Urbanization is alive and growing: our cities are tipped to house an additional 2.4 billion people over the next 30 years1). “Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities” is the theme of this year’s United Nations World Cities Day, and ISO standards are proving to be essential tools to do exactly that.
How do you enhance a city’s attractiveness, and preserve its environmental, social and cultural assets, when faced with a growing population?
Since becoming the first community in Europe to be certified to ISO International Standard ISO 37101, Sustainable development in communities – Management system for sustainable development – Requirements with guidance for use, Sappada in Italy now benefits from better managed local complexities, new initiatives for education and environmental protection, new ways of promoting their area and a system to measure and monitor sustainability performance – all the while increasing community engagement.
ISO 37101 is part of a suite of standards dedicated to future-proofing cities and making them sustainable and resilient, thus contributing to the goal of this year’s World Cities Day and United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 for sustainable cities and communities.
Developed by ISO’s committee of experts from more than 50 countries, ISO/TC 268, Sustainable cities and communities, it joins other standards dedicated to developing frameworks and measuring performance, such as the ISO 37150 series on smart community infrastructures and the recently updated ISO 37120, Sustainable cities and communities – Indicators for city services and quality of life.
Dr Bernard Gindroz, Chair of ISO/TC 268, said the cities of tomorrow face many challenges but also great opportunities, such as increasing citizen engagement and improving city living.
“The future of cities affects everyone as it touches everything from public transport, public facilities, water and energy supplies to social engagement, health and more,” he said.
“Building sustainable cities is no easy task, as cities are, by their nature, a highly complex interaction of systems. These standards help city leaders to define their own vision of how they want their city to be, how they will deal with the many challenges of a growing population and how they will get there with clear strategies, targets and roadmaps,” he adds.
Continuing the global conversation on sustainable cities, ISO joins fellow standards organizations – the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – at the World Smart City Forum in Santa Fe, Argentina, on 29 November 2018.
The Forum will bring together leading international figures in the smart and sustainable cities space to discuss challenges and solutions in smart city development.
For details and registration, check the World Smart City Website.
1) United Nations, World Urbanization Prospects, 2014 revision
- ISOfocusFrom thematic areas like climate change and smart cities, the issue highlights how International Standards respond to global needs and help benchmark our progress against the SDGs.
- SDG 11Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
- Sustainable development in communitiesManagement system for sustainable developmentRequirements with guidance for use
- Sustainable cities and communitiesIndicators for city services and quality of life
- Smart community infrastructuresReview of existing activities relevant to metrics