Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Acceleration for Climate Change Mitigation

Renewable energy is one of the effective tools we have in the fight against climate change, and there is every reason to believe it supposed to be successful. However, in reality the growth and the implementation is slowing and emerging only as a minor contribution to mitigation especially in developing countries (cities).

Some of the challenges cities often underline that impede the implementation are too much cost, not enough output or too little emission reduction, lack of required components such as government incentives, policy support, community awareness, and cost increases, among others.

To address this issue the climate change cluster leader, Jakarta in collaboration with CityNet organised a workshop on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Acceleration for Climate Change Mitigation on 15 December 2017. This workshop convened not only CityNet members but also central governments, professionals, academics, private sector, and NGOs to ensure the potential multistakeholder partnerships in the future.

Renewable energy is already helping us in addressing climate change. It is the time to put our efforts together and accelerate the policy implementation.

CityNet Secretariat visits Surabaya City


CityNet Secretariat visited Surabaya on December 10-11, 2017. CityNet met with the Surabaya Creative Network to discuss and review the progress of the project focusing on the participatory public space conducted in collaboration with Bandung Creative City Forum and UNTAG University.

This project followed the success of last year’s National Chapter Indonesia project implemented in Bandung coordinated by Bandung Creative City Forum. Endorsed by Bandung City Government, this project was then replicated in Surabaya supported by the City Government. The project that emphasized the active participation of the youth in the city aimed at providing potential solutions to the urban challenges facing the city.

CityNet also engaged with the Surabaya’s Transport Department to better understand it’s achievements to manage urban traffic volume, such as the Surabaya Intelligent Transport System (SITS) that was launched in 2010. During this visit, the CityNet representatives had a chance to learn how the SITS operates and how it has been gradually developed throughout the years.

This system was funded purely by the local government budget. This initiative that attempted not only to reduce the traffic but also to increase road safety has proven that limited funding availability does not necessarily impede the local government to provide solutions to urban challenges. Alongside the efforts to provide the system, the Surabaya’s Transport Department has also been campaigning to increase people’s awareness as the key point to this initiative, for example by including road safety into schools’ educational programmes.

In addition, CityNet team was also invited to learn how the Surabaya City Government responds to its citizens report or complaint in a prompt manner through its Command Centre that was launched in 2016. This Centre receives emergency reports from the citizens through a call center, monitors the city’s condition through CCTV cameras visualized on large monitor screens, as well as monitors the river levels. It is also aimed at disaster risk management by connecting it with several related agencies such as Indonesian Red Cross, National Search and Rescue Agency, and the police. The Command Centre is expected to help address the complex urban challenges in the Indonesia’s second biggest city.

National Chapter Indonesia host welcomes CityNet Secretariat

The Secretariat held a meeting with the Regent of Sidoarjo Saiful Ilah, where CityNet Programs Director Youngmin Chang congratulated and thanked the Regent on behalf of the Secretariat on formalising their position as the host of Indonesia National Chapter for the period of 2018-2021.

One of the topics discussed included the result of the Cities Investment Fair held in conjunction with the 2017 CityNet Congress. Sidoarjo has been in contact with the CDIA Program Coordinator Eva Ringhof to work on a project proposal relevant to the needs of Sidoarjo infrastructure development particularly in the water management as part of climate change mitigation effort. CityNet was asked by Sidoarjo to assist in facilitating this collaboration.

Some of the key missions that Regent Saiful Ilah planned following their appointment as the new National Chapter Indonesia host are to improve the cooperation between urban multi-stakeholders locally, nationally, and globally; to encourage the local companies and national level companies to join the network. He encourages CityNet to start the program activities from small cases in the community level and move up to global level.

The Regent stated that as he is currently holding the position of the vice president of the Association of Regencies in Indonesia, he will reach out to more regencies to join and work with CityNet. The Secretariat will provide its support whenever necessary on the outreach effort.

During the visit Sidoarjo showed their several small-scale projects like for Pedestrian Safety and Private Public Partnership. CityNet was taken to several local companies that Sidoarjo has done cooperation with as well as the small and medium enterprises that build the city’s economy.

