At the Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum, which is the largest urban development gathering worldwide with more than 20.000 participants and which took place between the 7th and 13th February 2018, Gunther Adler, former State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), opened the German Pavilion, presenting newly introduced initiatives for sustainable urban development by the German government. Stressing the increasing importance of considering climate change challenges and digitalisation for advancing sustainable urban development, Gunther Adler outlined the BMU’s International Climate Initiative’s new funding focus on urban development. In this context, Gunther Adler presented the German Smart City Charta, which was developed at the National Dialogue Platform Smart Cities in 2017 and functions as an important tool for directing future action for sustainable urban development. Jointly developed by more than 70 experts from academia, civil society, municipalities and the federal states, the Smart City Charta offers an evaluative understanding of the smart city concept as well as guidelines for further action in the field.
Find the Smart City Charta here.
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