CITYNET Event Details

The 9th CityNet Disaster Cluster Seminar and Symposium will be hosted by and taking place in Taipei on September 22nd -24th. Invitations were sent mid-June to CityNet Disaster Cluster members and is extended to members’ officers in charge of Disaster Risk Reduction Management to join for a knowledge exchange and networking opportunity. The seminars include sessions and site visits related to Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM). There will be four thematic areas focused on disaster medicine, disaster preparedness, disaster reduction and disaster recovery.

To participate please fill out and submit a survey and registration form, along with the invitation letter, before July 22nd via e-mail to Visit the CityNet Yokojama Office website for further details about the 9th CityNet Disaster Cluster Seminar and Symposium.

What do young citizens expect of their governments?

As part of the co-located events at World Cities Summit, CityNet and Microsoft organized a session to discuss the outcomes of a recent survey of young people’s expectations of their City Governments. Interesting insights emerge include current views of the challenges faced today, young peoples’ hope for the future and Cities that they admire.

Date: 11 July 2016

Time: 1245hrs-1400hrs

Venue: Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, Level 4, Simpor Junior 4813

City Mayors are invited to this forum that aims to provide opportunity for cross exchange of ideas and best practices allowing cities to collaborate on formulating their future agenda.

Speakers for this session include:

  1. Chang-Beom Kim, Ambassador for International Relations, Seoul Metropolitan Government
  2. Oswar Muadzin Mungkasa, Deputy Governor of Jakarta for Spatial Planning and Environment
  3. Michael Koh, Fellow at the Centre for Liveable Cities
  4. Mary Jane Ortega, former Mayor of San Fernando, La Union, Philippines; CityNet Special Advisor
  5. Stefan Sjoestroem, Vice President for Public Sector Asia, Microsoft

To participate in this session, please contact Stephani Widorini at

Are you attending the Preparatory Committee Meeting III (PrepCom 3) in Surabaya, Indonesia?

CityNet is organising a session on “Civic and Youth Participation in the Wired Age” partnering UN Habitat as part of the side event at Prepcom 3. The discussion focuses on initiatives that aim to make cities inclusive and sustainable with the use of digital technologies.

Date: 27 July 2016

Time: 1:30-2:30 pm

Venue: Room Crystal 1, Convention and Exhibition Hall Grand City Convex Surabaya

Panelists will present the following initiatives that enable to create people-centered projects with the use of smart technologies:

  • Microsoft and CityNet’s joint project CityApp is an excellent example of stakeholder engagement and crowdsource technical solutions (apps) for urban challenges, using the case of Sidoarjo’s winning app “M-Bonk” that has been launched for public use.
  • UN-Habitat and Mojang’s collaboration Block by Block uses Minecraft as a community participation tool in urban planning and design.
  • Pulse Lab Jakarta is a joint project of the UN through Global Pulse which is under the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General and the Government of Indonesia. Pulse Lab works with Jakarta city government’s Smart City Team.
  • Grab is Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing app, delivering on-demand mobility services.

In addition to this session, CityNet will showcase its activities at the exhibition booth together with one of its most active member cities, Sidoarjo Regency.

Contact Felix Kalkowsky at for more information and to confirm your participation. If you wish to find out more check here.

Kuala Lumpur view

“Workshop on Public Spaces: Creating Safe, Inclusive, and Accessible Public Spaces for All” will be held in Kuala Lumpur on August 2-4, 2016.

Organized by CityNet, UN-Habitat and Kuala Lumpur City Hall, this workshop will inform city leaders the importance of public spaces and why should they ensure quality public spaces in their cities for healthy urban life and sustainable urban development.

CityNet members must register by Wednesday, June 29th to be in the first round of sponsorship selection.

Registration is now open at 

Find more information here or contact Sayel Cortes at

Organized by Seoul Metropolitan Government, UNESCAP and CityNet


 CityNet, Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG), and UNESCAP will host the first International Forum on Urban Policy for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on June 8th-10th in Seoul, South Korea.

This year marked the official launch of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all 193 member countries of the United Nations, in which cities will play a critical role as a great deal of actions required will be taken at the local level. Therefore, this forum will seek to engage a broad base of urban stakeholders, namely national and city governments, specialized institutions, non-governmental organizations, international organizations and networks.

This forum will discuss how to facilitate and support cities in achieving the SDGs, particularly Goal 11, and will identify practical approaches and programs for sharing policy experiences, best practices, and innovative technologies and financing mechanisms among urban stakeholders.

Alongside this pioneering forum, CityNet, with the support of SMG and UNESCAP, will launch a special edition of its bi-annual magazine, CityVoices, which compiles innovative solutions to specific, city-level problems focusing on the Asian Perspectives of Sustainable Urbanization, inspired by the multi-dimensional urban challenges facing the Asia Pacific region that are different from the models and paradigms of cities across Europe and the United States. Twenty-four urban practitioners demonstrate that every challenge can potentially lead to locally customized solutions, which can then serve as useful case studies for other cities.

CityNet will organize an exclusive preview of the selected cases from this special publication  which will be delivered by former Vice Mayor of Seoul, Mr. Sangbum Kim; Mayor of Seberang Perai, Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif; former Mayor of San Fernando La Union, Ms. Mary Jane Ortega; and UNESCAP’s Director of Environment and Development  Division, Mr. Stefanos Fotiou, among others.

