Wednesday, 10 July 2019

#DATAFORCITIES - Celebrating Kópavogur, Iceland

#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.

Follow the WCCD across all of our social media channels to learn more about each city profiled! 

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),
Facebook and LinkedIn

A fully downloadable and shareable PDF of this profile can be found here. 

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





Thursday, 27 June 2019

WCCD officially welcomes first Icelandic ISO 37120 certified city

While in Iceland for meetings with representatives of both local governments and national stakeholders, the World Council on City Data (WCCD) President and CEO, Dr. Patricia McCarney, officially welcomed the Icelandic city of Kópavogur to the WCCD’s growing global network. Kópavogur is the first city in Iceland to become ISO 37120 certified, and the City achieved this certification at the highest possible, Platinum, level by reporting 97 of the 100 indicators within the Standard. 


Mayor of Kópavogur, Ármann Ólafsson and WCCD President & CEO, Dr. Patricia McCarney
Credit: Kópavogur City

Speaking at the certification ceremony at the Kópavogur Art Museum, Dr. McCarney presented the City’s WCCD ISO 37120 Platinum Certification to Mayor Ármann Ólafsson.  “On behalf of the WCCD, I would like to congratulate Mayor Ólafsson, City Council and city staff for their dedication to open, standardized and comparable city data. This standardized data will help to increase the quality of life for all citizens while driving evidence-based decision making and data-driven solutions,” stated Dr. McCarney.  “The City of Kópavogur stands out globally as a leader in working to create a more smart, sustainable, resilient, inclusive and prosperous future for its residents.” 


According to Mayor Ólafsson: “Kópavogur is extremely proud to be a part of the WCCD global network, alongside cities committed to working with high calibre data. In recent years, Kópavogur has worked to systematically improve the measurement of the City‘s operations. Monitoring the results of our city’s policies and objectives will lead to improved transparency and effective processes.”

Kópavogur is using key ISO 37120 indicators to benchmark and monitor the City’s performance on the global stage, in addition to its year-over-year progress against internal goals. Data reported by the City in accordance with ISO 37120 will also be useful for measuring Kópavogur’s progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals – a key priority for the City. (Read More: WCCD City Data for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – Kópavogur 2019). 

While setting a global example in the high calibre of its data, Kópavogur specifically excels on a number of ISO 37120 indicators. For example, 100% of the city‘s total energy is derived from renewable sources such as hydroelectric power and geothermal energy. Additionally, Kópavogur is at the forefront of economic development and prosperity by supporting employment within the city, evident in their low unemployment rate of 2.16%. The City has also committed to becoming one of the WCCD‘s “Early Adopters“ of ISO 37122 – Indicators for Smart Cities. 

As a global leader in standardized data, the WCCD hosts a network of cities around the world who are committed to high-calibre data. The WCCD is now working with 100 cities across 38 countries. In addition to certifying cities against ISO 37120 – the first international standard for city indicators – the WCCD is inviting cities from around the world to become certified under ISO 37122 (Indicators for Smart Cities) and ISO 37123 (Indicators for Resilient Cities). For more information, please visit www.dataforcities.org, or contact info@dataforcities.org 

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

#DataForIndianCities - Celebrating Pune, India

#DataForIndianCities is a special publication of the WCCD, in support of the Tata Trusts/WCCD "Data for Indian Cities Initiative." Each 3-page report highlights a data point from each of the WCCD, ISO 37120 certified Indian Cities – and, more importantly, shows how each city is harnessing standardized data to build the sustainable, prosperous, smart, resilient and inclusive cities of tomorrow.

Follow the WCCD across all of our social media channels to learn more about each city profiled! 

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),
Facebook and LinkedIn

A fully downloadable and shareable PDF of this profile can be found here. 

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


Thursday, 14 March 2019

#DATAFORCITIES - Celebrating Oakville, 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.

Follow the WCCD across all of our social media channels to learn more about each city profiled! 

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),
Facebook and LinkedIn

A fully downloadable and shareable PDF of this profile can be found here. 

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




Wednesday, 27 February 2019

#DATAFORCITIES - Celebrating Brisbane, Australia

#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.

Follow the WCCD across all of our social media channels to learn more about each city profiled! 

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),
Facebook and LinkedIn

A fully downloadable and shareable PDF of this profile can be found here. 

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









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.