The Cluster Approach
CITYNET members choose to join one of a number of clusters, or thematic program areas. Program activities are envisioned, designed and implemented with these member-driven clusters in mind. This gives CITYNET activities a sharp focus on members’ needs. Gradually, the planning, initiation and implementation of the activities for each cluster will be handed over to committees formed from among members of that cluster.
Climate Change Cluster
Climate change adds a further layer of risks and urgency to the multitude of urban challenges already at play. With a membership spanning some of the most vulnerable cities to climate extremes, CITYNET provides special programs focused on disaster-preparedness, response and long-term rebuilding.
Mounting pressure on essential infrastructure (from solid waste management, to water and sanitation, to transportation), is an inevitable consequence of urbanization. CITYNET helps its members take an integrated and people-centered approach to the management of these demands by training city managers, facilitating technology transfers and aiding the exchange of policy.
The threat of natural disasters, climatic and seismic, is increasing globally and is particularly pronounced in middle and low income cities across Asia and the Pacific. Recognizing sustainable urban planning and management as the basis for building resilience, CITYNET trains city managers in disaster risk reduction and management approaches, facilitates urban risk profiling activities and spreads best practices in disaster preparedness.
Sustainable Development Goals Cluster
CITYNET is at the forefront of helping local governments achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With a lead city, San Fernando, Philippines, CITYNET is working to integrate the SDGs into the core policies and action plans of member cities.