Thursday, 24 January 2019

Canadian-based WCCD Launches the Report “WCCD City Data for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals - 2018” in Los Angeles with Mayor Eric Garcetti and Deputy Mayor Miguel Sangalang

Last week, WCCD President and CEO, Dr. Patricia McCarney, was in Los Angeles for the first in a series of planned launches of the 2018 edition of WCCD City Data for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. First published in 2017, this comprehensive Report has become a global, go-to resource focusing on localization of the global goals to support cities in moving towards a more sustainable planet by 2030.

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“For the WCCD, it is particularly fitting to launch the 2018 edition of WCCD City Data for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals alongside Mayor Eric Garcetti and Deputy Mayor Miguel Sangalang in Los Angeles. A growing cluster of data-driven and connected WCCD ISO 37120 certified cities are emerging up and down the west coast of North America – and Los Angeles is at the centre of this corridor of connected cities that span Canada, the United States and Mexico. From Surrey, British Columbia to Guadalajara, Mexico, ISO 37120 is not only helping cities to localize the SDGs but is also creating opportunities for trade and investment across cities,” stated Dr. McCarney. In February 2018, Mayor Garcetti and Dr. McCarney signed an MOU towards the establishment of the Los Angeles-WCCD Local Data Hub. A vital aspect of this work will focus on SDG localization, but is also an opportunity for cities to connect and have data driven conversations on common issues like prosperity, infrastructure,  inclusivity and trade through standardised city data. 
According to Mayor Garcetti: "Los Angeles is proud to be a leader in building a healthier, more prosperous world because today’s decisions will shape tomorrow for our children and grandchildren…By giving cities a set of universal metrics to measure their progress toward meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the WCCD’s [2018] report will encourage the collaboration and data-driven solutions that cities need to create a better future for their residents.”
Dr. McCarney and Mayor Garcetti sign the MOU towards establishing the
Los Angeles – WCCD Local Data Hub in 2018.
The first edition of this Report was launched at the UN Headquarters in New York in July 2017 during the WCCD Thematic Session on Data for the SDGs, hosted by the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General. Since 2014, the Toronto-based WCCD has been working globally to help cities to report comparable, open and independently verified city data, certified against ISO 37120 – the first international standard for cities. WCCD City Data for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals maps ISO 37120 to the targets of the SDGs, allowing cities to embrace the Global Goals at a local level, and to measure progress against them.
Dr. McCarney presents Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Miguel Sangalang with a copy of
WCCD City Data for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2018.

LA Deputy Mayor Miguel Sangalang underlined the importance of the WCCD global network for achieving measurable change in cities, with a call to action for other cities to join the global network. “Los Angeles joined the WCCD as a Foundation City because we immediately saw the value in having an honest, comparable account of how LA stacks up against our global peers through the first-ever global standard for city indicators. This information enables us to better plan for and mitigate risks and will only become more powerful as cities across the world join.” The launch event in Los Angeles marks the first in a series of planned, global launches of the 2018 edition of WCCD City Data for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
 Los Angeles first joined the WCCD global network in 2015 and is certified at the Platinum level. In addition to its status as a WCCD Foundation City (one of the first cities certified globally under ISO 37120), Los Angeles (alongside WCCD Foundation City Buenos Aires) was profiled in the 2017 publication, “The Citywide Benefits of Smart & Connected Public Lighting - Assessed through WCCD ISO 37120 Data,” jointly prepared with WCCD Foundation Partner, Signify (previously Philips Lighting).
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Friday, 14 December 2018

#DATAFORCITIES - Celebrating Cambridge, Canada

#DATAFORCITIES  is a bi-weekly publication of the WCCD that highlights a data point from each of the WCCD Cities – and, more importantly, shows how each city is harnessing standardized data to build the sustainable, prosperous, smart, resilient and inclusive cities of tomorrow.

