Final Call for CityNet Office Bearers 2018-2021

CityNet has issued its final call for nominations / applications for its new office bearers. The final deadline is on July 10, 2017.

The final extension was made after receiving several requests, Election Committee Chairperson and Barisal City Mayor Ahsan Habib Kamal said in his June 19 letter of notice to CityNet members.

He also urged members to apply and get the benefits of an ExCom member,
‘Being a CityNet Executive Committee member gives your city/ organization leverage in our policy-decision making process and access to important local government activities in the Asia Pacific region.’

On November 6, 2017 at the General Council Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka, CityNet will elect its new set of officers –President, a first and a second Vice President, nine (9) Members of the Executive Committee and an Auditor. The General Council will also elect its Secretary General and Election Committee members.

Please see attached details on the election procedure, time frame, eligibility criteria, and application forms for all positions.

Applications/ nominations must reach the Election Committee through email at programs2@citynet-ap.org by July 10, 2017. You may also email urgent queries and clarifications to the same email address.

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SUSA and SMG visit CityNet Members in Metro Manila

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CityNet members in the Philippines’ National Capital Region met with technical experts from the Seoul Urban Solutions Agency (SUSA) and Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) on May 9, 2017 at Makati City Hall, Makati City. Key department heads from Makati, Marikina and Muntinlupa cities attended the meeting.

SUSA is an arm of the SMG with a mandate to share Seoul’s urban development experience and solutions to foreign cities.

During the meeting, SUSA presented its key programs on information communications technology (ICT), housing, and transportation among others. SUSA also learned about the different challenges and policy bottlenecks the Philippine cities are currently facing. SUSA, SMG and Philippine CityNet members look forward to further exploring prospects for technical collaboration.

The five-member delegation from SUSA and SMG also made a courtesy visit to Makati City Mayor Abby Binay. Makati City, CityNet’s Second Vice President, hosted the meeting.

2017 Seoul Waterworks Workshop for Vietnamese Cities

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15 city officials from Vietnamese cities participated in the 2017 Seoul Waterworks workshop from April 23-29. The workshop was organized by the Office of waterworks Seoul Metropolitan Government and CityNet Secretariat and marked the official start of the 2017 Seoul Waterworks Workshop.

By reflecting the cities’ interests and challenges on waterworks, the workshop provided the lectures and study visits related with waterworks issues such as water supply and quality management and integrated water information systems.

Through the City Report, SWOT and PDM (Project Development Matrix) analysis, city officials from Hue, Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh, Hai Duong, Nihn Binh, and Tam Diep shared their cities current challenges and designed future policy plan based on the lessons from the workshop. CityNet Secretariat, experts from related institute, government officers and private sectors shared the idea and suggestions for each cities and are expecting continuous cooperation.

This year, the workshop has three targeted participant groups, Vietnamese, Chinese and SMG (Seoul Metropolitan Government) partner cities.

CityNet joins regional dialogue series, highlighting the Network’s role in the New Urban Agenda

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CityNet Special Advisor Mary Jane Ortega presented the Network’s programs and new directions at the Asia Foundation’s ‘Asian Approaches to Development Cooperation (AADC)’ dialogue series on May 11-12, 2017 in Manila, the Philippines.

The AADC Dialogue is an invite-only event bringing together development experts and government officials in Asia to discuss and share thematic perspectives to enrich the Foundation’s program directions. The Manila event focused on the ‘Role of Development and South-South Cooperation in Implementing the New Urban Agenda’.

Speaking before The Foundation’s country directors and key regional policy makers, Ortega underscored that city networks like CityNet can easily facilitate city to city cooperation while ensuring urban solutions to development challenges are shared among its members. ‘CityNet will provide an enabling environment for its members to strengthen partnerships with international development partners and private sector towards a more sustainable Asian-inspired model of urbanization’, she added.

Extended Deadline: Call for CityNet Office Bearers 2018-2021

CityNet is encouraging all its members to submit application/nomination for CityNet Office Bearers for 2018-2021. The extended deadline is June 2, 2017, Friday.

On November 6, 2017 at the General Council Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka, CityNet will elect its new set of officers –President, a first and a second Vice President, nine (9) Members of the Executive Committee and an Auditor. The General Council will also elect its Secretary-General and Election Committee members.

