People-Smart Sustainable Cities: Sustainable and Smart Cities for all Ages
by United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) | Published in April 2021
The publication highlights that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that different cities have different capacities to cope with crises. Both the pandemic and the economic crisis caused by lockdown measures have disproportionally affected different cities as well as different groups of the population; the most vulnerable groups of society have suffered the most.
Cities possess massive resources, talent, and creativity and serve as hubs for knowledge sharing, experimentation, and innovation, generating new ideas, embedding these solutions locally, and scaling up successful practices.
Cities, however, are not abstract sustainability-making machines; they are places where real people live, work, study and flourish. Cities are made of people, by people, and for people. Sustainable measures will have to make sense to inhabitants of cities, making their life more liveable. Furthermore, it is people who drive sustainability and who are its ultimate source and beneficiaries. This vision underpins the notion of people-smart sustainable cities, introduced in this publication.