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SMART CITIES GLOBAL INITIATIVE
Global Sustainable Cities Commitments
The Age of Smart Cities
The future of our world is decided by the quality of its future cities. Globally, there are about 700 cities,
each with population exceeding 500,000, whereas the top 25 cities of the world today account for half of
the world’s wealth. The infrastructure investment for the cities is forecast to be $30 trillion to $40 trillion,
cumulatively, over the next 20 years. It’s projected that over 40 global cities will come as Smart Cities by
the year 2020.
On the top, the United Nations expects almost doubling of urban population by 2050, while the global
population will increase from 7 billion to 9 billion.
It’s forecast that the infrastructure investment for world’s cities is to range from $30 trillion to $40 trillion,
cumulatively, over the next 20 years.
According as UNCTAD World Investment Report, “Towards a New Generation of Investment Policies”:
“only 2 per cent of the $5 trillion in sovereign wealth fund assets has so far been invested in sustainable
Following the new investment policies, Japan - India are to build 7 smart cities in India, as the growth points
of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor project, estimated to cost around $100 billion overall, and expected
to attract an investment of $90-100 billion over the next 30 years.
At the first phase, each city is to get the financial assistance ranging from US $ 500-600 million, added with
the financial support of US $ 4.5 billion from the Japanese government.
The Japanese Government created a “FutureCity” Program with a goal to “construct sustainable cities with
superior environmental technologies, core infrastructure and resilience all over the world…to advance the
“Future City” model of urban planning with state-of-the-art environmental sustainability, strong disaster
resilience and superb livability”.
Russia is planning to unlock its multi-billion treasury funds to initiate large-scale infrastructural projects:
integrating the Trans-Siberian Railroad into Euroasian Rail Network with industrial and business hubs and
innovation clusters along the way.
Russia’s expenses just for its first intelligent model community (Skolkovo Innovation Center) might exceed
$15 billion, not mentioning it’s planned multibillion infrastructure projects.
China’s future “smart cities” are to become a main driver of its urbanization process, with 2 trillion yuan
($322 billion) allocated to more than 600 cities nationwide.
The Smart Cities Global Initiative is meeting an increasing concern of large variety of narrow technical
visions, models and approaches, when on many occasions, “the push towards smart cities is being led by
the wrong people – technology companies with naïve visions and short term commercial goals; while the
architects, planners and scientists… often struggle to share their specific knowledge”.
That alarming trend is to be remedied by the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and
Communities (EIP-SCC) bringing together cities, industry and citizens to improve urban life through more
sustainable integrated solutions at the interface of Transportation and Mobility, Energy and ICT (see an
Invitation for Commitments ).
Go broader and deeper, the Smart City Global Initiative is to re/integrate all the sustainable city
dimensions, Smart Transportation and Sustainable Mobility, Smart and Green Energy, Intelligent ICT, as
well as Smart Water, Smart Waste, Smart Governance, Smart People, Smart Safety and Security, Smart
Living, Smart Economy and Smart Environment.
It is thus to integrate siloed public administration agencies and departments of Health, Social Services,
Education, Public Safety, Emergency & Security, Transportation, Utilities, Buildings, Parks, Recreation and
Culture, Waste and Environment, as well as newly established but isolated Forums for Culture, Economy,
Knowledge Society, Social Affairs, Mobility, Cooperation and Environment.
On the top, there will be synergized different working groups following their specific, individual plans in Air,
Soil, Energy and Climate Action; Green Areas and Biodiversity, Clean City; Employment; Governance;
Innovation and Integrated Urban Development; Homelessness and Housing; Economy; Creative Industries;
Inclusion; Migration and Integration; Public Safety; Road Safety; Open Data; Cybersecurity; Smart Cities;
Funding and Investment; Transport, Energy, Waste, etc. (see, for example, London, Berlin or Rome, being
at the edge of bankruptcy http://www.eurocities.eu/eurocities/members/).
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Holistic Smart City Philosophy
The trillions cost question, what makes a city resilient and liveable, future-proved, vibrant and dynamic,
creative and innovative, clean and healthy, efficient and effective, or smart and sustainable, has as many
answers as the growing number of stakeholders, big and small, corporate or individual, state or civic.
