Every year our life is getting better and the numbers prove it, the world population has grown from 751 million in 1950 to 8 billion in 2022. And by 2050, the UN predicts that the global population will reach 11 billion.

How can cities prepare for resource allocation and a sustainable future?

This is hard to measure, but it must be improved. The ISO for Smart Cities series is going to change that.

The quality standards ISO 37100 (Sustainable cities and communities) are used to develop strategies and increase sustainability. The latest ISO 37122 is just about sustainable societies and cities. The standard “Indicators for Smart Cities” consists of indicators for understanding their performance in several areas, which helps to get invaluable experience from other cities around the world and find innovative solutions to current challenges.

The standard will complement ISO 37120 “Sustainable Communities. Indicators for Quality of Service and Assessment of Urban Life,” which includes key indicators for service delivery and assessments of indicators of quality of life in the city. Together, they form a set of standard indicators that provide a common approach to what is measured and how these measurements are made by comparing cities and countries. The standards also guide urban development in assessing the UN’s work on the Sustainable Development Goals, which are a global roadmap for building a sustainable world.Sustainable Cities and Communities

Bernard Gindroz, chairman of the ISO/TC 268 Board of Directors for Sustainable Cities and Communities, said

ISO 37122 includes indicators, methods, and practices that can make a rapid and significant difference in social, economic, and environmental moments and sustainable development assistance.

“Combined with ISO 37101 and ISO 37120, which describe a sustainable community management system, this standard helps cities implement smart city projects in many areas,” he continued. – These include those that are more responsive to de-communization issues such as population growth, climate change, political and economic through close engagement with the community.” The standard incorporates effective management practices, the latest technologies, and techniques that will help improve citizens’ quality of life and achieve environmental goals while encouraging innovation.”

ISO 37122 will be supported by ISO 37123, Sustainable Cities and Communities – Indicators for Assessing Urban Services and Quality of Life.


Certification helps cities identify indicators for the implementation of innovative management systems:

  • respond to challenges such as climate change, rapid population growth, and political and economic instability by fundamentally improving engagement with the community;
  • Apply common management practices, and work with a variety of urban systems;
  • Use information data and modern technology to provide better services and improve the quality of life for citizens;
  • Provide a better habitat in which smart policies, applications, and technology will serve citizens;
  • A more innovative way to achieve sustainability and environmental goals;
  • Identifying the need and benefits of smart infrastructure;
  • Stimulating innovation and growth;
  • Build a dynamic and innovative economy ready for the challenges of tomorrow.