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U4SSC, OiER and bee smart city announce extensive Smart City partnership
Thomas Mueller4. October 20196 min read

bee smart city, OiER and U4SSC sign a global Smart City partnership

The three partners announce the Global Guide for Development of Smart and Sustainable Communities at this week’s Green Standards Week in Valencia. As a global partner platform, the German company bee smart city contributes by connecting and enabling networking of stakeholders and interested parties in the United Nations' Smart City Program worldwide.

  • The UNITED FOR SMART SUSTAINABLE CITIES (U4SSC) implementation program and bee smart city have announced an English-language guide to transform urban communities to smart sustainable cities.
  • UNITED FOR SMART SUSTAINABLE CITIES (U4SSC) selects bee smart city as its global Smart City network ecosystem.
  • Cities around the world find proven smart city solutions and the world's largest expert community at bee smart city.
  • The partnership accelerates the transformation process of communities to Smart Sustainable Cities: from the networking of all stakeholders through KPI analysis to financing and strategy development.


From left to right: Thomas Müller - Managing Partner at bee smart city, Kari Aina Eik - Leader U4SSC Implementation Programme, Secretary General of OiER, Bart Gorynski - Managing Partner at bee smart city, and Cristina Bueti - Counsellor at International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The Global Smart City Initiative supported by 16 UN organizations in total "UNITED FOR SMART SUSTAINABLE CITIES (U4SSC)", the OiER and the German smart city platform bee smart city have announced the publication of an English guideline for the development of smart and sustainable communities. The English-language guide is based on the publication "Smart City / Smart Region: Practical Guide for Practitioners" already published in Germany and Poland by bee smart city and other partners, which is working together with the United Nations on the Sustainability Goals (Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs) as well as other indicators, which will be gradually translated into other languages and made available to cities and urban communities worldwide. The guideline contains concrete action steps that enable municipalities to develop through smart concepts into sustainable and liveable places.

The German platform bee smart city will be a partner platform of the initiative as it acts as a digital stakeholder network and global smart city community. For U4SSC, bee smart city brings in its digital solution and communication platform, which is already the world leader. Furthermore, the expertise and market knowledge for the development of international Smart City strategies will be managed as well.

UNITED FOR SMART SUSTAINABLE CITIES was formed by 16 United Nations organizations and the Organization for International Economic Relations (OiER) to facilitate the implementation of selected smart city initiatives globally. This investment is aimed at fostering economic prosperity and increasing livability based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

Through the collaboration platform, the partners gather their broad network of leading Smart City experts to better enhance matchmaking activities on a global scale. "The network of key players is a crucial component for the success of a global multi-stakeholder program. With bee smart city, we collaborate with a strong partner who already meets all the requirements for this challenging task in order to jointly accelerate the implementation of Smart City projects worldwide", says OiER Secretary General Kari Aina Eik, who is responsible for implementing the UNITED FOR SMART SUSTAINABLE CITIES programme.

The objectives of the partnership are, among other things, knowledge transfer between Smart Cities, the important support of municipalities in the planning of Smart City solutions and the acceleration of transformation processes. In the comprehensive solution database of bee smart city, stakeholders can search for already implemented and successful Smart City projects in order to adapt them fast and with less investment needed.

"The realization of smart city initiatives essentially fails because of three things: the financing, the wrong selection and offer of solutions (and providers) by municipalities as well as a lack of user-oriented and goal-oriented implementation of smart city projects", states Bart Gorynski, Managing Partner at bee smart city, and adds: "With our new partners, OiER and UNITED FOR SMART SUSTAINABLE CITIES, we are working to develop integrated strategies and concrete action steps for transforming communities into smart, sustainable and quality-of-life-oriented cities."

Over 13,000 international experts, already contribute to bee smart city‘s world's leading Smart City network. The partnership will further expand the platform and address the global need for well-informed and sustainable developed Smart Cities.





United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) is an umbrella initiative covering 16 UN organisations working to localise the UN Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). U4SSC is coordinated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).

The U4SSC Implementation Program supports the work of the U4SSC through facilitation of the process of collecting and visualising data (U4SSC Smart Sustainable City KPIs) and the development of Smart and Sustainable Cities by providing the necessary resources and expertise to cities across the world to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and especially SDG 11. The U4SSC Implementation Program builds on strong collaborative networks with cites, governments, international organizations, the UN, the private and finance sectors.

One key component of the U4SSC Implementation Program is offering a Digital Smart Innovation Platform and Network for businesses, cities and experts designed to align and match public sector needs, private sector solutions, as well as funding opportunities underpinning the Sustainable Development Goals at the city level. U4SSC IP is led by the Organization for International Economic Relations.

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About the Organization for International Economic Relations:

Established in 1947, the Organization for International Economic Relations (OiER), based in Vienna / Austria, has been a pioneer in the development and promotion of economic processes and international cooperation focusing on building partnerships and identifying trends in a global context and in addressing key future-oriented issues in areas of sustainability, innovation, communication, environment, energy and mobility.

OiER holds a Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). In November 2018, OiER became the Geneva UN Charter Centre of Excellence on Smart and Sustainable Cities. Since 2012 OiER has been actively involved and developed the United Smart Cities program (USC) in cooperation with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) which led into chairing the U4SSC Implementation Program.

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About bee smart city

bee smart city is a specialized digital software and consulting company dedicated to empowering municipalities to successfully manage the transformation towards smart and sustainable cities and regions.

With the Smart City Toolbox - a unique software-as-a-service solution for cities and regions - we enable the effective management of smart city strategies and corresponding projects digitally and collaboratively in one place.

With more than 14,000 members from 170 countries, bee smart city operates the largest free Smart City Network and Community where smart city professionals can share knowledge, learn and gain market insights. The platform is also available as a white-label solution for organizations that want to foster collaboration between different stakeholders.

In addition, we offer a unique global Smart City Tender Service that provides solution providers with access to newly published Smart City tenders worldwide. Last but not least, we advise cities on the design and implementation of Smart City strategies and solutions. Learn more about our Smart City Consulting Services.

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bee smart city
Phone: +49 (0) 208 62801331


Thomas Mueller

Thomas Müller is Managing Partner at bee smart city. With more than 15 years of public sector experience, he is an expert on smart city strategy and projects.