Knowledge Societies Division of UNESCO joined hands with BIT Congress and cohosted BIT’s 4th Annual Global Congress on Knowledge Economy 2017 with the theme "Accelerating Metropolis into A Global Smart City” (19-21 September 2017) in Qingdao City, China.
The congress debated several aspects of ICT applications for smart city development and analyzed their interplay with economic, financial, educational, and innovation demands of 21st century cities. The congress concluded the need for further enhancing ICTs application for modelling, analyzing, simulating, and validating urban systems. The Congress highlighted the need for ethical use of data and analytics, and suggested creating innovative real-time applications that respect privacy. The congress requested appreciating polycentric governance for ICTs usage to enhance and optimize utilization of resources as well as to foster innovation.
Attended by 300 participants, the congress received 126 oral interventions from 33 countries. Nobel Laureate Prof. George F. Smoot (Physics 2006), Department of Physics and Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley; Dr. Christer Ljungwall, Counsellor, Head, Office of Science and Innovation, Embassy of Sweden, China; Mr. Sein-Way Tan, Founder and Chairman, Green World City; Dr. Yongjin Wang, Deputy General Manager, Hisense Smart Home Systems Co Ltd.; Mr. Alex Xu, Chairman & CEO, Kosmos Group; Ms. Jianying Liang, Vice President & Chief Engineer, CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co., Ltd. were a few of the speakers during the congress.
Bilateral meetings were also organized between the Chairman of CCPIT Qingdao Sub-Council---Mr.Wenqing Feng, the President of BIT Group Global---Dr. Xiaodan Mei and UNESCO staff to introduce and evaluate the possibility of launching an International Platform on Knowledge Economy for SDGs and Climate action.
The Knowledge Societies Division (KSD) is responsible for the coordination of UNESCO’s overall contribution to the follow-up to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The Division promotes the application of ICTs to enhance the quality of and access to education, build scientific knowledge, promote open access to scientific research results, and empower local communities.