This is a very positive initiative which will hopefully give genuine imetus to Smart City achievement that will benefit the stakeholders (=  city inhabitants, enterprises, commuters & visitors)

   by Thomas Mueller  –  29 Jan. 2029

United Nations Smart City Initiative launches Business Partnership Program

The United Nations Implementation Program for Smart Cities (United for Smart Sustainable Cities Implementation Program – U4SSC IP) strengthens the networking activities of the private sector and cities with a partnership program for companies in order to generate and implement smart and sustainable projects that are necessary to realize on a global scale. Furthermore, the program strengthens the active contribution of businesses to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The U4SSC IP partnership is designed to bring companies together with decision-makers and high-level city representatives in order to assess urban challenges and needs, develop solutions and initiate specific projects or investment opportunities as well as financing instruments.

“By matchmaking the main stakeholders from industry and the private sector with cities and municipalities, we can significantly accelerate the development of smart and sustainable cities through specific projects, thereby promoting quality of life and prosperity in line with the sustainability goals. We are enabling this matchmaking with the new partnership program for companies”, states OiER Secretary General Kari Aina Eik, who is responsible for the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) Implementation Program.

The Organization for International Economic Relations (OiER) has developed the U4SSC Implementation Program in cooperation with 16 UN organizations. The program is managed by the OiER and coordinated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN Habitat).

The managing partners for the new U4SSC IP partnership program for companies are the OiER and bee smart city, the global partner platform of U4SSC IP.

Benefits of the partnership program for companies

“A partnership with the U4SSC Implementation Program supports the participating companies in defining new business flows and implementing their sustainable activities profitably. Companies have the opportunity to network directly with cities and other companies online and offline, and to present their services and solutions to representatives and decision-makers from cities to start the cooperation process”, explains bee smart city Managing Partner Bart Gorynski and adds that at the same time, the company’s brand positioning is increased through global events, communication and PR activities within the U4SSC IP network.

For U4SSC IP partners, the program also offers connections to decision-makers from international organizations and the United Nations, in order to get involved in predefined and exclusive expert groups, global standard teams and working groups.

The partner companies that have already joined include: Siemens, Deutsche Telekom, Maxar, BDO, Leitner Ropeways, Offshore Simulation Center, BRAINTRIBE, Sanitronics, Rubicon, BTG, wbcsd, Emma, sendhybrid, Hyper Hydro Organics, etc.

More information about the U4SSC IP Business Partnership Program:

U4SSC IP Business Partnership Information

About the UNITED FOR SMART SUSTAINABLE CITIES (U4SSC) Implementation Program:

The UNITED FOR SMART SUSTAINABLE CITIES (U4SSC) Implementation Program is a global initiative developed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the International Telecommunication Unit (ITU), the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN Habitat) in collaboration with the Organization for International Economic Relations (OiER) and other international organizations, cities, industrial partners and actors from the financial sector.

The program is committed to sustainable development, it supports projects in cities on a global level and helps municipalities, especially in emerging and developing countries, to develop smart and sustainable urban solutions. To this end, the establishment of a multi-stakeholder platform and a content hub for smart city initiatives, the development of new intelligent financing mechanisms, in particular for PPPs, and the exchange of knowledge regarding best practices and experiences between cities is supported.

UNITED FOR SMART SUSTAINABLE CITIES is a unique platform that brings together international organizations, cities, companies, governments and high-level decision-makers to work on one goal: to develop and implement smart and sustainable city projects.

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c/o Organization for International Economic Relations (OiER)
Lukas Ertl
Head of Communications
Mobile: +43 (0)660 655 15 04

About bee smart city:

bee smart city is the worldwide leading smart city network with a community of almost 14,000 members from 170 countries who have access to over 670 smart city solutions, which have already been successfully implemented in more than 1,000 cities and municipalities.

The mission of bee smart city is to strengthen municipalities through the worldwide exchange of best practice solutions, expertise and experience in the development of smart sustainable cities or smart and sustainable municipalities and thereby the quality of life and prosperity of future-proof cities and communities to drive forward, taking into account the sustainability goals of the United Nations.

As an independent and trustworthy platform, bee smart city ensures transparency in the smart city market and connects cities and communities with each other, as well as solution providers (from start-ups to enterprises) and other actors from politics, business, science and society.

In addition to the Smart City solution platform, bee smart city operates a worldwide Smart City information portal (Knowledge Center) with over 300,000 readers as a source of knowledge, among others – for smart city strategies and trends, problem-solving approaches, concepts and projects of successful cities and events.

In addition, bee smart city accompanies governments, municipalities, utilities, property developers and other companies in questions of efficient digital urban transformation.

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Thomas Mueller    wrtiiten by Thomas Mueller

Thomas Müller is Managing Partner at bee smart city. As an economic development professional with more than 15 years of experience in city, regional and state level organizations, he developed and implemented numerous smart city and economic development projects with partners from government, different private business sectors, academia and the civil society.


bee smart city
Thomas Mueller
Managing Partner
Phone: +49 (0) 208 62801331
Mobile: +49 (0) 176 20192383

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