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2018 Global Innovation Forum Communiqué

As representatives of governments, universities and companies, we participated in the "2018 Global Innovation Forum" organized by the World Technopolis Association (WTA) and UNESCO on October 11-12, 2018 in Binh Duong Province, Viet Nam.

Through this Global Innovation Forum, we discussed the challenges and strategies for progressing towards a smart city-based society, that accord with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we agree on the following:

1. We identified that many cities are taking initiatives to adopt the principles of a smart city, which has an integrated system of physical infrastructure and intelligent information technology that promotes sustainable urban functions and provides new services for a smart society that meets the needs of all of its citizens including recognition of the unique cultural aspects of historical cities and neighbourhoods.

2. We believe that the goal of the Smart City Model is to achieve, through sustainable and inclusive delivery of new forms of social, financial and environmental platforms which support improved service delivery, more efficient use of resources, and economic development.

3. In order for the city to evolve into a smart city as a platform, city governments need to establish an appropriate open governance structure through close private-public-people-cooperation. This requires active cooperation among universities, research institutes, government and the private sector.

4. We recognize the need for an integrated system for effectively collecting and utilizing data to create sustainable urban services, foster business, and strive to build a platform-based innovation ecosystem.

5. To realize the above and to assist this process we need to develop a comprehensive framework that will enable and sustain the smart city concept.

6. We recognize the need to explore and share best practice, as well as develop pilot projects for smart city governance with particular reference to the value chain from science to technology and society, that incentivizes those processes through entrepreneurship.

The participants of the 2018 Global Innovation Forum agree to fully support and cooperate to implement the principles set out in this joint communiqué. We look forward to meet again at the 2019 Global Innovation Forum, and be actively involved in planning and sharing knowledge and information via the WTA and UNESCO.

12 October 2018

Binh Duong Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC)

Binh Duong, Viet Nam