With 80% of its population living in the cities, Latin America is experiencing various challenges in urban development such as the population density, pollution, water management, waste management, internet accessibility, public safety, digital divide, mobility, open government and citizen participation. Despite the vast diversity and extension of the region, many of the challenges the cities face today share similarities in nature. Taking advantage of such characteristics, the regional cooperation promotes knowledge sharing among the cities and accelerates smart sustainable development of the cities in the region.
WeGO will take the initiative to establish LASCN and serve as its international platform to improve the quality of life, innovate in the delivery of public services, and strengthen regional competitiveness.
The LASCN is envisioned as an open-ended regional network of city and other local governments across Latin America that will serve as a platform to exchange knowledge and foster cooperation on smart city development in the region.