Leaders’ Dialogue

Leader’s Dialogue 3 on Smart Cities

Data and Technologies for Smart Cities

Day 2 – Wednesday, 16 October 2019
13:30 - 15:00
Ballroom 1 - 2
Dr. Stefanos Fotiou
Environment and Development Division, ESCAP
Nora Steurer
Mr Teng Leng Lim
Centre for Liveable Cities
Deputy Director
Mr. Lal Chhandama
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Director, Smart Cities Mission
Ms Kumiko Sugawara
Bureau of Environment, Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Deputy Director
Mr. Tevita Kuruvakadua
iTaukei Land Trust Board
Mr Konstantin Matthies
Engagement Manager
Dato' Sri Dr. Mohd Uzir Mahidin
Malaysia Department of Statistics
Chief Statistician
Ms. Wan Chatavilasvong
Urban and Regional Planning Department, Chulalongkorn University
Dr. Kalpana Vishwanath
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Lead Organization
Teng Leng Lim, Centre for Liveable Cities and Curt Garrigan, ESCAP
Partner Organizer(s)
Lead Organizer(s)

Ms. Ruhi Lal, Assistant Director (Adjunct), Centre for Liveable Cities

Kuang Jin Yi, Centre for Liveable Cities

Mr. Philip Kang, Economic Affairs Officer, ESCAP


Cities are witnessing the onset of the Industrial Revolution 4.0, and the resulting opportunities it promises. Smartphones and Internet of Things (IoT) devices are reaching the critical mass, allowing unprecedented access to information and ability to connect devices and individuals. The vast amount of data generated in real time from sensors across the urban environment provides us the ability to understand and respond more effectively and promptly to the challenges in the cities. The ease of accessing services on the web and on the go is catalysing a lifestyle shift in cities. Applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) such as chatbots and machine learning algorithms have broken the boundaries of what is conventionally regarded as human intelligence. These technological shifts are transforming the way we connect with one another, conduct business, provide services, and live our life in cities. To the city leaders, the technological advancement also offers numerous opportunities to tackle the urban challenges in ways unimagined before.

While smart solutions enable cities to solve problems better, they are no panacea to all problems cities have to face. If not planned or governed well, smart solutions can cause just as many problems as they set out to address. In this regard, smart technologies and data do not remove the need for good planning, governance and financial management. In other words, good planning and governance are essential to safeguard an orderly market space and protect privacy and data security.

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