Webinar to celebrate World Cities Day on “Building climate resilient cities with digital transformation”

October 28, 2021 2:00 pm
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To celebrate World Cities Day 2021 and as part of the WSIS TalkX, ITU and the Geneva Cities Hub organize a webinar dedicated to supporting cities to use digital transformation to improve adaptation actions and achieve urban resilience.

For example, the Internet of Things (IoT) enables cities to collect climate data for better climate monitoring and response to different hazardous situations; digital twins are powerful assets that cities use to carry out high-precision simulations of climate events and formulate adaptation actions accordingly.

The objective of this webinar is to raise awareness on the significant role that digital transformation can play in enhancing climate adaptation and urban resilience. The webinar will look at specific use cases of how digital technologies, including AI, IoTs, digital twins, are helping cities to become more climate resilient and to implement ambitious climate targets such as the New Urban Agenda, the Paris Agreement, and the Sustainable Development Goals.




14:00 – 14:05 Opening Remarks – Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary General, ITU


14:05 – 14:50 Session 1: Panel Discussion on the role of digital transformation in building climate resilient cities


Moderated by Kamelia Kemileva, Director of the Geneva Cities Hub




  • Mathew Owili, Kisumu County, Kenya
  • Cristina Martinez, Deputy Head for Smart technologies for communities, European Commission
  • Hee Dae Kim, Korea
  • Yasunori Mochizuki, NEC
  • Okan Geray, Dubai

Questions & Answers


14.50-15:25 Session 2: Panel Discussion on implementing digital transformation in cities for climate actions


Moderated by Robert Lewis-Lettington, UN-Habitat




  • Cristina Bueti, ITU Focal Point on Smart Sustainable Cities
  • Safder Nazir, SVP Digital Industries, Huawei Middle East, Huawei Technologies (UAE) FZ LLC
  • Alireza Yari, Iran
  • Kari Eik, Secretary General, Organisation for International Economic Relations (OiER)

15:25 – 15:30 Closing remarks – Nasser Al Marzouqi, Chairman of the United for Smart Sustainable Cities Initiative (U4SSC)




Please follow the link to register.