Workshop Opportunity

​Urban Infrastructure Financing Options ​

cdia workshop imageJoin CityNet and CDIA to discuss Urban Infrastructure Financing from July 14-17, 2014 . This workshop equips senior engineers and finance officers with an understanding of a spectrum of financing products to boost their city’s competitiveness and sustainability.

Information on the workshop content, target participants and sponsorship arrangements can be found in the workshop Program.

How to Apply

Please apply online before June 3rd 2014 09.00 Korea Standard Time. For any questions, please contact Mr. Toby Roycroft, Program Officer at  programs1@citynet-ap.org.


Urban Management

CityNet and the Seoul Human Resource Development Center (SHRDC) invite CityNet members to learn and share best practices in sustainable urban transformation.

Information on the workshop content, target participants and sponsorship arrangements can be found in the workshop program.

How to Apply

Kindly complete and return the application form to ​programs2@citynet-ap.org by June 10th 201​4 ​09.0​0 ​Korea Standard Time.


 Climate Change Workshop

CityNet and the Seoul Human Resource Development Center (SHRDC) invite CityNet members to learn and exchange successful climate change policies and renewable energy technologies.

Information on the workshop content, target participants and sponsorship arrangements can be found in the workshop program 

How to Apply

Kindly complete and return the application form to ​programs2@citynet-ap.org ​by June 10th 201​4 ​09.0​0 ​Korea Standard Time.


General Notes 

Please note that these workshops have a limited number of spaces. Even if you meet the selection criteria and can fully fund your own travel, this does not guarantee you a place.  

We will try to respond to all applications within two weeks of the deadline. If you do not hear from us within this period, you can assume that you have been unsuccessful.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to email programs1@citynet-ap.org.

We look forward to receiving your applications.

UNISDR Resilient Action Planning Workshop Wrap-Up

Incheon, Korea
18th – 20th March 2014

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CITYNET, a longstanding partner of UNISDR’s ‘Making Cities Resilient’ Campaign, joined a global assembly of local governments, disaster management agencies and capacity development service providers to better understand and enact the campaign’s ‘Ten Essentials’ of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management. This three day collaborative learning initiative challenged participants (including CITYNET member cities Makati, Muntinlupa, Seoul and Incheon) to plan new city-level DRR objectives and activities. CITYNET will work with UNISDR to further refine the campaign’s tools and make them even more relevant and accessible to CITYNET members. You can read more about the event here http://www.unisdr.org/archive/36828 and discover more information about the campaign and the resources on offer through UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient website http://www.unisdr.org/campaign/resilientcities/

Update: Training Course on Eco-Industrial Clusters

December 2-4 2013
Tokyo, Japan

Many Asian economies are still struggling to manage the negative impacts of their industrial areas. Yet, the grouping of related economic actors into ‘Eco-Industrial Clusters’ has the potential to address environmental burdens and yield mutually productive advantages. To help policy makers find ways to achieve this, the Asian Development Bank Institute, CITYNET and Kawasaki City organized an intensive training course for 32 senior officials from City Governments and National Ministries of Environment and Industry from 14 different Asian nations.

Structured into a series of information sessions followed by break-out discussions and group exercises, participants learned to identify the policies, technologies and financing mechanisms required for boosting the ecological performance, economic competitiveness and social inclusiveness of industrial areas. The final day’s field visit to Kawasaki Eco-Town showcased realistic ways of looking beyond simple manufacturing and cultivating green growth.

A number of commitments were made by participants to immediately enact new eco-industrial measures in their home countries. Pledges included renewed efforts to mainstream environmental policy across different line Ministries and the establishment of city-level research institutions to collate, review and lobby for improved eco-policy.

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Participants engage in a group exercise.

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Participants visit a paper recycling facility in Kawasaki Eco-Town.

Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in San Fernando City and Metro La Union Seminar

December 12-17, 2013
City of San Fernando, La Union, Philippines

This six-day training course is designed to introduce local farmers in Metro La Union to organic agriculture practice, with a special focus on Korean Natural Farming (NF), a branch of sustainable agriculture practice in more than 30 countries. In addition to providing a platform for solidarity and exchange of information among farmers, the workshop will provide practical knowledge about the details of the methodology as well as information concerning the logistics involved with the transition, such as accreditation, certification, and labeling of organic products.

Natural Farming utilizes natural resources made locally by farmers themselves with natural farm by-products, aided by locally available indigenous microorganisms instead of herbicides and pesticides. Natural farming can result in more nutrient-rich agricultural products with higher productivity and minimum cost/labor by maximizing nature’s potential.

CITYNET has invited experts from the renowned J. Farming Institute in Korea, including the Founder and Chairman J. Han Kyu, who originally introduced Natural Farming in 1967, to provide intensive NF training.

