1. Documents

FIDIC's USM programme was launched following the publication in 2016 of the ISO 37101 standard Sustainable development in communities -- Management system for sustainable development -- Requirements with guidance for use.

FIDIC was a member of the team that drafted the standard and remains actively engaged in developing implementation guidance for both:

  • the public sector (ISO 37104,  published in August 2019); and
  • the project level (ISO 37109 proposed to ISO by FIDIC and the French contractors federation FNTP as a New Work Item Proposal in April 2019 at a meeting of ISO/TC 269. Balloting was successful and drafting has started. The formal proposal for ISO 37109 was presented at the October 2019 TC268 WG1 meeting in Wuhan (see presentation).

Two additional guides to ISO 37101 were proposed at the April 2019 TC269 meeting:

  •  ISO/PWI 24222 Sustainable cities and communities -- Small and medium-sized cities -- Guidance for practical implementation of ISO 37101. A presentation by TC268 of the standard's ISO/PWI 24222 has been made (see PDF). 
  • ISO/NP 37108 Sustainable cities and communities -- Business districts -- Guidance for practical local implementation of ISO 37101. The formal proposal was presented at the October 2019 TC268 WG1 meeting in Wuhan (see presentation). 

The various guides are related to standards and  indicator sets for city services (ISO 37120) and for smart (ISO 37122) and resilient (ISO 37124) cities.

2. Recent events

Two Networking Events are planed for the 10th World Urban Forum namely "Participatory upgrading of slums and informal settlements – urban sustainability management has a key role" and " Managing the development of sustainable cities and communities – learning from all urban stakeholders", see Blog item.  

Promotion of USM in the context of breaking down silo effects that lead to corruption (mainly collusion and bribery) in public services sectors dealing with land and services supply: Global Engineering Congress 2018 (London, November 2018) presentation (PDF)

Promotion of USM at COP24, the UN Climate Change Conference (Katowice, Poland; 2 - 14 December 2018; see COP24 USM  events and COP24 USM presentations by Peter Boswell).

These presentations followed presentations (PDF) of the FIDIC USM activities at COP23 in Bonn in November 2017 at a special side event (PDF).

Another major event in 2018 was a 9th World Urban Forum  Networking Event titled "Aligning commitments and expectations to achieve SDGs and the New Urban Agenda" (Friday, 9 February 2018; 09:00 - 11:00; Room 402, Kuala Lumpur Convention Center), see USMS.online.

3. Activities


The city of Hanzhou in China agreed in 2017 to organise a "club of cities" in association with France's standards organisation AFNOR to support dissemination and promotion of the standard, possibly by organising mirror committees in various countries. 

Hangzhou organised the launch of the club on 30 June 2017 in which FIDIC participated.

The club is referred to as the International Smart Sustainable City Club (ISSCC) in a press release and a recent AFNOR presentation (PDF).  See the ISSCC website for further information.

FIDIC aims to continue to support the club as it develops. ISSCC updates were reported at an ISSCC meeting in Hangzhou on 2 February 2018. It is envisaged that FIDIC will have observer member status with the ISSCC chaired by ISO/TC 268 chair and organised as an international association in Brussels. 

The ISSCC was officially open in January 2019 (see announcement). The second annual ISSCC meeting organised in Hangzhou in October 2019 (see ISSCC News item) was followed by the Future Community, Standard First conference that focussed on Future Communities that was supported by a presentation (PDF) by Jean Félix, the chair of FIDIC Sustainable Development Committee, of the ISO 371019 "developers guide" to ISO 37101 that is being drafted by the ISO TC 268 WG 1 task group chaired by FIDIC. 

The ISSCC has 36 members which as of December 2018 included: Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Chengdu, Changchun , Xiaoyi, Xining, Tianjin Eco City, Astana , Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Londrina (Brazil), Rabat (Morocco), Rennes (France), Tel Aviv (Israel) Versailles Grand Parc (France), Dimitrovgrad (Russia) Voronezh (Russia), Innopolis (Russia), Krasnodar (Russia), Togliatti (Russia), Sochi (Russia) , Serov (Russia), Novorossiysk (Russia), Annapolis (Russia), Sarov (Russia), Sochi (Russia), Magas, Grasmere (UK), and Yavne, see ISSCC.

International Standardization Cooperation on Sustainable Business Districts

A new alliance that builds upon the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco City pilot is summarised below. This standardisation activity was discussed at the ISSCC meeting in Hangzhou on 2 February 2018 and reportedly would involve up to some 50 business districts in China. FIDIC was represented. ISO has decided to go ahead with ISO/NP 37108 Sustainable cities and communities -- Business districts -- Guidance for practical local implementation of ISO 37101 (see above).

Pilot projects related to ISO 37101

Future Communities

  • A major new programme in China (Zhejiang Province; 24 cities).
  • The second annual ISSCC meeting organised in Hangzhou in October 2019 was followed by the Future Community, Standard First conference that focussed on Future Communities. There were presentations by the iSSCC (PDF) and by the ISO TC268 (PDF) following an earlier presentation by the ISO TC269 chair (PDF).

