Peter Boswell has been helping develop and support FIDIC-EFCA Sustainable Development Committee (SDC) programme of activities related Urban Sustainability Management (USM).  The FIDIC SDC is chaired by Jean Félix (

This page is updated in the light of participation in the semi-annual ISO/TC268 Sustainable Development in Communities meeting (Paris; 8-12 April 2019) to propose a "developers guide" to the ISO 37101 management system standard.

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 (ISO37104, now in the Draft International Standard stage and to be published in 2019); and
  • the project level (to be formally 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). 

Two additional guides to ISO 37101 will also be proposed at the meeting (ISO/PWI 24222 Sustainable cities and communities -- Small and medium-sized cities -- Guidance for practical implementation of ISO 37101; ISO/NP 37108 Sustainable cities and communities -- Business districts -- Guidance for practical local implementation of ISO 37101).

The various guides are related to standards and  indicator sets for city services (ISO 37120) and for smart (ISO 37122) and resilient (ISO37124) cities.

1. Recent events

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

2. Activities

The main FIDIC USM activities being carried out up to March 2019 are summarised below.

  • ISSCC: the city of Hanzhou in China has agreed 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). 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. Members as of December 2018 were: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Chengdu, Changchun , Xining, Tianjin Eco City, Astana , Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Londrina, Rabat, Rennes (France), Versailles Grand Parc (France), Voronezh (Russia), Krasnodar (Russia), Togliatti (Russia), Sochi (Russia) , Serov (Russia), Novorossiysk (Russia), Annapolis (Russia), Magas, Grasmere (UK).

  • International Standardization Cooperation on Sustainable Business Districts, a new alliance that builds upon the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco City pilot summarised below. This standardisation activity was discussed at the ISSCC meeting in Hangzhou on 2 February 2018 and reportedly will involve up to some 50 business districts in China. FIDIC was represented.
  • Pilot projects:  Hanzhou in China was selected to implement an ISO 37101 pilot project (see ISO news item). Also in China, the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco City (SSTEC)  is to become an ISO 37101 pilot programme and a case study for the ISO37104 guide (see presentation PDF). A forum was organized by the SSTEC Legislative Bureau prior to the meeting (in Zuhai, China, in May 2018) of the ISO 268 committee and working groups. 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 (, a platform is being developed that provides tools to help implement the ISO 37101 standard.
  • Awareness raising webinars: FIDIC organises 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 most recent 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.
  • Guides: participation in the development of guides, notably a proposed "developers guide" (see 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. Secondly, aside from the ISO 37104 city implementation guide, guides have also been proposed for business districts, small cities and ports with business districts perhaps receiving the most attention. 
  • 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 Young Professionals Training Programme (YPMTP) and the FIDIC Certified Consulting Engineer (FCCE) pilot programme. The next FCCE training programme starts in late-March 2018 in Hangzhou and is organised by a FIDIC China represenative office that is being established. The aim is to include an evening seminar on Urban Sustainability Management that is open to the public.
  • Promotion: promotion of the ISO37101 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 to be organised at the UN Habitat 2017 9th 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-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.

  • Commitments: FIDIC released at COP23 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 will also form the basis for discussions at a 2018 World Urban Forum Networking Event in Kuala Lumpur, see announcement and background.

Updated 20 March 2019

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