Even among major stakeholders, the Smart City initiatives are mostly stressing just some specific urban
1. IBM’s Smarter Cities (ICT, data analytics, cloud computing, intelligent platforms)
2. Cisco’s Smart + Connected Communities (ICT, networking equipment, internet of things)
3. GSMA’s Mobile Cities (ICT, mobile networks, smart applications)
4. Smart City Planning Corporation, Inc. (ICT, Planning, Energy, Software)
5. Siemens’ Sustainable Cities (Energy, Transportation, Water, Waste, Healthcare)
As a recent example of fragmental urban development policy is the Bloomberg’s Global Mayors Challenge,
promising some symbolic awards for cities. Setting forward as the selection criteria, vision, potential for
impact, implementation plan, and potential to spread to other cities, it results, as for European cities, with
promoting partial “innovative solutions to urban challenges”, such as youth unemployment, ageing,
obesity, civic engagement, public health, social capital, economic development, government system,
transportation, energy, or environment.
There is currently some growing understanding in the necessity of a unified approach, like as the Microsoft’
CityNext promising to deliver “One City” “across eight critical functions: energy and water; buildings,
infrastructure, and planning; transportation; public safety and justice; tourism, recreation, and culture;
education; health and social services; and government administration”.
Still the only large institution, which is on the way to practice an integrated city philosophy, is the
mentioned EIP-SCC advancing sustainable integrated solutions. Crucially, in the EIP’s Operational
Implementation Plan, “Policy and Regulation” Priority Area, it’s stressed:
“Cities often focus on stand-alone smart cities projects”…“Cities need to involve a broad range of policy
fields and stakeholders and formulate an integrated smart city strategy”…
“Integrated Smart City Strategy initiatives require input from a number of actors:
City/Local Authorities: The smart city strategy has to be included in funding considerations. Also,
cities have to self-commit to include individual smart city projects within the larger overall smart
Regional Authorities: Regional authorities are responsible for Structural Funds in many countries.
The integration of regional authorities could mobilise Structural Funds for smart city
Funding Organisations: When granting funds the wider strategy should be considered.
Private companies and public utilities: Their views should shape the smart city strategy. Incentives
for private companies should be discussed to actively contribute and invest in the implementation
of the strategy.
Research Organisations: Their views should shape the smart city strategy. Incentives for research
organisations should be discussed to actively contribute and invest in the implementation of the
National Ministries: They should actively be aware and support their cities to work on a smart city
Citizens and NGOs: They should be informed about as well as actively included in the process”.
Extending a holistic philosophy of One Smart City, the Smart Cities Global Initiative is to initiate creating
sustainable cities with a long-term smart city strategy among European and global cities, with involvement
of local Platform Stakeholders and “Sustainable Smart Cities” LinkedIn Professional Group.
In addition, the Smart Cities Global Initiative is to facilitate developing a system of ISO standards for design
and planning, construction and redevelopment of cities, with integrated sustainable urban development,
safer and healthier city living, more creative communities, better security, social and economic, improved
energy saving and efficiency, reliable road networks and multimodal means of clean transportation,
reduced pollution, smart water and wastewater management, better urban environment, etc.