ISO 37101 sustainable cities

China: ISO 37101 currently has seven pilots in China. Supported by the ISSCC, these include: 

  • Beijing Future Science Park
  • Tianjin Eco-city (ISO 37101 Demonstration Area). It was announced in 2017 that the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco City (SSTEC)  was to become an ISO 37101 pilot programme and a case study for the ISO37104 guide (see presentation PDF). A forum was organised by the SSTEC Legislative Bureau prior to the meeting (in Zuhai, China, in May 2018) of the ISO 268 committee and working groups. A report of the pilot was made in September 2019 at the ISO TC 268 WG1 (Wuhan) meeting (see presentation PDF).  A presentationat the ISO 268 WG1 October 2019 meeting (see PDF) gave details of the China-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City (CSTEC) indicator system which has 27 KPIs decomposed into 52 "essential factors", 129 "key links", 257 targets, and 723 specific measures. An ISO 37101 Purposes - Action Areas radar chart was reported based on indicators related to 10 SDGs. The CSTEC indicator has been released officially (see news item).
  • Hangzhou CBD (ISO 37101 Demonstration Area). Hanzhou in China was selected to implement an ISO 37101 pilot project (see ISO news item).  The Hangzhou central business district was recognized as an  ISO 37101 International Experimentation City in June 2018, and a report of the pilot was made in September 2019 at the ISO TC 268 WG1 (Wuhan) meeting (see presentation PDF).
  • Xiaoyi City (ISO 37101 International Experimentation City). Xiaoyi was recognised as an  ISO 37101 International Experimentation City in January 2019  and a report of the pilot was made in September 2019 at the ISO TC 268 WG1 (Wuhan) meeting (see presentation PDF).

France: In France, experimental 37101 implementation as case studies is underway in Paris, Montévrain, Grenoble, and RSU as was announced at the October 2018 meeting of ISO TC 268 and reported at the September 2019 meeting (see PDF). The case studies are accompanied by a training programme.

FIDIC aims to engage wherever possible in such pilot projects to obtain feedback for its other USM activities.

Urban Sustainability Management Platform 

Building on the Project/Programme Sustainability Logbook platform  (see PPSL.org for a description of PPSL), the USMP platform site at USMS.site has beendeveloped to provide City Logbooks to support the implementation the ISO 37101 standard.

Awareness raising webinars

FIDIC organised a series of awareness raising seminars  in partnership with other organisations including UN Environment, ISOCARP, the Global Cities Institute, and ICLEI. The announcement for the first webinar in the series is available (PDF) together with the main presentation that is given by Thierry Marneffe, Peter Boswell and Jean Félix (PDF). 

Further webinars were organised in 2018, the first taking place on 22 January 2018 (see announcement). Beyond this, the plan is to dedicate webinars to specific regions (in local languages) and areas of activity.


FIDIC has been participating in the development of guides, notably a  "developers guide" to ISO 37101  for implementing the ISO 37101 standard at the project level so that a project meets the aspirations and requirements of an ISO 37101 system that may or may not be implemented at a city, community or neighbourhood level. Following approval of a new work item, ISO has set up a task group (ISO TC268 WG1 TG3) to draft the ISO 37109 developers guide. Information about ISO 37109 is consolidatd at wiki.37101.org.

Secondly, as noted above, aside from the ISO 37104 city implementation and business districts guide, guides have also been proposed for small cities and for ports.

Training modules

The development of training modules that would form part of the FIDIC Guide to Practice Training manual and training programme that includes modules for environment management, risk management and quality management as these represent essential tools for consulting engineers and their clients.

Training programmes

Incorporation of USM into the FIDIC Future Leaders Management Certificate (FLMC) training programme  and the FIDIC Certified Consulting Engineer (FCCE) pilot programme is envisaged. The last FCCE training programme started in late-March 2018 in Hangzhou and was organised by a FIDIC China representative office that is being established. The programme included an evening seminar on Urban Sustainability Management (presentation) that was open to the public.


Promotion of the ISO 37101 management system approach in international fora such as to present the FIDIC USM activities (PDF) at COP23 in Bonn at a special side event (PDF) as well as at events organised at the UN Habitat 2017 9th World Urban Forum and at the 2020 10th World Urban Forum. The aim is also to incorporate USM in tools such as those developed by the UN Environment Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction

SDG indicators

FIDIC is participating with UN Habitat in developing metadata, methodologies and new and revised indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals, notably for the investment sustainable buildings indicator. ISO 37101 Optimised SDG Compatible Declarations (OSCDs) couple SDG indicators to the the ISO 37101 framework

ISO 37101-related indicators

There are several on-going or proposed indicator initiatives. Indicators for Business Districts: an ISO 37101 guidance document is being proposed . Some 58 indicators have already been identified as part of a joint effort by Chinese and French cities. Indicators will be an important part of the guidance document that WG1 is preparing on business districts and  a request has been made  to review the indicators  to see which are already been included in  ISO 3712x series documents and which should be considered for further development as a new standard or as a guidance document. Indicators for Smart Cities (ISO 37122): a draft standard was approved at the ISO/TC 268 December 2018 meeting. Detailed editorial work continues. Indicators for Resilient Cities (ISO 37122): circulation for comment of a draft standard was approved at the ISO/TC 268 December 2018 meeting.

The September 2019 at the ISO TC 268 WG1 (Wuhan) meeting agreed that greater coherence between ISO 37101 and ISO 37120 (Indicators for city services and quality of life), ISO 37122 (Indicators for smart cities) and ISO 37123 (Indicators for resilient cities) is needed. 

Second, the list of indicator in ISO 37108 (Business districts guidance) is to be compared with ISO 37120, 37122 and 37123 to identify those indicators that are similar, those that need modification to be in line with TC 268 WG 2 documents and those that are missing in TC268 WG 2 documents (but are important for business districts).


FIDIC released at COP23 climate change summit a statement (PDF) of the consulting engineering industry's commitments to the Paris climate change agreement that include supporting the the Urban Sustainability Management Platform. The commitments require promotion of the USMP and its tools to FIDIC Member Associations, which are expected to report on progress in implementing the commitments. FIDIC also aims to develop a common set of commitments with partners from the built environment sector. 

The FIDIC commitments also formed the basis for discussions at a 2018 World Urban Forum Networking Event in Kuala Lumpur, see announcement and background. Work is in progress to expand and update the commitments, which were presented at business events  at COP25 in Madrid.

Updated January 2020