Every week a WCCD City will be profiled with a short, 3-page snapshot and promoted throughout the week with innovative visualizations across Twitter (#dataforcities),

Follow the WCCD across all of our social media channels to learn more about each city! A fully downloadable and shareable PDF of the profile can be found here. 

Previous reports can be found in the News and Updates section of the WCCD website.





Wednesday, 12 December 2018

WCCD certifies the Canadian City of Mississauga at the WCCD ISO 37120 Platinum Level

For Immediate Release
December 12, 2018

This morning, the WCCD President and CEO, Dr. Patricia McCarney, addressed Mississauga City Council and Mayor Bonnie Crombie, congratulating them on their WCCD ISO 37120 Platinum Certification. Joining a group of over 60 data-driven cities from around the world, Mississauga also joins a rapidly growing group of ISO 37120 certified cities in Canada.

(Read more: Mississauga Joins Global Network of Data-Driven Cities - City of Mississauga Press Release)

(L to R): Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner Planning & Building; Harold Dremin, Manager, Business Investment and Sector Development; Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer; Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie; Dr. Patricia McCarney, WCCD President & Chief Executive Officer; Gary Kent, Commissioner, Corporate Services & Chief Financial Officer; Robin Uba, Manager, Corporate Performance & Innovation; Steve Czajka, Manager, Data & Visualization Studio; and Louise Donnelly, Researcher.
“On behalf of the World Council on City Data, it is a pleasure to welcome Mississauga to our global network of data-driven cities,” stated WCCD President & CEO, Dr. Patricia McCarney. “Under the leadership of Mayor Crombie, and through the efforts of her team, Mississauga is now WCCD ISO 37120 certified at the highest, Platinum level, joining a group of cities that include London, Dubai, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Quebec City, Surrey and Toronto, amongst others. Harnessing this high calibre, globally standardised and independently verified city data will help to continue to showcase Mississauga locally, nationally and globally as an innovative and attractive city.” 

 “As a data-driven municipality, we’re focused on the importance of transparency and innovation to drive our city forward,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Being awarded this international, platinum-level certification reflects our ongoing commitment to becoming a smart, resilient and sustainable city.
Mississauga excels globally on numerous ISO 37120 indicators, for example, 11,790 Businesses per 100,000 Population and a Council made up of 50% women. Mississauga now joins the ranks of other data-driven Canadian cities by harnessing WCCD ISO 37120 certification to stimulate investment and innovation while further showcasing Mississauga’s competitive position on the global stage.
“Mississauga is now part of an international standard,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “Not only does it show how we are doing compared to other cities, but also serves as a benchmark in our planning process. It is important for us to be able to learn from other cities as we continue to build a world-class city.”

WCCD ISO 37120 certification comprises 100 indicators around 17 themes on city sustainability and quality of life. Cities are certified based on the recommendation of an independent third-party verifier who reviews the city data; ensuring conformity with the definition and methodologies of ISO 37120.

The WCCD is the global leader in standardised city data that helps to create smart, sustainable, resilient and prosperous cities. Mississauga’s membership in the WCCD gives the City the opportunity to compare best practices with other cities and actively participate in a worldwide organisation that uses standardised metrics to find innovative solutions to shared challenges. Mississauga’s ISO 37120 data is now viewable on the WCCD Open City Data Portal (accessible through www.dataforcities.org) which allows for local, national and international comparisons.

For more information, please contact:

James Patava
+14169662368

Thursday, 29 November 2018

#DATAFORCITIES - Celebrating Heerlen, The Netherlands

#DATAFORCITIES  is a bi-weekly publication of the WCCD that highlights a data point from each of the WCCD Cities – and, more importantly, shows how each city is harnessing standardized data to build the sustainable, prosperous, smart, resilient and inclusive cities of tomorrow.

Every week a WCCD City will be profiled with a short, 3-page snapshot and promoted throughout the week with innovative visualizations across Twitter (#dataforcities),

Follow the WCCD across all of our social media channels to learn more about each city! A fully downloadable and shareable PDF of the profile can be found here. 