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Smart City Global Initiative Benefits
The SMART Cities Global Initiative aims for intelligent sustainable urban re/development, initiating a Smart
and Sustainable City Strategic Growth, with the following deliverables, schedule, and financial schemes:
1. DEVELOPING SMART AND SUSTAINABLE CITY POLICY AND REGULATIONS FRAMEWORKS
2. CREATING OVERALL SMART ECO CITY STRATEGY: Intelligent Community Design, Setting a
Comprehensive Intelligent Community and Smart City Agenda/ Strategy/
Vision/Roadmap/Integrated Master Planning/Indicator Systems
Deliverables: Smart City Branding & Full Sustainability Report & Total Package of the Next-Generation
Urban Development & Indicator Framework
3. SMART CITY “X” PROJECTS MANAGEMENT PLANNING (Work Breakdown Structure and Project
Scope: Smart Eco City Management Program
4. DEVELOPING SMART CLOUD CITY MANAGEMENT PLATFORM (MUNICIPAL CONTROL AND
Deliverable: Urban Management System; Smart Cloud Computing Urban Platform; timelines, 12-18 months
5. ORGANIZING SMART CITY SEMINARS FOR COUNCIL MEMBERS, MUNICIPAL STAFF, INVESTORS
AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS
Deliverables: Smart City “X” Intelligent Platform Seminars
6. ORGANIZING SMART CITY “X” STAKEHOLDER PLATFORM
7. ORGANIZING SMART CITY “X” INVESTORS SUMMITS (Local, European, International; Programs
8. DEPLOYING, SCALING, REPLICATING AND MANAGING SMART CITY “X” INTELLIGENT PLATFORM
across the World’s Cities
9. MONITORING PROGRESS, Performance evaluation through the KPIs and the city intelligence
10. APPLYING combined financing schemes: Sovereign Funds and Foundations, Innovative Bonds,
PPP, existing revenues, loans guarantees, revolving funds; commercial credits; national and city
public funds; Industry research / investment resources; crowd funding; for Eurocities, EU
Multiannual Financing Framework 2014-2020, EU Horizon 2020 (Lighthouse Projects) and/or ESIF;
EU CSF Funds 2014-2020 (Integrated Urban Development Platform), research and innovation funds
from domain EC Directorates (energy; mobility, ICT), and DG Research; EIB loans, etc.
Smart Benefits for European Cities
There are more than 100 000 cities, towns and communities in EU, with a fierce competition for resources,
local, regional and global, for public funding and private capital. But only sustainable urban communities
with the integrated smart city program will have a strong competitive advantage and investment
To shape a leading Smart City market, the European Commission established the European Innovation
Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities.
As a Smart Cities Platform Stakeholder, we advance the EU Smart City “X” Commitments across European
cities and communities:
The Global City Initiative is to help European cities commit for the sustainable urban development of land
and energy, transport and mobility, information and communications, as well as water and waste; real
estates and buildings, economy and business; education and health; safety and security; food and
consumption; government and public services; environment and nature:
Specifically, we facilitate Smart City Consortia, bringing together cities and communities, business and
industry, academia and research institutions, and civil society to accelerate the large-scale roll-out of
smart city technologies and services in Europe’s cities.
Committing to smart cities is opening for your city new investment opportunities, as well as the gateways to
all relevant European 2020 programs, funds, schemes, and projects, as large "Lighthouse Projects".
Participating in the Global Smart City Initiative will strengthen smart opportunities for your city to
participate in large, integrated, interdisciplinary and highly visible "Lighthouse Projects" financed by
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Over the next 7 years, the EIP is envisaged a portfolio of at least 20 - 25 lighthouse projects each with
approximately 6-10 cities (and partners), which have the potential for Europe wide roll out.
Participating in the Global City Initiative allows unique services for creating comprehensive smart city
strategies and integrated implementation planning with an economy-sized deployment of smart city
Smart Municipalities Commitment Applications
The Smart Cities “X” Global Initiative is designed for “X” megacities, municipalities or communities, from
Adelaide to Peking to Moscow to Rome to London to Paris to Washington to Wellington, or brand new cities,
all who are after a unified smart community development strategy and holistic sustainable planning,
unifying all the city systems, services, operations, activities, departments and agencies as a sustainable
smart urban ecosystem.
Successful applications are to provide evidence that the city, municipality or community has potential
capacity to tap the intelligent resources offered through the Smart Cities Global Initiative, that its
transformation to a smart city has a strong leadership and that the city has strong intentions to invest
intelligent and financial capital into smart and sustainable urban development
The Smart City “X” Consortium will provide the intelligent property investment to selected urban entities as
listed above in the Smart Cities Global Initiative Benefits.
In addition, a City’s Mayor and Council will be assisted with exclusive Smart City seminars for city councils
and all the key stakeholders and industrial partners.
Besides, a City’s Universities will be assisted to lay out Masters and PhD programs and courses in smart
cities, online and offline.
On the top, a City’s Developers will be assisted with modeling and planning the economy-sized future
property development projects.
For more information on the Smart Cities Global Initiative, basic requirements, criteria, application guide,
sources and resources, refer to the online brief guide.
The Smart City Applications are submitted in several sessions. The first applications are invited to be
submitted via email to Panayiotis Ioannou,
Executive Manager – EIS Smart City “X” Global Initiative at firstname.lastname@example.org by 15th July 2014
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