10 November 2020. The United Nations initiative U4SSC United for Smart Sustainable Cities has appointed Tania Marcos from Spain as the Vice-chair of Smart Sustainable Cities of the Spanish Association for Standardisation, UNE, proposed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
This appointment recognises the Spanish experience and leadership in standards for the sustainable development of Smart Cities. In fact, several of the standards of technical standardisation committee's (CTN by its Spanish acronym) 178 have been the basis for developing ITU International Recommendations, where UNE has represented the Spanish Government.
For Javier García, Chief Executive Officer of UNE, "Spanish standardisation is characterised by an increasing international projection, which translates into a benefit for the competitiveness of our economic sectors and companies. An illustrative example is that Spanish experts already direct nearly 130 international and European technical standardisation bodies, which are responsible for developing standards that effectively respond to the major challenges of organisations."
Standards reflect consensus on good market practices, establishing common language and generating confidence. Standards help organisations successfully overcome their major challenges, in areas such as digital transformation and the ecological transition.
U4SSC (United for Smart Sustainable Cities) is a United Nations initiative aimed at helping cities achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11, to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. It is coordinated by ITU, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and is supported by 15 other United Nations agencies.
UNE, signatory of the Spanish Network of the Global Compact, will perform different roles from this new position of responsibility: as a Spanish standardisation body, it will set Spanish standards in Europe and Latin America and will act as a lever for optimising R&D results. In addition, it will have a key role as a partner for international cooperation and technical assistance projects. It will also contribute to the implementation of the Urban Agenda and the deployment of smart cities in Spain and will serve to strengthen UNE's position as a strategic ally of organisations to achieve the 17 UN SDGs: more than 4,000 UNE standards help companies to achieve tthese goals.
CTN 178 smart cities
UNE's CTN 178 is responsible for the standardisation of smart cities. Since 2012, it has published 30 standards that are promoting the effective and orderly deployment of Smart Cities in numerous areas: open data, indicators, platform interoperability, smart buildings, ports and smart stations, among others. An example are the standards for smart tourist destinations, in which our country is a pioneer, allowing the Spanish model to be exported all over the world. UNE standards will contribute to the fight against COVID-19, strengthening safety and control measures in cities. This standardisation committee is an example of public-private collaboration and has a high level of participation, with more than 700 experts from all parties involved.
U4SSC serves as a platform to defend public policies and promote the use of ICT and digital technologies with the aim of facilitating the transition to smart and sustainable cities. It has a global approach, which studies every aspect of the smart and sustainable city, and develops its work in different thematic groups.
Since its creation, U4SSC has published a series of materials, como informes monográficos y complementos con casos de éxito. Among these, a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) for smart and sustainable cities is highlighted, which serve to establish criteria for assessing the contribution of ICT to development in this area. They also help to provide cities with the means for self-assessment in order to achieve the SDGs, which are being used by various Spanish cities.
About Tania Marcos
Tania Marcos heads UNE's Technical Standardisation Committee CTN 178 on Smart Cities.
Among other responsibilities, she has been the representative of the Sector Forum of European standardisation organisations CEN-CENELEC-ETSI on smart and sustainable cities and communities before the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC). She has also been the Vice-chair of ITU's Study Group 20 Committee "Internet of Things and Smart Cities."
During the course of her work at UNE, she has been head of the Spanish delegation in various European and international standardisation bodies, where she has also held the positions of secretariat, coordinator and chairperson.
Marcos holds a B.A. in Chemical Sciences from the University of Alcalá and a Masters in Sustainability.