Year Reflection Meeting will be held on Thursday, 11 November 2021 under the auspices of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality as UCLG-MEWA Co-President.

 UCLG CULTURE SUMMIT IN IZMİR: REGISTRATION & PROGRAMME

The Summit will send strong messages on the role of culture in development, and its programme will emphasize that culture is an integral part of sustainable cities and communities.

 UCLG WORLD SECRETARIAT EXTENDS SOLIDARITY TO TURKEY

Saiz: “We would like to express our solidarity with the people and local governments of Turkey that are affected by the situation, in particular in the area of Marmaris.”

 CALL FOR SOLIDARITY

As UCLG-MEWA Presidency and members, we express our solidarity with the Turkish people and local governments over the ongoing wildfires, which have had devastating effects in particularly southern Turkey.

 CALL TO HOST UCLG-MEWA EXECUTIVE BUREAU AND COUNCIL MEETINGS

Our Organization is planning to hold UCLG-MEWA Executive Bureau and Council Meetings, which will last for two days between 25-30 October or between 17-20 November.

 WEBINAR ON RIGHT TO THE CITY UNDER OCCUPATION: THE CASE OF PALESTINE

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, Turkish, Arabic, French and Spanish.

 HIRING PROJECT ASSISTANT

We are looking for colleagues to be employed as a Project Assistant as part of the Organization's Committees and Projects Department

 4th Smart Tehran Congress

We would like to inform you about the 4th Smart Tehran Congress which will be held virtually on July 5th -6th, 2021.

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