Seoul Training Program for Water Managers in Southeast Asia

Seoul Water Works AuthorityCITYNET in partnership with the Seoul Metropolitan Government Office of Waterworks (ARISU) will showcase Seoul’s water management system in the “Seoul Training Program for Water Managers in Southeast Asia” on 8-14 September 2013. The program will be hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government Office of Waterworks and co-organized by CITYNET and the Korea Water and Wastewater Works Association.

This one-week event introduces practitioners and decision makers from across Southeast Asia to Seoul’s water management initiatives through lectures and site visits. The scheme provides an interactive means of knowledge exchange, technology transfer and personnel development.

The training will have a combination of lectures / discussions and diverse field visits including the Office of Seoul Waterworks, Seoul Waterworks Research Institute, Jungrang Sewage Treatment Center and Arisu Water Purification Center. These technical tours will allow participants to directly observe the process and technology behind Seoul’s water purification and wastewater treatment process. Taking advantage of the composition of participants from different local governments across Asia, there will be reporting and discussion on the different water management practices, technologies and experiences encountered in each country.

During their stay, the 16 confirmed participants from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal and Philippines will get to understand how the 20 million population of metropolitan Seoul enjoys access to drinking, domestic and natural water. At the Seoul Training Program, participants will build a technical network of water managers through which they can exchange policies and lessons.

The deadline for registration in this year’s Seoul Training Program has passed but based on its success, CITYNET plans to make this program available to CITYNET members on an annual basis.

CITYNET Young Professionals Program

CITYNET kicked off the CITYNET Young Professionals Program (CYP) in July, 2013, and has planned a formal launch during the CITYNET Seoul Congress 2013 in November. CYP is a voluntary student-led organization supported by CITYNET that is committed to empowering often marginalized young voices by engaging youth in pressing development issues, producing unique pieces of research and raising awareness of themes often left off mainstream political agendas. CYP activities will include regular workshops and field trips, as well as opportunities to meet and network with city officials, policy experts, development practitioners and NGOs.

The CITYNET Young Professionals program.

This year, the program will provide a platform for students to engage in two focus areas; green growth and multiculturalism in Korea. These focus areas, called clusters, allow students to network and research with like-minded peers and to leverage the CITYNET network in order to more deeply understand some of the world’s most pressing sustainable development issues. The Green Growth cluster will conduct field research on mobility and solid waste management and the Multiculturalism cluster will analyze the challenges of multicultural children in Korea and the issues facing North Korean defectors.

Currently, CITYNET Young Professionals come from twelve different countries. Their backgrounds range from Literature to Development Policy to Business Administration. The program is designed to be student-led, allowing students with various professional development goals, research interests, and personalities to customize the program and work together towards a common purpose. The Young Professionals will share their research findings and experiences at the CYP Congress on October 12, 2013.

While applications for CYP are currently closed, as CYP is an ongoing initiative, new students will have further opportunity to join the network throughout the year. In the future, CYP intends to expand its youth network across the Asia Pacific region and beyond.

CITYNET Young Professionals Updates

2013 CITYNET Young Professionals Congress

CITYNET Young Professionals Annual Report 2013

KLRTC 27: Integrated Urban Planning in the Asia Pacific Region and World Conference on Sustainable Cities

23-26 September 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KLRTC and Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur)

cifal_Kuala LumpurOne of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Centre’s most popular programs, the 2013 “Integrated Urban Planning in the Asia Pacific Region” workshop will take place in Kuala Lumpur from September 23rd to 26th. Throughout the workshop, there will be discussions, presentations and interactive sessions on urbanization as it impacts on housing, energy, water, waste management and informal markets. Participants will deliver presentations on their city’s biggest urban planning challenges and will develop action plans based on their learnings to implement upon their return.

In addition to leading urban planning experts, trainers from UN-Habitat will provide an in-depth introduction of their new guide, Urban Planning for City Leaders, which is sponsored by Siemens and aimed at providing local leaders and decision makers with the tools to support urban planning good practice.

