New York, USA – A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been reached between the UN Office of Communication and Information Technologies (OICT) and UN-Habitat that provides a framework of cooperation regarding the development of emerging technology tools and digital platforms for urban design and planning.
The creation of new technologies for urban planning and municipal governance is a reality which improves the provision of services to citizens. ICT and UN-Habitat are pleased to join efforts with the goal of fostering inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities, as enshrined in Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.
The MoU identifies four principle areas of collaboration: 1) Facilitate the development and implementation of emerging technology tools and digital technologies to assist in building capacity for safe and resilient cities; 2) Jointly monitor the development of emerging technology tools and digital technologies related to sustainable urbanization; 3) Collaborate and participate in events of mutual interest; 4) Strengthen collaborations through joint public/private partnerships at the regional and country level with a focus on Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.
UN Habitat is the focal point for sustainable urbanization in the UN system. With more than 40 years of experience worldwide, this programme works in over 90 member states to create a better urban future for all as more than half of the world population is already living in cities. Its core mission is to promote the development of socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements and strive for adequate shelter with better living standards for all.
The MoU with Habitat is the latest MoU signed between OICT and UN entities. Last month an MOU was reached with UNICRI. Together with its emerging network of UNTIL Labs – which operate in four countries – OICT is emerging as a go-to source for UN bodies and member states seeking technology solutions.
"The advances of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including those brought on by a combination of computing power, robotics, big data and artificial intelligence, are generating revolutions in health care, transport and manufacturing.
I am convinced that these new capacities can help us to lift millions of people out of poverty, achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and enable developing countries to leap‑frog into a better future."
23 March 2018, New York