CityNet continued technical discussions on the cooperation with Sidoarjo at the Public Works Office led by Sigit Setyawan who oversees the department. CityNet presented the SDG knowledge platform and suggested that Sidoarjo shares their policies and cases to the network as they have many examples that could be useful to many of the CityNet members such as Urban Farming, Pedestrian Safety, and solutions to flooding. Sigit also spoke on the issues that Sidoarjo is facing and which many of the other Indonesia cities have in common is transportation and street vendors. These are some of the areas CityNet may want to focus on for Indonesia for future works.

World Cities – Meeting of Korean and EU Cities in Europe


The EU-funded World Cities Project facilitates city-to-city (C2C) cooperation on sustainable urban development between four Korean and four European cities. Each city has partnered with another one to exchange knowledge and identify potential areas of cooperation on topics such as

Climate Change (low-carbon, green energy, resilience);

Urban Regeneration (cultural heritage, green spaces, affordable housing);

Smart City (mobility, ICT, safety, urban lighting green technology and IoT); and

Sustainable Mobility;

Urban Economy (innovation, clusters, start-ups, living labs).


The city pairs Busan/Barcelona, Gwangju/Tampere, Seoul/Eindhoven and Suwon/Scotland Europa met in Copenhagen to share the latest updates on their exchange in order to further develop their cooperation. The meeting took place on 27 November 2017 and was a follow-up to the visit of EU cities to Korea in March 2017. The meeting in Copenhagen included site visits on sustainable urban development such as State of Green, BLOXHUB as well as Copenhagen’s major development areas Ørestad and Nordhavn.

The Korean city delegations continued their visit to Eindhoven, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Barcelona and Tampere to follow-up prior talks on cooperation initiatives with their EU partner cities from 28 November to 1 December 2017.

CityNet is coordinating the project in Korea. Three of the four participating Korean cities are full members of CityNet. The project lead is Ramboll – a global engineering consultancy headquartered in Copenhagen. The World Cities Project – supported by the European Parliament – promotes C2C initiatives and sharing of best practices in sustainable urbanization between cities of the EU and cities in other countries. Dr. Ronald Hall, Principal Advisor for International Relations at the EU Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy in Brussels, underlined that the program offers a unique opportunity to the four Korean and European cities to be part of a large network of 32 cities in the EU as well as in Australia, South Africa, Indonesia and Vietnam, which are the other country partners for the EU for the World Cities project.

The next conference of the World Cities Project is planned to be held in Korea in April 2018. The conference will conclude the World Cities Project. However, participating cities will continue their cooperation and CityNet is going to provide full support to facilitate this process, helping cities to jointly develop solutions for urban challenges around the globe.


Contact: Felix Kalkowsky,, +82-2-723-0632

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CityNet-World Bank BRT network kicks off in Bogor

CityNet and the World Bank visited Bogor City to assess the newly relaunched Bogor’s public bus route, as well as its public transport reform plan. After an initial briefing and assessment of Bogor’s public transport situation, CityNet and the World Bank agreed to provide a concrete set of suggested actions and activities to assist Bogor City’s public transport reform. CityNet-World Bank BRT Cities Network is a group of cities currently operating or are well underway of developing BRT systems in the Asia Pacific region. The network endeavours to enhance the service provision capacities of these cities.

Bogor is a satellite city of Jakarta, which has recently experienced a five-fold population expansion, now home to over a million residents. Over 8,000 angkot, or small minivan buses serve as public transportation providers to the residents of Bogor. Angkots are relatively cheap, numerous in number, and they stop at the passengers request.

Angkots however clutter the roads and cause air pollution. Bogor City attempted to create rotational shifting of the buses, even the distribution of Angkots by analyzing the number of Angkots servicing each destinations, and finally by reducing the operational age of the vehicles, but these attempts are yet to be regarded successful.

During the visit, CityNet and the World Bank team had a chance to meet the Mayor of Bogor. He expressed his enthusiasm to accelerate the implementation of the BRT system in Bogor, and he is looking for opportunities and possibilities of cooperation or formal assistance. Mayor Bima Arya noted that the city is currently working on strengthening the concept of what Bogor will implement in terms of public transport.

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.

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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


  1. Vijay Jagannathan
  2. Kalanidhi Devkota


  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 or

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.