Timed to coincide with the 5th International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities 2013 themed “Liveable Cities are Creative and Competitive Cities” at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, CITYNET will be organizing a succeeding training course for planning practitioners from across Asia and the Pacific. The sessions will use problem-based learning methods and real life case studies to skill city managers in infrastructure provision, the pursuit of sustainable development and means of addressing informality.

In addition to leading urban planning experts, trainers from UN-Habitat will provide an in-depth introduction of their new guide, Urban Planning for City Leaders, which is sponsored by Siemens and aimed at providing local leaders and decision makers with the tools to support urban planning good practice.

For more details, please contact the CITYNET Secretariat at programs1(at) 

KLRTC 26: 4th International Conference on Green Purchasing

18 – 20 September 2013, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Malaysia

cifal_Kuala LumpurEveryone will be “seeing Green” during the 4th International Conference on Green Purchasing on 18 – 20 September 2013 in Subang Jaya which is organized by the Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Centre (KLRTC) and Green Purchasing Network of Malaysia (GPNM). The three-day conference will bring together around 400 participants from national and local governments, businesses, the private sector, academe and international organizations to discuss and exchange knowledge on sustainable green development, purchasing and productivity. Resource speakers, presenters and panelists composed of high level officials and world renowned experts and practitioners in green purchasing and green productivity will share programs, strategies and critical factors for the successful attainment of a ‘green’ environment, sustainable ‘green-oriented’ policies and mechanisms and impacts of green development on the environment. Participants will examine how the roadmap for Government Green Procurement (GGP) has been implemented in advanced green purchasing countries, with a focus on strategies and techniques, such as resource productivity, eco design and private enterprises. Case studies and best practices on eco-labeling as well as green procurement and purchasing from the government and the private sector will be highlighted emphasizing ongoing initiatives, installed technology and policy reforms. The third day will be on safe and green buildings with special focus on Kuala Lumpur and sessions on fire and hazard management. The conference will also include a one-day seminar on safe and green commercial complexes and high-rise buildings.

The venue of the conference will be the Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, one of Malaysia’s premier destinations for business and leisure, just 25 minutes from Kuala Lumpur city center.

Please email admin(at) for more information.

CIFAL KLRTC Training Course XXIII on 'Sustainable Urban Planning in the Asia Pacific Region"

This is a call for participation in the CIFAL Kuala Lumpur/KLRTC Training Centre XXIII on ”Sustainable Urban Planning” to be held from November 14 – November 16, 2011, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For more information on the last Sustainable Urban Planning Workshop, please see the KLRTC Update document on the left. The registration form and additional information is also available. The deadline for applications is Friday 18th November.

Regional Workshop on Putting Safety First for the Urban Poor on the Local Agenda – Marikina

CITYNET, HABITAT, UNESCAP, SPARC and ACHR are jointly implementing a project on “Urban safety for the poor, with a focus on the most vulnerable groups in Asia and the Pacific. The project aims to raise awareness on issues of urban safety related to crime and violence for the poor in Asia and the Pacific, through analysis and collection of information and through the identification of promising or good practices in promoting safety.

The workshop has three main objectives:
1. Identify challenges of safety for the urban poor, in particular looking at issues of governance and policing for urban poor communities, and collaboration between communities and local government actors.
2. Share experiences and showcase innovations that are aimed at making cities safer.
3. Discuss how to explore the issues further and develop a plan of action.

Participants will include teams from more than 10 cities comprising representatives from urban poor communities/CSOs, police and local government. In certain cases, community leaders of communities with innovative programmes may also be invited. In addition, resource persons from academia or regional/international organizations would be invited to share their experiences.

Yokohama Waterworks Training on Water Safety

Yokohama Waterworks Bureau (YWWB) and CITYNET is coordinating the 2010 WaterworksTraining from July 4-17 and is inviting applications. The theme for this training is “Suitable Operation & Maintenance of Water Service for Water Safety Plan”. The deadline to apply is May 26, 2010.

KLRTC XVII: Integrated Urban Planning for Sustainable Urban Development

To share, exchange and learn from the experts. In particular, this training focused on enhancing the professional capacity of urban mnagers by equipping them with the understanding , knowledge and skills on sustainable urban transport management and operations. This was also an opportunity for previous KLRTC participants on transport to follow-up on their action plans.