CityNet new office bearers elected at the 2017 Congress

The Mayor of Seoul Park Won-soon continues his leadership as the President of the largest association of urban stakeholders in the Asia Pacific region committed to sustainable development as agreed upon at the CityNet General Council. Mayor Park re-emphasised his commitment for his second leadership term to actively share the best policies of Seoul Metropolitan Government through the tried and tested CityNet programs like city-to-city cooperation, customized capacity development programs, and technical exchanges during the General Council as part of the four-day Congress hosted by the Colombo Municipal Council from 5-8 November 2017.

Sharing his vision on how tackling contemporary urban challenges with more than 25 mayors and vice mayors from across the Asia Pacific region, Mayor Park Won-soon invites all CityNet members to celebrate their city growth to meet CityNet’s vision. He emphasised that cities and countries need to actively cooperate with each other and share their experiences and resources to find solutions to various urban challenges. And in this aspect, the role of CityNet as a multi stakeholder network is more significant than ever before.

The President of CityNet is assisted by two Vice Presidents that were newly elected, namely Makati City Government and the Municipal Government of Kuala Lumpur. CityNet elected its main office bearers that also consist of nine other Executive Committee members – Colombo Municipal Council, Suwon City, Penang Island City Council, League of Cities of the Philippines, Incheon Metropolitan City, Ahmedabad Study Action Group, Busan Metropolitan City, Bogor City Government, and Lalitpur Metropolitan City. This year, the council also allocated an Executive Committee seat for Yokohama City as the President Emeritus given their long-term dedication as the CityNet President for more than 20 years.

CityNet Colombo Congress was officially opened by the Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the second day during the inaugural ceremony, and Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, the speaker of the parliament, graced the occasion as the guest of honour, recounted his experiences as Colombo Mayor between 1997-1999.

Following the inaugural ceremony, the city leaders gathered for a dialogue to share their views on localising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that hugely depends on the local leadership. SDG 11 states “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” that highlights the importance of cities in regard to sustainable development”. As a result of this Mayors’ Dialogue, all CityNet city leaders made pledges that mayors and leaders of the CityNet member cities, and partner organizations, declare to jointly take effective action to make the cities in the Asia-Pacific region self-reliant, sustainable, inclusive and resilient, to shape the future of cities which are people friendly, socially just, ecologically sustainable and sound, economically productive, culturally vibrant and globally connected cities.

CityNet and Colombo Municipal Council convened more than 300 city mayors, city officials, urban stakeholders and experts from across the Asia Pacific region for the 2017 CityNet Congress to voice the cities’ challenges and solutions as well as network and form partnerships with other CityNet members, partners, and business leaders.

The 2017 CityNet Congress consisted of the two sessions of the Executive Committee, General Council, Mayor’s Dialogue, concurrent sessions and site visits. In addition, this Congress also gave the opportunity to evaluate the network’s activities throughout the past four years and map out the organization vision and strategy for the following years.

CityNet, with partners from UNESCAP, UN-Habitat, Global Green Growth Institute, International Water Management Institute, Clean Air Asia, Cities Development Initiatives for Asia, GSEF, the Asia Foundation, Korea Transport Institute, the World Bank, and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank offers sessions, forums, and interactive programs to explore innovative ways to develop sustainable cities of the future.

On the last day, moderated by the CityNet Secretary General Vijay Jagannathan, experts from international organisations, namely the World Bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Cities Development Initiative for Asia and the Global Green Growth Institute explained funding mechanisms on sustainable development relevant to urban stakeholders. Some CityNet member cities presented their project ideas in order to receive feedback on how to develop bankable projects.

This year’s congress marked the network’s 30th anniversary. As the largest urban stakeholders in the Asia Pacific region, CityNet commits to address urban challenges by connecting urban actors and deliver tangible solutions for cities, through various activities from capacity buildings, technical expertise consultation, project management and exposure visits for the past 30 years.

CityNet Services for Thimphu Thromde officers

 

CityNet Secretariat held a learning workshop on Seoul City’s best practices for local government officers from Thimphu Thromde, Bhutan on September 13-15. 2017.

The five-member senior delegation learned about Seoul city’s solid waste management practices, urban landscape management, traffic road management, and local drainage system.

The three-day learning workshop offered practical snapshots on the tools and processes that were undertaken by some of Seoul’s successful urban development programs. Activity highlights include lectures, site visits and action planning on next steps.