The training seminar will provide government officials and NF practitioners in the Philippines with the valuable opportunity to discuss the status, challenges, and achievements of sustainable agriculture in the Philippines and stimulate discussion on the practical aspects of converting to organic natural farming.

Please see the full schedule below and contact Toby Roycroft at programs1[at]citynet-ap.org for more details.

Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in San Fernando City and Metro La Union Brochure and Schedule

KLRTC 28: Increasing Corporate Profitability and Sustainability Through Safety & 3Rs Program

Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Centre 28: December 5-6, 2013

Rapid urbanization and industrialization in many societies have resulted in changing of human livelihoods. The need for more material wealth also brings more waste, which causes problems of water pollution, air pollution and solid waste. Solid waste created by human activities is a growing fire hazard and serious problem for our environment.

The Kuala Lumpur Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government is leading the region by implementing a 2+1 system of waste management. This system collects mixed waste twice per week and sorted recyclables once per week. The KLRTC 28 seminar will greatly enhance the implementation of the Ministry’s policies and help the nation achieve a greener and more productive waste management system.

The seminar will focus on hotels, hospital, commercial complexes and high rise buildings from the point of safety and how the 3Rs, reduce, reuse, and recycle, can help mitigate financial losses.

This two-day seminar will greatly benefit all the local authorities nationwide as it will address common fire hazards in commercial buildings and will demonstrate how proper waste management systems can immediately mitigate these hazards while promoting safe and green values.

The Retailers Association, Fire Association and the Fire Department of Kuala Lumpur and other relevant agencies will be engaged to implement the safety and green aspects and also to create green recyclers in commercial complexes and high rise buildings.

Objectives:

  • Update on the latest Fire Hazards Abatement strategies and Effective control on waste resource recovery to maximize profits for owners
  • How to enhance safety in work place and create fire safety awareness through the efficient management of fire risks, waste recycling and fire certification
  • How to UPDATE your Emergency Response Plan (ERP)
  • Learn how to maximize your waste into resources and profits
  • Hands on Learning on how to identify the value of each waste

2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress: Highlights and Outcomes

CITYNET Seoul General Council
CITYNET wrapped up the 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress on November 6, 2013, bringing together over 30 mayors, 20 multi-lateral organizations, and 300 people from 75 cities to collaborate on the most pressing urban development issues facing the Asia Pacific region.

There were many highlights during the Congress, including the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), discussions exploring the theme of “Innovative Solutions for People-Friendly Cities”, and presentations on best practices to make cities more sustainable and resilient.

To see some of these moments, you can:

  • See photos of last week on our Flickr page
  • Download presentations and best practices
  • Read about the Congress in the news
  • Check our YouTube page for videos (coming soon!)
  • If you weren’t able to make it last week, please know that we welcome further collaboration, conversations, and partnerships as the Seoul Secretariat builds on the momentum of the Congress to create effective urban change in 2014.

2013 CITYNET Young Professionals Congress

DSC_0520CITYNET proudly staged the first CITYNET Young Professionals Congress on Saturday, October 12 at the Seoul Global Center. The CITYNET Young Professionals (CYP), a voluntary body of students and recent graduates committed to urban sustainability, have spent the last three months harnessing the CITYNET network to conduct innovative research on: Multicultural Education Policy, Young North Korean Refugees, Green Solid Waste Management, and Transport Oriented Development. With an Expert Panel including representatives from The Asia Foundation, The Korea Transport Institute, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul National University and Mulmangcho School, the Congress gave CYP members an opportunity to showcase their findings, receive constructive feedback from industry leaders and engage in lively discussion. The research team deemed by the Expert Panel to have banded together to produce the most robust, original and relevant paper and presentation, will receive the CYP 2013 Award at the CYP program’s official launch during the CITYNET Seoul Congress 2013 in November.

As the importance of engaging today’s youth (and tomorrow’s city leaders) in the challenges facing cities is only set to inch up the political agenda, CITYNET is looking forward to working with the inaugural CYP members to increase the membership, activities and geographic spread of this program in 2014.

Press Release: Microsoft Joins 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                        FOR INFORMATION CONTACT
Tuesday, October 7, 2013                                                                                                Brenna Foster at +82 02 723 0635

 

2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress
CITYNET Partners with Microsoft CityNext
for People-First Innovation

CITYNET is proud to announce a new partnership with Microsoft CityNext at the 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress. Microsoft CityNext is a people-first approach to urban innovation that empowers government officials, businesses and citizens to shape the future of their city.

Broadening the smart city conversation beyond infrastructure to unlock the human potential within a city, CityNext harnesses technology, services and educational opportunities to help cities reimagine themselves and accomplish what’s next. The Microsoft CityNext team will share its program and opportunities for collaboration with hundreds of mayors, city officials and NGO leaders at the 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress.