Please see attachment for the details of election procedure, time frame, eligibility criteria, and application forms for all the CityNet positions.

Applications/ nominations must reach the Election Committee through email at programs2@citynet-ap.org on or before June 2, 2017. You may also email urgent queries and clarifications to the same email address.

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Korean Cities Exchange Best Practices with European Cities

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Four Korean cities – Seoul, Suwon, Busan, and Gwangju – are paired with four European cities – Eindhoven (Netherlands), the Scottish Cities Alliance (UK), Tampere (Finland) and Barcelona (Spain) – to promote better urban policy and improve the quality of life in participating cities. This is part of the World Cities Project supported by the European Parliament to promote long-term cooperations between the select cities.

The World Cities Project is the result of a political initiative in 2014 of the European Parliament and is implemented by the European Commission drawing on external expertise. World Cities current stage (2017-2018) promotes cooperation between cities from the European Union and cities from the Republic of Korea, Australia, South Africa, Indonesia and Vietnam. The project in the Republic of Korea is implemented by CityNet and Ramboll.

The cooperation agenda with the Republic of Korea will identify pilot regions and cities and the development of concrete actions for implementation. The focus area covers urban innovation (the smart city) and green technologies (energy efficiency, low carbon development), among others.

The project initiative was launched at a meeting held in Seoul on 14 March in the presence of Mr Kim Chang-beom, Ambassador for International Relations, Seoul Metropolitan Government, 20 European city delegates and senior officials of the Korean Government and local authorities. The EU was represented by Michael Reiterer, the EU Ambassador-designate to the Republic of Korea and Dr Ronald Hall, Principal Advisor, EU Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy, Brussels, in addition to other senior officials and EU experts.

The project launch meeting aimed at further strengthening the ties between EU and the Republic of Korea as well as helping to develop the EU-Korea cooperation on sustainable urban development. Approximately 30-40 representatives from the EU and Korean cities attended the meeting to discuss particularly on the way forward regarding Smart City (transportation, ICT, safety), Urban Economy (innovation, clusters, start-ups), Climate Change (low-carbon, green energy, resilience) and urban regeneration (cultural heritage, green spaces, affordable housing).

The meeting was then followed by three-day working meetings and site visits in the Korea’s hosting cities, during which participating cities from both sides exchanged information and discuss relevant urban development issues. This will be followed by six months of decentralised cooperation on specific topics between these cities.

Call for Nominations for CityNet Executive Committee Members 2018-2021

CityNet is encouraging all its members to submit nominations to be considered as candidates for the CityNet Executive Committee for the term 2018-2021. The Executive Committee is CityNet’s highest policy decision-making body.

The Executive Committee is composed of President, two (2) Vice Presidents, and nine (9) members. CityNet members will elect the new members during the Eighth General Council in the CityNet Congress in Colombo, Sri Lanka from November 5-8, 2017. The Council will also elect its Auditor.

Details of the nomination, eligibility criteria and application forms are attached below.

Deadline for the submission of nominations must reach the Election Committee through CityNet Secretariat by April 28, 2017.

For urgent queries, please email CityNet Secretariat at programs2@citynet-ap.org.

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CityNet signs a partnership charter with Sidoarjo and Boramae Medical Center on healthcare

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Sidoarjo Regency’s Public Hospital, Seoul Metropolitan Government – Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center and CityNet have agreed to create a synergy and establish partnership in the field of education, healthcare and hospital management by signing a partnership charter on 9 December 2016, following a MoU signed by the two hospitals on the same day.

The Director of Sidoarjo Public Hospital, Mr. Atok Irawan and the Director of Boramae Medical Center, Mr. Park Min-hyun first met in September this year during a program on healthcare and hospital management facilitated by CityNet that also brought knowledge exchange in e-governance and water treatment between Sidoarjo Regency and Seoul Metropolitan Government. On their opening remarks, they stated that both hospitals agreed to continue their partnership in a more concrete step that include fellowship programs where Boramae Medical Center welcomes medical doctors from Sidoarjo Public Hospital to attend a short course in Seoul.