Thimphu officers said they will adopt Seoul’s practices on landscape management and design principles as the city is setting up more public parks and improving their public spaces in the few years to come.

During the awarding ceremony, CityNet Assistant Secretary General Hoiseung Lee hopes that city- to-city technical cooperation between Seoul and Thimphu will be sustained.

Thimphu Thromde’s visit to Seoul City was conducted through the CityNet Services program, a technical cooperation platform exclusive for CityNet members. CityNet Services can be in the form of city-to-city cooperation, technical exchange, and study visits.

For more information on CityNet Services, please click this link: https://citynet-ap.org/citynet-services-2/

Candidates for the CityNet Office Bearers 2018-2021

Candidates for the CityNet Office Bearers 2018-2021

We are pleased to inform our members the official candidates for CityNet Office Bearers for the term 2018-2021:

President City

  1. Seoul Metropolitan Government, South Korea

 

Vice President City

  1. Makati City Government, Philippines
  2. Kuala Lumpur City Government, Malaysia

Members of the Executive Committee

  1. Ahmedabad Study Action Group, India, Associate Member
  2. Bogor City, Indonesia, Full Member
  3. Busan Metropolitan City, South Korea, Full Member
  4. Center for Urban Studies, Bangladesh, Associate Member
  5. Colombo Municipal Council, Sri Lanka, Full Member
  6. Dhaka North City Corporation, Bangladesh, Full Member
  7. Incheon Metropolitan City, South Korea, Full Member
  8. Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Nepal, Full Member
  9. Lalitpur Metropolitan City, Nepal, Full Member
  10. League of Cities of the Philippines, Philippines, Associate Member
  11. Municipal Association of Nepal, Nepal, Associate Member
  12. Municipal Council of Seberang Perai, Malaysia, Full Member
  13. Suwon City, South Korea, Full Member
  14. Yokohama City, Japan, Full Member

Secretary-General

  1. Vijay Jagannathan
  2. Kalanidhi Devkota

Auditor

  1. Muntinlupa City, Philippines, Full Member

Election Committee Members

  1. Society for Development Studies, India, Associate Member

 

Elections for the office bearers will be conducted during the Council session on November 7, 2017. There will be open nominations for those positions that have insufficient number of nominations. CityNet members are expected to vote for the office bearers during the Elections.

The CityNet Congress will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on November 5-8, 2017.

For Election-related queries, please contact CityNet Secretariat at programs2@citynet-ap.org or congressinfo2@citynet-ap.org

Urban SDG Knowledge Platform Goes Public to Provide Immediate Impact to the CityNet Network

 

The Urban SDG Knowledge Platform will be officially introduced to the wider public on September 30, 2017. The Urban SDG Knowledge Platform is an online database co-managed by CityNet, UN ESCAP and Seoul Metropolitan Government which will serve as a centrepiece for the Urban SDG Knowledge Platform project, an initiative to follow up and review the implementation of SDGs in the Asia Pacific region through fostering city-to-city cooperation and providing a repository of good urban practices contributing to SDGs.

Through the Urban SDG Knowledge Platform project, CityNet will significantly scale up its efforts to foster sustainable urban development of the Asia Pacific region. CityNet, working together with Seoul Metropolitan Government and UN ESCAP, will connect resources to the Asia Pacific urban community to further scale up and enhance its good practices through city-to-city and city-to-multilateral organisation cooperation.

The Urban SDG Knowledge Platform project will connect opportunities in capacity building, city-to-city cooperation schemes as well as opportunities to organise technical advice and expert mentorship to its member communities. By connecting urban stakeholders together, the Knowledge Platform will ensure that no cities are left behind.

To initiate the aforementioned activities of the Urban SDG Knowledge Platform project, UN ESCAP and UN Habitat and other partners are developing a project which aims to support selected pilot cities to implement the SDGs in integrated and systemic ways, including tailor-made approaches for localizing a sub-set of SDGs related to sustainable management of natural resources.

“Integrating local action in support of the 2030 Agenda and SDG implementation” Workshop during the 2017 CityNet Colombo Congress will serve as a first introduction to the project’s theme and objectives, providing concept proofing and an initial opportunity for expressions of interest by cities interested in participating in the project.

