The Director of ITU Standardization Bureau, Chaesub Lee, has announced Kyebi as the newest member of the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC).
Presenting the certificate to Honourable Akosua Asabea Annoh (MCE of Abuakwa South Municipal Assembly), the Director of ITU Standardization Bureau explained that, a smart sustainable city is an innovative city that uses information and communication technologies and other means to improve quality of life. The United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative was created to provide an open platform for knowledge sharing and promote dialogue on driving digital transformation for the creation of smart and sustainable cities which is supported by 18 United Nations agencies and programmes and is coordinated by ITU, UN-Habitat and UNECE.
This presentation was made during the opening ceremony of the 14th International Telecommunications Union (ITU)Kaleidoscope Academic Conference 2022 in Accra.
Kaleidoscope 2022 is the fourteenth in a series of peer-reviewed academic conferences organized by ITU to bring together a wide range of views from universities, industry, and research institutions. The Kaleidoscope conference aims to identify emerging developments in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and areas in need of international standards to aid the sustainable development of an interconnected world.
“I am honoured to present the U4SSC Certificate to the City of Kyebi for their efforts towards its smart and sustainable city transformation. This segment is dedicated to the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative Ceremony because over the years, Ghana has adopted socio-technical framework for digital transformation, keeping its citizens at the centre of this process. The efforts and investments towards this cause by the Government of Ghana is envisioned to position the country as a regional hub for digital services in the coming decades,” he said.
Chaesub Lee revealed that there is no one size-fits-all model for Smart and Sustainable Cities, stating that, the Smart City trajectory should be viewed as a distinct long-term journey that cities should undertake, keeping in mind the needs of the inhabitants and advancements in technologies.
The global urban population is expected to reach approximately 70% by 2050. The demand for city services is anticipated to grow with rising population, coupled with the drastic impacts on cities’ environment.”