It is estimated that by 2050, two thirds of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. In order to accommodate both:
- the needs of the citizens,
- the needs of the environment,
A global shift towards more responsible cities will be needed, and will involve a large number of scientific and technological innovations. In recent years, we have witnessed a gradual change.
- In transportation,
- In economy,
- In environmental awareness,
This has led to the concept of Smart Cities, in which roughly seven out of ten people will live within the next thirty years. These more sustainable and responsible eco-cities, will lead to major changes in daily life and will require education and more effective community involvement in order to face climate change and sustainable development challenges.
GENEVA FORUM weekly schedule: Main topics of the Smart Cities theme
|Smart Cities Morning||Focus on Rights of Nature (legal)||Focus on Responsible Finance||Focus on conflict Mediation|
|Smart Cities Afternoon||Focus on Responsible Tourism||Focus on Rights of Nature (Projects)||Focus on Citizens Sciences||Focus on Education|
If you wish to be part of one of these events either as a listener or as a speaker, please follow this link: GENEVA FORUM Schedule
By attending this exceptional meeting, you will also have the opportunity to experience the United Nations Building, which will be hosting the Geneva Forum. By being in attendance at the United Nations Building, you will be able to have a substantial influence on global awareness and decision-making thanks to the attendance of numerous sustainable development representatives and stakeholders.
Through the Geneva Forum, the NGO Objectif Sciences International promotes a dialogue on these major contemporary challenges. This meeting of the international scientific, political and academic communities will offer an update on technological and scientific advances as well as on upcoming projects concerning the evolution of Smart Cities.
In our era of digital revolution, one of the major advancements towards sustainable development and environmental protection has been a clear transformation in our lifestyles and in the places in which we live. By bringing together governments of all levels, companies, institutions as well as citizens, Smart Cities can evolve along with citizens’ needs while also addressing environmental issues: better access to public services, more efficient use of time, space and money and greater social inclusivity, for example through the development of fully accessible public transport networks which will not be dependent on non-renewable energy.
These smart and sustainable cities will use new technologies to meet demands while consuming energy and resources in a more eco-friendly way. In order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, these new technologies will have to align with legal and regulatory models as well as offering new student and professional training so that all citizens of these cities of tomorrow will be able to enjoy living their lives in these urban areas.
Rather than being just "Smart Cities", these new sustainable cities will be made up of citizens, governments, businesses and trades that must also be “smart”. A whole range of professions ( lawyers, urban planners, architects, scholars, scientists and politicians) must come together and work to address new issues and challenges arising from the urban lifestyle of these digital cities. This will particularly be the case in matters of digital security and artificial intelligence. Good governance and greater democracy will therefore be necessary to allow not only greater citizen involvement, but also an opening up of discussions and suggestions at the global level with the aim of reaching consensus, as well as new international and regional rules and regulations.
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