The Urban SDG Knowledge Platform project is a follow up of the 2016 Urban SDG Forum, and the Asia Pacific region’s resolve to answer the APUF-6 Jakarta Call for Action, which asserted the dire need for collaborative efforts and city-to-city cooperation to further enable cities to develop and adopt innovative solutions to shared urban challenges in the region. Through its implementation, the Urban SDG Knowledge Platform project will work together for a more sustainable future for all.

 

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The first phase of the Climate Leadership Program held in Jakarta

 

As an effort to address the impact of climate change, CityNet organized the Climate Leadership Program in collaboration with UCLG ASPAC, Jakarta Research Council and Jakarta Capital City Government on 28-30 November 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

This three phase program is aimed at cultivating innovative leaders who will improve their competencies to build cross-sectoral netwoks, initiate transformational changes at individual, organizational, and city levels towards low carbon, resilent cities, and sustainable future. The first phase of the leadership program focused on leadership and city management under climate change impacts that included introduction, process and the relevant instruments for collective leadership.

The Climate Leadership Program is designed for decision-makers and leaders at many levels who are working in the context of climate change with and within the government. They will engage various urban actors to make a difference by initiating changes towards low carbon cities, resilient cities and a sustainable future.

Climate change is a global phenomenon that requires local or city acts and is one of the most serious environmental challenges facing the world where cities are the most vulnerable to the negative impacts. It causes high growth rate, land-use change, reduced open space, and ineffective governance.

It should be anticipated from many aspects, however, the anticipation is characterized by uncertainties, complexity and conflicting interests. The complexity of the climate change impacts in one hand and conflict of interest in the other is where leaders become the key players to solve various issues for a better management and a greener, smarter toward resilient city.

The second phase of this leadership program is scheduled in 2018.

CityNet Secretariat visits the Municipal Government of Kuala Lumpur

 

As part of its effort to bring full members active participation in the upcoming 2017 CityNet Congress, the CityNet Secretariat paid a visit to the Municipal Government of Kuala Lumpur on 17th August 2017 to extend the Congress invitation as well as to foster the Government’s active role within the network given its extensive urban development.

The CityNet Secretariat consisted of the the CityNet Assistant Secretary General/Seoul Metropolitan Government Director General of International Cooperation Bureau Hoiseung Lee, Director of Programs Youngmin Chang, Director of Operations Taegyun Gi, Senior Program Officer Stephani Widorini, and Congress Coordinator Wason Lee Huynh.

The CityNet delegation was warmly welcomed by the Deputy Mayor / Executive Director (Project Management Office), YBhg. (Hon.) Datuk Hj. Mahadi bin Che Ngah; Director of Human Resource Management, Mr. Mustafa Md. Noor, Deputy Director and Senior Assistant Director of Corporate Planning Department, International Relations, Ms. Norhaslinda and Ms. Izzatul Aini Ibrahim; and the Assistant Director of  Mayor’s Office, Ms. Nor Hazirah Mohd Ghazali.

During this friendly meeting, the Municipal Government of Kuala Lumpur expressed their commitment to be more involved in CityNet activities starting from taking up more active role in this year’s Congress. They are ready to share their recently launched best practices in the transportation development particularly the Mass Rail Transit (MRT) expansion, River of Life public space projects that include landscaping and lighting, and Greening Cities initiative to expand pocket parks within the city.

Wearing two hats, CityNet Assistant Secretary General/Seoul Metropolitan Government Director General of International Cooperation Bureau Hoiseung Lee also used this opportunity to deliver a special letter from Seoul Mayor Park Wonsoon as a special envoy to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) addressed to Mayor of Kuala Lumpur Datuk Seri Hj. Mhd. Amin Nordin bin Abd. Aziz.

The two parties also discussed about the annual workshop partnership with the Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Center and potential collaboration for the 2018 World Urban Forum hosted by Kuala Lumpur.

CityNet Visits Colombo in Preparation of the 2017 Congress

 

In preparation of the 2017 CityNet Congress, the delegation from CityNet Secretariat that consisted of the CityNet Assistant Secretary General, Director of Programs, Director of Operations, Senior Program Officer, and Congress Coordinator visited Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 12-15 August to ensure the smooth execution of this quadrennial event on 5-8 November.

CityNet Secretariat works very closely with the Colombo Municipal Council as the host city, coordinated by the Deputy Municipal Commissioner Thamara Mallawaarachchi – the long time CityNet supporter. The preparatory activities include ocular venue inspection, logistic preparation, meeting with CMC Commissioner V. K. A. Anura and Heads of Departments / Directors of Engineering of the City of Colombo who are coordinating the Congress preparation together with the CityNet Secretariat.

Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners of Sri Lanka’s member cities – Dehiwala/ Mt. Lavinia, Galle, Negombo, Kandy, Sri Jayawardanapura Kotte – and heads of Associate Members – SEVANATHA, Help-O, Galle Development Foundation, Management Resources for Good Governance – offered their full support for the Congress during a meeting that was organized by the CMC.

The CityNet Congress will be held at the Hilton Hotel and will consist of three legislative meetings, parallel sessions conducted by distinguished CityNet international partners, plenary session, mayors forum, official dinners, city tour, and site visits.

To register your participation and more details of 2017 CityNet Congress click: http://colombo2017.citynetcongress.org/

Deadline for CityNet Disaster Cluster Lead and Co-lead nominations extended

 

We encourage CityNet members to submit applications for Cluster Lead and Co-Leads for term 2018-2021.

The deadline for nominations for Disaster Cluster Lead and Co-lead for term 2018-2021 is extended. The new deadline is September 15, 2017.

It shares the same deadline for the nominations for Climate Change, Infrastructure, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Cluster lead and co-lead/s.

On November 5-8, 2017 at our Congress in Colombo, Sri Lanka, members will elect the new set of Cluster leaders.

The current four clusters are Climate Change, Disaster, Infrastructure, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A CityNet member is expected to belong in one of these four clusters.

See attached the details of Nomination and Terms for Reference.

All nominations for Cluster Leads and Co-Leads must reach the CityNet Secretariat through programs2@citynet-ap.org on September 15, 2017, Friday.

You may also email urgent queries and clarifications to the same email address.

 

Nomination Form for CityNet Cluster Elections

Terms of Reference for CityNet Cluster System (Cluster Lead and Co-Lead)

Call for Host City of CityNet ExCom Meeting

CityNet Secretariat is encouraging its members to submit Expression of Interest (EOI) to bid for the hosting of the 2018 and 2019 CityNet Executive Committee Meetings.

Secretary-General Vijay Jagannathan said hosting ExCom meeting is a privileged opportunity to highlight the city’s cultural and historical heritage and best practices to international colleagues.

Around 50-70 CityNet members attend the annual ExCom meeting. The participants include mayors and local authorities from the members of the Executive Committee, National Chapters, and the Clusters. They also include observers and resource speakers from CityNet’s international partners and the Secretariat as well.

The Executive Committee is the highest policy decision making body of CityNet.

CityNet will hold its 35th and 36th ExCom Meetings in Colombo in conjunction with the 8th General Council on November 5-8, 2017

Interested cities and organizations can fill up the Expression of Interest (EOI) below. Please read the Guidelines to give you other details for consideration. Note that the EOI form will be subject to further review as we will select the most suitable applications.

Deadline for the submission of EOI is on October 6, 2017. If you have urgent queries, please email programs2@citynet-ap.org

 

EOI Form ExCom Host City

Guidelines on Arrangements for Hosting the Executive Committee Meeting_

Letter_Open Call_ExCom Hosting

Transport Experts and Mayors at CityNet session in the 3rd ASEAN Mayors Forum

CityNet brought the people-to-people mobility agenda to the 3rd ASEAN Mayors Forum when it held a learning session on July 26, 2017 at Shangri-La The Fort, Taguig City, Philippines.

The CityNet session consisted of two parts, first was the inputs and presentations by the regional policy experts namely CityNet Senior Adviser Dr. Sangbum Kim, ADB Principal Transport Specialist Jamie Leather, the World Bank Senior Transport Economis Cluster Leader for Transport Sector in Vietnam Jung Eun Oh, and the Chief Research Director of Korea Transport Institute Dr. Sungwon Lee.

On the second part, CityNet invited its Special Adviser Mary Jane Ortega to moderate an interactive discussion that highlighted the need to developing and sharing new successful models to improve urban mobility programs. This discussion featured several mayors from member cities – Mayor Jaime Fresnedia of Muntinlupa, Mayor Gopal Prasad Regmi of Siddharthanagar, Mayor Bima Arya Sugiarto of Bogor. Towards the end of the discussion, Mayor of Makati Abby Binay also had a chance to comment by sharing her city’s initiative.

This session was perticularly aimed as a bid to strengthen commitment and to ensure that the sustainable urban mobility principles are well-integrated into cities’ plans and programs.

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