A South-American city in Brazil has been awarded as Smart City of 2023 at the World Smart City Awards gala held at Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), by Fira de Barcelona.

The award intends to acknowledge the most outstanding initiatives and projects in the innovation and urban transformation industry.

The Brazilian city of Curitiba was reportedly chosen by the Jury for its approach to smart urban planning, socioeconomic growth and environmental sustainability through a human-centric approach.

The jury was made up of representatives from the Barcelona City Council, UN-Habitat, the World Bank, the EC Mission on Climate Neutral and Smart Cities, the World Economic Forum, and the Secretariat of State for Tourism in Spain.

This year’s edition also included a special Leadership award in recognition to the continuing efforts to drive urban innovation internationally.

The Mobility award went to the Konya Metropolitan Municipality for its project to restore old streetcars in the city of Meram in Turkey to make them available exclusively to cyclists, with the aim of increasing bicycle awareness and developing a new transportation.

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