Press Release: Microsoft Joins 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress

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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 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 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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CITYNET-KOTI Sustainable Urban Transport Wrap-Up

DSC_1003 croppedThursday, September 5th marked the completion of the successful Sustainable Urban Transport Workshop. With 21 participants representing CITYNET members in 10 cities and 8 countries, and 14 participants from GIZ, the workshop brought many perspectives to the table. The workshop built off of presentations, forums, and site visits to stimulate discussion on how to create more effective and efficient sustainable urban transportation networks.

Organized with the Korea Transport Institute (KOTI), and held in conjunction with KOTI’s 4th International Public Transportation Forum, this workshop strengthened the partnership between KOTI and CITYNET.

Secretary General Ortega and Dawn Chui, Head of the UITP Asia-Pacific
Secretary General Ortega and Dawn Chui, Head of the UITP Asia-Pacific
CITYNET is also excited to announce its new partnership with the International Association of Urban Transport (UITP) Asia-Pacific Division. This partnership was formally established through the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on September 2, 2013 at the workshop. The MOU was signed by Mary Jane Ortega, Secretary-General of CITYNET and Dawn Chui, Head of the UITP Asia-Pacific Regional Office. The signing of the MOU was witnessed by Dr. Gyeng-Chul Kim, President of KOTI, and Mr. Vijay Jagannathan, formerly of the World Bank. The MOU formalizes cooperation and collaboration between CITYNET and UITP for events, programs, and initiatives regarding issues that are of common interest to both parties.

UITP is an international network for public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers, scientific institutes and the public transport supply and service industry. It is a platform for worldwide cooperation, business development and knowledge sharing between its more than 3,400 members in 92 countries. UITP is the global advocate of public transport and sustainable mobility and promotes innovation in the transport sector. The Asia-Pacific Division of UITP has been promoting public transport and providing opportunities for regional members to share experience and knowledge and advocating for the development of public transport on a worldwide level since 1993. The UITP Asia-Pacific Centre for Transport Excellence, recently established in Singapore, provides access to knowledge, research, experience, and know-how about how to address the mobility needs of the Asia-Pacific region.

For more information on the Sustainable Urban Transport Workshop, click here.

Sustainable Urban Transport Workshop 2013 Program

Singapore International Transport Congress and Exhibition

Date: 7-10 October 2013
Location: Singapore

The inaugural Singapore International Transport Congress and Exhibition 2013 is a platform for urban transport professionals to meet and discuss ways to shift the focus of transportation to people. The first major event hosted by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) Centre for Transport Excellence for the Asia-Pacific region (a joint Singapore Land Transport Authority and UITP venture), the conference demonstrates that an understanding of people’s needs and desires coupled with integrated transport planning and urban development practice, creates happy city-dwellers and sustainable urban environments.

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CIFAL Scotland Launches E-Learning Course

CIFAL Scotland announces the launch of Renewable Energies for Developing Countries a distance e-learning course in partnership with the University of Strathclyde to be conducted through the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Virtual Learning Platform.

Course Format:Course Dates: 30th September – 18th November 2013
Duration of course: 7 weeks
Fee: USD $700 (payment via credit card/PayPal and bank transfer)
Contact: e-learning@cifalscotland.org

For more information, see the CIFAL Scotland Website.

CIFAL Jeju Workshop: Deadline August 31

CITYNET Partner, CIFAL Jeju, will organize the “Workshop for Developing Capacities on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Asia-Pacific Region” on 16-18 October 2013.

This capacity building training workshop, while promoting the importance of effective climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction, will provide:
i) an opportunity for countries in the Asia-pacific region to enhance capacities in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction
ii) a platform to exchange in-depth learning from experts in the related area and to share good practices among participants
iii) a venue for city-to-city cooperation in building resilience in cities by integrating disaster risk principles into local climate change adaptation plan

The application deadline is 31 August (Sat) 2013 and late submission is not accepted.
Please be aware that those who have previously participated in CIFAL Jeju’s workshop can only apply 3 years after their last participation.

UNITAR CIFAL Jeju 6th Workshop 2013 Agenda
Application Form 2013 6th CIFAL Jeju Workshop

UNESCAP Joins CITYNET for the 2013 Congress

UNESCAPCITYNET is excited to announce that the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) is joining the 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress as a co-organizer. UNESCAP, headquartered in Bangkok, is a leading authority on urban development, specifically in the fields of sustainability, solid waste management, and pro-poor development. They will join the Congress to share their best practices and projects with CITYNET members and partners.

UNESCAP will be organizing several key parts of the Congress, including:

  • Urban Nexus: A parallel session exploring a recent ESCAP/GIZ project that looks at the interdisciplinary nature of urban development
  • Sustainable Planning for Low-Carbon Eco-Development: A plenary session that provides insight into how cities should plan for sustainable urban development by improving living standards
  • Pro-Poor Urban Resilience Back-to-Back Training Program: An invitation only two-day workshop immediately following the Congress.

CITYNET is excited to be working together with UNESCAP on this amazing event. More details will be forthcoming soon, and interested participants can contact partnerteam(at)citynet-ap.org or visit www.seoul2013.citynetcongress.org for more details.

2013 Metropolis Institute Programs

CITYNET Partner, Metropolis International Institute, will be holding two training programs at the Seoul Human Resource Development Center for Metropolis member cities to learn from Seoul’s best practices.

The first program, “Study for Streamlined and Replicable Climate Change Resilience”, will be held from September 2-6, 2013. This program will provide participants with comprehensive explanations and best practices of Seoul’s climate change policy and in-depth discussions of specific climate change challenges and cases of the respective participants through the “Action Learning” methodology.

The second program, “Urban Management for Sustainable Eco-Cities,” will be held from September 23-27, 2013. This program will provide participants with comprehensive explanations and best practices of Seoul’s urban management policy and in-depth discussions for safe and sustainable eco-cities as well as for challenges and urban management cases with participants through the “Action Learning” methodology.

For more information and registration details, please see the documents below.

SHRDC Metropolis Program Application

Metropolis Institute Climate Change Program

Metropolis Institute Urban Management Program

2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress

squarelogoCITYNET invites urban leaders from all sectors to attend the CITYNET Seoul Congress from November 4-6, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. Focused on the theme of “Our Vision and Way Forward: Innovative Solutions for People-Friendly Cities” the Congress, held once every four years, is a unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with high-level city officials, civil society leaders, and urban activists from across the Asia Pacific and beyond. Members of the CITYNET network will also have the opportunity to determine the future agenda of the network. All participants will be invited to join a variety of parallel sessions, site visits, and forums to discuss the future of urban development in the Asia Pacific.

For registration, schedule, and venue details to the congress, visit www.seoul2013.citynetcongress.org.

For session contents and further details, see the CITYNET Seoul Congress 2013 – Information Note August 1, 2013.