The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) is coordinating the Making Cities Resilient 2030 initiative (MCR2030). It is a unique cross-stakeholder initiative that supports cities to be more inclusive, safer, adaptable and sustainable by 2030. Through delivering a clear roadmap to urban resilience, providing tools, access to knowledge and monitoring and reporting tools, it provides a systemic, joined-up approach to risk reduction.
The initiative was launched in 2020 and is built upon the success of the previous decade of advocacy work under the Making Cities Resilient (MCR) Campaign which was launched in 2010. The new MCR2030 initiative is in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 “Sustainable Cities and Communities”. It already involves 938 cities around the world and the City of Tampere is the first Finnish city to join the initiative.
The city of Tampere is on a pathway to resilience with Data-Driven City for Citizens program
Resilience building is a long-term progress. The City of Tampere has long been committed to building resilience to ensure cities are a safe place for citizens. The MCR2030 initiative is one more step towards those goals. But we have a new program in town as well.
As Tampere’s first smart city strategy draws to a close, a new programme called Data-Driven City for Citizens, will step in. Where the previous smart city program focused on technology, this new program looks more at what it means for people and how the everyday lives of our citizens can be improved using data and technology. In this broader smart city vision technology is just a vehicle to regional success.
Digital transformation supporting the vision
There is a digital transformation happening in all facets of our lives. From smartphones to smart homes. Digital transformation – or the change associated with the application of digital technology in all aspects of human society – is also part of building the new smart city vision.
Many businesses have already embraced this transformation. Now city leaders have also embraced this new trend, integrating smart processes into city operations. These smart technologies can deliver essential services to residents in a new and meaningful way.
Head of Data-Driven City for Citizens program Outi Valkama says: “Cities resilience should be strengthened with the help of digital transformation. We already have strong examples like the SURE on how to successfully incorporate urban mobility planning to boost resilience. Or enable secure mega events like the ice Hockey Championships while not compromising smooth experience.”
SURE is in the core of building the next steps of smart Tampere
As Tampere Smart City Week 2022 draws to a close, there’s a lot to look forward to in Tampere. Both the MCR2030 and Data-Driven City for Citizens program are just starting and citizens will be at the heart of all development. Inclusion naturally promotes trust.
We believe one reason SURE collaboration is working so well is open dialogue and trust between different stakeholders. From day one SURE has been built combining hard technology and citizens’ sense of security. It’s only natural that SURE will play an important role in the successor to the Data-Driven City for Citizens creating benefits beyond the technology. Utilising data, both ethically and reliably, to improve the city’s functioning, the companies and the residents’ everyday lives.