World Future Council: Cities’ Smart Sustainable Pioneering Models Project Launched

World Future Council: Cities’ Smart Sustainable Pioneering Models Project Launched

In cooperation with the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD) under the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the World Future Council organized the Best Practice Release in the evening of August 21. During the event, the Smart Sustainable Pioneering Models project was co-launched by the World Future Council and CCUD, with international and national best practices of smart sustainable cities introduced as well. Prof Herbert Girardet, the honorary councillor of the World Future Council gave the keynote speech, followed by international smart city experience sharing presented by Ms. Beate Weber-Schuerholz, the former load mayor of Heidelberg, Germany; Mr. Niall O’Connor, center director of Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden; Mr. Peter Sailer, project director of Sino German Urbanisation Partnership of GIZ, Germany; and Ms. Aisa Tobing, Deputy Secretary General of CityNet, Indonesia.

There are over 1,000 smart city pilots ready for or under construction worldwide, and China is home to about 500 of them, covering big and small cities. Three groups of cities have been listed as national pilot projects so far, and the country aims to nurture 100 new smart cities from 2016 to 2020 to lead the country’s urban planning and development. With such high development speed, the Smart Sustainable Pioneering Models project will evaluate successful models using smart means to solve urban issues from cities and local governments worldwide, present best practices from around the globe to improve strategy, design, operations and maintenance in developing smart urban areas, along with technology and infrastructure, to ensure residents’ needs can be met efficiently and in a timely manner. The Smart Sustainable Pioneering Partnership between smart cities and smart enterprises will be launched afterwards, together with several site visit to pioneering cities, best practice research and international seminars to exchange experience in depth will be followed as well.

About 300 guests attended the Best Practice Release by invitation, and over 120,000 audiences in total attending the Fourth China Smart City International Expo. The whole event was organised by CCUD and lasts for 2 days, with main forums on August 21 and 16 parallel sub forums on August 22.


Article by Zoey Zhou
Photo credits: World Future Council (CC)