Previous reports can be found in the News and Updates section of the WCCD website.




Friday, 16 November 2018

The WCCD Welcomes its 10th Canadian City into the Global Network – Welland, Ontario

November 16th, 2018
For Immediate Release


On Tuesday, November 13th, the WCCD President and CEO, Dr. Patricia McCarney, officially presented the Mayor of Welland, Ontario – Frank Campion – with WCCD ISO 37120 Platinum Certification. The City of Welland reported 95 out of the 100 ISO 37120 indicators.

Read more: Data opens Welland up to the world (Source: St. Catharines Standard)

From L to R: Mayor of Welland, Frank Campion, Welland GIS Coordinator, Jamie Leitch,
WCCD President & CEO Patricia McCarney

Speaking at the event, held in Council Chambers, Dr. McCarney welcomed Welland as the latest city to join the WCCD’s network of data-driven cities across the globe. “Like many cities that are becoming WCCD ISO 37120 certified, Welland’s leadership has made a bold decision to embrace standardised, globally comparable and independently verified city data as a means to drive a more sustainable, prosperous, smart, resilient and inclusive future. Welland - like many medium-sized cities throughout the WCCD global network - embraces the concept that a city of any size can leverage ISO 37120 to compete locally, nationally and internationally.”

"Council is very appreciative of City staff’s commitment to transparency and accountability through an open government mindset and for distinguishing Welland as one of the leading Canadian and international cities for open data initiatives,” said Welland Mayor Frank Campion. “Data is a valuable resource, not just for Council decision-making, but also for providing insight into economic and social issues, and making contributions to the livability, workability, and sustainability of our community.”

The WCCD is the global leader in standardised city data that helps to create smart, sustainable, resilient and prosperous cities. Welland’s membership in the WCCD gives the City the opportunity to compare best practices with other cities and actively participate in a worldwide organisation that uses standardised metrics to find innovative solutions to shared challenges. Welland’s ISO 37120 data is now viewable on the WCCD Open City Data Portal (accessible through www.dataforcities.org) which allows for local, national and international comparisons.

The WCCD ISO 37120 certification comprises 100 indicators around 17 themes on city sustainability and quality of life. Cities are certified based on the recommendation of an independent third-party verifier who reviews the city data; ensuring conformity with the definition and methodologies of ISO 37120. Welland is the tenth city to receive ISO 37120 certification in Canada, joining the WCCD global network.

For more information, please contact:

James Patava
james.patava@globalcities.ca 


Thursday, 15 November 2018

#DATAFORCITIES - Celebrating Tshwane, South Africa

#DATAFORCITIES  is a bi-weekly publication of the WCCD that highlights a data point from each of the WCCD Cities – and, more importantly, shows how each city is harnessing standardized data to build the sustainable, prosperous, smart, resilient and inclusive cities of tomorrow.

Every week a WCCD City will be profiled with a short, 3-page snapshot and promoted throughout the week with innovative visualizations across Twitter (#dataforcities),

Follow the WCCD across all of our social media channels to learn more about each city! A fully downloadable and shareable PDF of the profile can be found here

Previous reports can be found in the News and Updates section of the WCCD website






Wednesday, 31 October 2018

#DATAFORCITIES - Celebrating Québec // Célébrer le Québec

#DATAFORCITIES  is a bi-weekly publication of the WCCD that highlights a data point from each of the WCCD Cities – and, more importantly, shows how each city is harnessing standardized data to build the sustainable, prosperous, smart, resilient and inclusive cities of tomorrow.


Every week a WCCD City will be profiled with a short, 3-page snapshot and promoted throughout the week with innovative visualizations across Twitter (#dataforcities),

Follow the WCCD across all of our social media channels to learn more about each city! A fully downloadable and shareable PDF of the profile can be found here

Previous reports can be found in the News and Updates section of the WCCD website