The Regent of Sidoarjo H. Saiful Ilah expressed his excitement over this partnership and highlighted how CityNet has played a key role in connecting the two public hospitals. The delegation of Boramae Medical Center that consisted of five people had a chance to visit the Sidoarjo Public Hospital, during which Director Park Min-hyun was particularly impressed by how Sidoarjo Public Hospital is run with full dedication from all components.

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Following the MoU and Partnership Charter signing, representatives from the two hospitals and CityNet held an open discussion attended by officials from Sidoarjo Regency and doctors from Sidoarjo Public Hospitals. Some of the questions raised by the audience touched on education program that can be transferred from Boramae Medical Center to improve the skills of Sidoarjo Public Hospital’s doctors.

The last program of the day was a lecture on plastic surgery delivered by plastic surgeon Mr. Park Ji-ung from Boramae Medical Center to the plastic surgery residents of Sidoarjo and Surabaya Public Hospitals. It was then followed by a presentation from the only plastic surgeon at the Sidoarjo Public Hospital, Ms. Ariek Desnantika who showed several procedures she has continuously conducted.

Urban SDG Knowledge Platform officially launched

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The “Workshop on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asian and Pacific Cities” hosted by ESCAP from November 30th to December 1st, 2016 in Bangkok, was the perfect opportunity to launch the Urban SDG Knowledge Platform attended by representatives from 27 local governments, 11 national governments, and 29 UN bodies and organizations. The platform, developed by CityNet, Seoul Metropolitan Government, and ESCAP, was well received as a collaborative effort to share city policies for the localization of the SDGs.

Representatives from the three institutions emphasized the need to connect the current knowledge platforms which complement each other to implement the SDGs while promoting sustainable development for all. This is one of the key elements of the Urban SDG Knowledge Platform, as it is expected to become not only a gateway to the SDG-related city policies, but also to other knowledge platforms available to help local governments develop sustainably. The Urban SDG Knowledge Platform is also expected to be a tool to improve the offline activities of CityNet, ESCAP and other organizations willing to use its information. CityNet will use this platform to find cities that would like to share their policies through workshops or sessions and to facilitate its city-to-city cooperation program, CityNet Services.

The Urban SDG Knowledge Platform will improve CityNet´s current work and open new opportunities to help its members in achieving their sustainable development goals. Join us now by using the information on the platform already or uploading your city policies at http://www.urbansdgplatform.org/

For more details about the “Workshop on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asian and Pacific Cities” including the program, participants list, presentations, and supporting documents please go to http://www.unescap.org/events/workshop-implementation-2030-agenda-sustainable-development-asian-and-pacific-cities

2016 CityNet Executive Committee Meeting concluded with a road map

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CityNet members and partners convened in Makati, Philippines for the 34th Session of the Executive Committee (ExCom) from November 23-24 which concluded with a road map for the network.

Executive Committee Meeting is the network’s highest governing body that meets annually to evaluate its activities throughout the year and map out the organization vision and strategy for the following year. A series of activities implemented throughout 2016 were reported to the Executive Committee that included members’ pioneering initiatives as well as CityNet’s active participation in the recently held United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development adopting the New Urban Agenda in Quito Ecuador.

As conveyed by CityNet Secretary General Vijay julietta in canada Jagannathan, this year’s meeting underscored the importance of revisiting our key organizational strategies as we usher in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. This year’s Meeting kicked-off with a Strategic Planning Meeting a day prior to the ExCom proper that showed CityNet’s commitment to the above-mentioned challenges. This strategy meeting aimed at setting a road map for the network with clear plans to be implemented in the next few years.

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Some of the key points adopted at the Strategic Planning Meeting to shape up CityNet’ core activities are:

  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Urban Climate Change Resilience
  • Knowledge Platform Modalities in a Digital World
  • Paradigm Shift in Urban Challenges in Asian Cities
  • Affordable Housing
  • Mobility Solutions
  • Good Governance and Decentralization

In addition to the institutional and activity discussion, this year’s ExCom served as a preparatory deliberation for CityNet Congress that will be hosted by Colombo Municipal Council in November 2017 where the main office bearers for the year 2018-2021 will be elected.