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COBIT Focus - COBIT 5 Aids Transition to Smart and Sustainable Cities

A new edition of The Green Standards Week has finished, but the journey for cities has just begun.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), together with several organizations, including the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Inter-American Association of Telecommunication Enterprises (ASIET), have organized the 7th edition of the Green Standards Week from 3 to 5 April 2017 in Manizales, Colombia.[i] The week was attended by more than 900 smart-city stakeholders,including mayors, policy makers, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), academia and industries from 27 countries. One of the significant outcomes of the event was the Manizales Manifesto (the Manifesto), which covers circular economy and smart sustainable cities and communities.[ii]

Two important facts about the Green Standards Week are:

·        Forty percent of participants at the event were women. This is not just a random statistic. The data indicate that women are actively concerned about cities and communities. According to the Manifesto,“Information and communications technologies (ICTs), the concept of circular economy, and the environment for development and entrepreneurship, can help facilitate the sustainable use of resources, while promoting gender equity and fostering socioeconomic development through standardization.”[iii]

·        Information technology is the core of smart sustainable cities (SSC). This is based on its international definition:

-         “A smart sustainable city is an innovative city that uses ICTs and other means to improve quality of life,efficiency of urban operation and services, and competitiveness, while ensuring that it meets the needs of present and future generations with respect to economic, social, environmental as well as cultural aspects.”[iv]


The Manifesto outlines 10 actions that must be taken by relevant stakeholders across the globe to help realize the Manifesto’s principles and developments.[v]

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