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City Digital Transformation

The availability of more and faster internet connections, satellite data and imagery, advances in machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, cryptocurrency, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things are transforming our cities at every level. These emerging technologies have potential to advance sustainability and development work. However, digital technologies will also trigger new challenges because they can create inequality, or make it worse.

UNDP’s Digital Strategy supports these efforts by fostering new collaboration models, introducing supporting systems, structures and mechanisms to drive innovation, and building capabilities to develop and apply digital solutions that will enhance the quality, efficiency and effectiveness. The Digital Strategy sets out the vision for the evolution of UNDP over the next three years, responding to a changing digital development landscape and the evolving needs of our partners. It is framed through two inter-related transformation pathways:

Digital Transformation Pathway 1 looks outward at how we can use digital technologies to improve the way we work, including how we deliver, create, collaborate and advocate.

Digital Transformation Pathway 2 is more internally focused and aims to improve the quality, relevance and efficiency, and impact of UNDP´s business offering through better knowledge sharing and improved data usage.

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19 Nov 2019 - Urban Aerial Mobility – the movement of goods and people through the skies – has long been a focus for city builders, policymakers, engineers and urban designers trying to understand how unlocking the elusive third dimension of transportation could positively transform people’s lives.

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19 Nov 2019 - Singapore is the world’s smartest city. That’s according to a new survey Published by Swiss business school IMD and the Singapore University of Technology and Design - the IMD Smart Cities Index - which looked at how well cities are adopting digital technologies and improving the lives of the people who live there.

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13 Nov 2019 -  By the end of the century, none of the world’s largest 20 cities will be in China, Europe, or the Americas. Africa, meanwhile, will host 13 out of 20, including the top 3.

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12 Nov 2019 - Four major forces are shaping cities of the future. How can they thrive in the face of challenges and change?

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1 Nov 2019 - The report titled, ‘The Future of Asian and Pacific Cities: Transformative Pathways Towards Sustainable Urban Development,’ describes 15 policy pathways across four priorities to guide future urbanization: urban and territorial planning; urban resilience; smart and inclusive cities; and urban finance.

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15 Oct 2019 - The city of the future will rely far more on strategic planning and governance than it will on technology.

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15 Oct 2019 - The world is urbanizing and the Fourth Industrial Revolution is transforming life at an unprecedented rate. Cities must be “agile” – able to move quickly and easily – to enable their citizens to thrive.

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4 Oct 2019 - UNDP, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and partners jointly launched City2City.Network, a new platform aimed at helping cities manage challenges strategically—and learn from each other.

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This McKinsey Global Institute discussion paper addresses the positive and...
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27 Mar 2019 - UN Environment - While Member States were adopting a resolution on sustainable infrastructure at the UN Environment Assembly, the Cities Summit reinforced the importance of l

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This publication reviews the advances in frontier technologies – automation,...
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