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Partnership for Urban Innovation: Global Conference 2010 took place June 17-18, 2010 in Shanghai, China. In conjunction with World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the conference brought together leading global innovators from cities, business, academia, and urban planning. The event built on the success of the Connected Urban Development (CUD) conferences held in San Francisco and Amsterdam in 2008, and in Seoul, 2009.

Partnership for Urban Innovation Global Conference addressed how technology can be applied to making sustainable, economic, and socially attractive 21st—century cities, and how a growing alliance of multisector partners are advancing these efforts.

This unique, invitation—only event provides attendees an opportunity to explore how cities are using information and communications technology (ICT) to create solutions that help reduce carbon emissions in metropolitan areas, while fostering economic development and bridging social inclusion. A series of interactive sessions are scheduled to provide attendees with new approaches to urban innovation and develop closer relationships among leading and innovative urban leaders.

Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers, The Climate Group CEO Steve Howard, and other leading thought leaders will deliver keynote addresses, which will be hosted in collaboration with the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination.

The objectives of the conference are:

  • recognize leading cities for their efforts in addressing sustainable development
  • discuss challenges cities are facing and solutions they are developing at the intersection of environmental sustainability, economic development, and social inclusion
  • establish a global community of collaboration

During World Expo 2010, Shanghai, delegates and conference partners will be invited to Expo pavilions and related events. Partner organizations are Cisco and leaders from the company’s Smart+Connected Communities program ; Connected Urban Development member cities; The Climate Group; and Metropolis, the World Association of Major Metropolises.

The Smart 2020: Cities and Regions initiative was also launched under the leadership of The Climate Group. The formation of the initiative represents a transformational milestone in the evolution of the program and follows the lead taken by Cisco and the founding CUD cities of Amsterdam, Birmingham, San Francisco, Hamburg, Lisbon, Madrid, and Seoul. New cities, business partners, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) will be asked to share their perspectives and knowledge and join the initiative.

The conference was supported by the Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC) Institute, a non-profit initiative developed by Cisco, Metropolis, and leading NGOs and academic partners. The Institute aims to create a forum for political leaders, community managers, urban developers, practitioners, and other subject-matter experts to come together in a forum to share research and experiences, and collaborate around new concepts and approaches for creating sustainable cities through improved governance and the use of ICT. The S+CC Institute will create this forum through non-commercial education events and online portal to facilitate this dialog around economic, environmental, and social sustainability for both urban and rural communities.

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Conference Lead Partners

The Climate Group

The Climate Group's goal is to help government and business set the world economy on the path to a low-carbon, prosperous future. To reach this goal, The Climate Group created a coalition of governments and the world's most influential businesses all committed to tackling climate change.

Metropolis

Metropolis, the World Association of Major Metropolises, is the metropolitan section of the United Cities and Local Government organization (UCLG). Created in 1985, the Metropolis Association is represented by more than 100 members from across the world and operates as an international forum for exploring issues and concerns common to all big cities and metropolitan regions. Its mission “...is to accompany cities in mutual learning, innovation, governance, technical/financial assistance, international presence and debate."

Connected Urban Development

Connected Urban Development (CUD) is a five-year program that was developed through Cisco’s participation in the Clinton Global Initiative. CUD, a public-private partnership between Cisco and cities around the world, demonstrates how ICT and network connectivity can increase efficiencies and reduce carbon emissions in urban environments.

Cisco, Smart+Connected Communities

Smart+Connected Communities is a Cisco initiative designed to transform physical communities into connected communities that run on networked information to help drive broad economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

The conference is supported by the Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC) Institute. The S+CC Institute is a not-for-profit initiative developed by Cisco, Metropolis and leading NGOs and academic partners. The S+CC Institute aims to create a forum for political leaders, community managers, developers, practitioners and other subject matter experts to come together in a forum to share research, experiences and collaborate around new concepts and approaches for creating sustainable cities through improved governance and the use information and communications technologies (ICT). The S+CC Institute will create this forum through non-commercial education events and an online portal to facilitate this dialog around economic, environmental and social sustainability for both urban and rural communities.

Conference Knowledge Partners

Urban Land Institute

Urban Land Institute (ULI) is a non-profit research and education organization supported by its members in 95 countries worldwide. ULI facilitates the open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among local, national, and international industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better communities.

The World Bank

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Our mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.

Today, the World Bank with its partners is committed to promoting sustainable cities and towns that fulfill the promise of development for their inhabitants -- in particular, by improving the lives of the poor and promoting equity -- while contributing to the progress of the country as a whole. As the world is becoming more urban and governments are decentralizing responsibility and authority for governance to localities, closely working with cities and municipalities to address urban development is a timely and urgent World Bank priority.

The Young Foundation

The Young Foundation has a 50-year history of successfully meeting social needs, mainly through creating new enterprises and promoting new ideas. The Foundation starts with some of the biggest issues of our time, such as how to cope with ageing how to reduce conflict within communities, and then works with organizations to design practical solutions—some turn into new organizations, some feed into public policy, and some get taken up by existing organizations.

Social Innovation eXchange (SIX)

Social Innovation eXchange (SIX) is a global community of individuals and organizations committed to promoting social innovation. By developing resources for social innovators around the world and communicating and disseminating ideas about social innovation, SIX promotes learning across healthcare, environment, city, education, and other sectors. Since its launch in Sydney, Australia in 2008, SIX’s global community has grown to nearly 1,000 members and includes social innovation practitioners, designers, architects, healthcare professionals, education specialists, social entrepreneurs, and government.