What: 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress: Microsoft CityNext Session
Who: 300 Mayors, City Officials and Urban Development Stakeholders
When: Wednesday, November 6th, 2013, 11:30AM
Where: Seoul Global Center, 9F

Microsoft will join institutions and partners from the United Nations, Clean Air Asia, the Seoul Institute and many more multi-lateral institutions to present their best practices and experience for the Asia Pacific region. Congress participants will leave with a range of new urban development tools at their disposal and strengthened connections to their counterparts across the region.

Attendance at this event is invitation-only. Interested parties may contact the CITYNET Secretariat for information on open sessions. For more information, follow us on twitter @CITYNET_ORG, like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/citynetsecretariat/ or visit www.seoul2013.citynetcongress.org.

About CITYNET
For over 20 years, CITYNET (The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements) has committed itself to helping local governments improve the sustainability of human settlements. Starting with 26 members in 1987, CITYNET has grown to become an international organisation of 131 city and civil society members in more than 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. CITYNET relocated from Yokohama, Japan to Seoul, South Korea in early 2013.

 

Brenna Foster
Partner Development Officer
communication@citynet-ap.org
+82 2 723 0635
www.seoul2013.citynetcongress.org
www.citynet-ap.org

Jennifer Chen
Regional Marketing – Public Sector
jennchen@microsoft.com
+65 6888 8228
+65 9369 1839
www.microsoft.com/citynext

Press Release: UN-Habitat, CITYNET and Kuala Lumpur City Hall Host Training on Urban Planning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 23, 2013

Experts from UN-Habitat explore using spatial planning.
Experts from UN-Habitat and CITYNET members explore spatial planning

Over thirty urban decision makers, among them city mayors, senior city managers and urban planners from 11 Asian and Pacific countries including Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines and Sri Lanka gathered in Kuala Lumpur from September 23rd to 26th for the “Integrated Urban Planning in the Asia Pacific Region” training course. The Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Center (KLRTC), also known as CIFAL KL (The International Training Centre for Local Authorities Kuala Lumpur), in partnership with CITYNET and UN-Habitat, hosted the event. Participants focused on learning about innovative tools for sustainable urban planning to bring to their respective cities, towns and municipalities.

Facilitators introduce the fundamentals of sustainable urban planning in rapidly developing contexts
Facilitators introduce sustainable urban planning in rapidly developing contexts

The training was organized by Kuala Lumpur City Hall, The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements (CITYNET) and the United Nations Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). Throughout the program, city leaders and decision makers became familiar with the links between Urban Planning and issues such as Urban Infrastructure, Urban informality, Safer Cities and Urban Patterns for a Green Economy. The participants also had the opportunity to attend the 5th International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities, this year themed “Livable Cities are Creative and Competitive Cities”, and visit new urban developments in Kuala Lumpur. In addition, UN-Habitat presented its Urban Planning for City Leaders guide sponsored by Siemens to an Asian audience.

This was the first of a number of training events that will be co-organized by UN-Habitat to promote Urban Planning tools for Sustainable Urban Development.

For information, contact Toby Roycroft at programs1[at]citynet-ap.org.

Press Release: CITYNET Brings 300 Officials to Seoul

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                        FOR INFORMATION CONTACT
Monday, September 23, 2013                                                                                                Brenna Foster at +82 02 723 0635

2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress
CITYNET Brings Asia Pacific Mayors, NGOs
and Global Organizations to Seoul

This November CITYNET will bring hundreds of city mayors, civic leaders and international experts together for the 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress. Participants will delve into a wide range of topics including infrastructure management, disaster risk reduction, sustainable planning, air quality, and Seoul’s best practices.

What: 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress: Innovative Solutions for People-Friendly Cities
Who: 300 Mayors, City Officials and Urban Development Stakeholders
When: Monday, November 3rd – Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Where: Seoul Global Center and City Hall

CITYNET, with partners from the United Nations, the Korea Transport Institute, the Seoul Institute, and Clean Air Asia, will offer sessions, forums, and interactive programs to explore innovative ways to develop people-friendly cities in Asia. Congress participants will leave with a range of new urban development tools at their disposal, and strengthened connections to their counterparts across the region.

Attendance at this event is invitation-only. Interested parties may contact the CITYNET Secretariat for information on open sessions. For more information follow us on twitter @CITYNET_ORG, like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/citynetsecretariat/ or visit www.seoul2013.citynetcongress.org.

About CITYNET
For over 20 years, CITYNET (The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements) has committed itself to helping local governments improve the sustainability of human settlements. Starting with 26 members in 1987, CITYNET has grown to become an international organisation of more than 100 members in more than 20 countries, most of which are cities and local governments in the Asia-Pacific region. CITYNET relocated from Yokohama, Japan to Seoul, South Korea in early 2013.

Brenna Foster
Partner Development and Communication Officer
communication@citynet-ap.org
+82 2 723 0635
www.seoul2013.citynetcongress.org
www.citynet-ap.org
@CITYNET_ORG

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