In addition, CityNet will facilitate a session on Safer Cities that is aligned with the work of the Regional Network for Safer Cities, chaired by the SMG. Experts in the area of urban safety and cities representatives will present challenges, potential benefits, and selection of best practices in safety include the representative from UN-Habitat, Mr. Juma Assiago; Ms. Mary Jane Ortega, CityNet’s Special Advisor; Seoul City’s Deputy Director of Design Policy Division, Ms. Kang Hyojin; the Mayor of Bharatpur, Mr. Mahesh Baral; and Ms. Piyanud Siri from Bangkok’s City Planning Department.

This forum will also introduce the Urban SDG Knowledge Sharing Platform as a hub for cities across the Asia Pacific region and beyond to share experiences and best practices in response to the SDGs. Not only will it provide access to information and technical resources but also facilitate the replication of policies, initiatives and good practices through city-to-city cooperation.

All sessions delivered in the forum are expected to provide concrete examples to better address and evaluate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and provide recommendations for the effective operations and focus of the Knowledge Sharing Platform.

To read more about the program and register for the forum visit


Program at a Glance

Wednesday June 8th, 2016

Opening session

  • Introduction of the Forum
  • Opening Remarks and Seoul’s Vision for the SDGs
  • Welcome Remarks 1
  • Welcome Remarks 2
  • Keynote Speech: Urban Policy for the SDGs and the Significance of Urban Policy Sharing
  • Group Photo

Session 1

  • Sustainable urban development in Asia Pacific
  • The role of local governments for the 2030 Agenda for SD
  • Seoul’s initiatives for the SDG
  • Challenges of local governments in the implementation of the SDGs

Session 2

  • Sustainable Urban Infrastructure in Asia Pacific
  • Sustainable Urban Planning
  • Sustainable Transportation – The Case of Seoul
  • Sustainable Housing
  • Sustainable Water Management
  • Launch of Asian Perspectives on Sustainable Urbanization: Best Practices


Session 3 – Parallel Sessions

  • Asian Perspectives on Sustainable Urbanization: Best Practices
  • Social Economy
  • Cities Innovation
  • Financing

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Session 4

  • Summary of Plenary Sessions of Day 1
  • Parallel Sessions Reporting from Day 1

Session 5

  • Asia Pacific Governance for the Implementation of the SDGs
  • Singapore’s Strategy for SDGs Implementation
  • Seoul’s Plan of Implementation of the SDGs
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Systems for the SDGs

Session 6 – Parallel Sessions

  • Environment and climate change
  • E-government
  • Safer cities
  • Disaster reduction

Session 7

  • Presentation on the concept of the urban SDG knowledge platform
  • Regional cooperation for the SDGs
  • Strengthening inter-city cooperation and policy sharing
  • Discussions on priorities and modalities for the urban SDG knowledge platform

Closing session

  • Summary of plenary sessions of Day2
  • Parallel sessions reporting from Day2
  • Seoul Communique

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Field visit

  • Transportation
  • Environment
  • Waterworks



Asia Pacific is one of the world’s fastest urbanizing region, and the rate of population growth in Asian cities is very rapid. However, transportation networks and infrastructure is still poor to meet the needs of heavily growing population and many Asian cities suffer from traffic problems. With growing recognition of the role of Asian cities in the needs of more sustainable, cost and energy efficient transportation system, urban leaders are increasingly challenged to find proper solutions for the long-term.

This workshop, staged by Seoul Human Resource Development Center and CityNet, connects urban professionals to discuss transportation & traffic problems in Asia Pacific region, exchanges innovative practices and explores potential solutions for problems raised through cooperation with Seoul Metropolitan Government. Especially this workshop, based on Action Plan of last year’s transportation workshop in Da Nang, has reflected practical needs of Asian cities.

The workshop will take place from April 3rd – 9th in Seoul Human Resource Development Center. Specifically designed for senior officials and decision makers from rapidly growing contexts, the workshop offers discussion with urban actors for sustainable policy making and an opportunity to strategize a new agenda for urban transportation.

Learning Objectives

This workshop offers a unique opportunity to practice knowledge transfer and to exchange urban solutions through study visit and group discussion during program. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand on Seoul’s future urban management plan and process
  • Facilitate cooperative relations between Seoul and CityNet member cities by sharing and transferring knowledge, technology and information on transportation.
  • Explain various best practices on transportation in the Asia Pacific region
  • Analyze problems of your city with other city leaders and find out solutions to develop transportation policies for rapidly developing cities.
  • Learn financing urban infrastructure and project preparation and structuring
  • Through SWOT analysis, understand any current deficiencies in each city and contemplate about enhancement strategies

Target Participants

  • Officials who have never participated in training programs organized by both Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) and SMG affiliated organizations

Workshop Venue Seoul Human Resource Development Center


  • The workshop is supported by SHRDC and Seoul Metropolitan Government will cover the cost of accommodations, meals, and training-related expanses. Participants are responsible for airfare.

Date April 3-9, 2016

Application form


Please fill out the attached application form and send it to Jaeyoo Hyeon at by Thursday, March 3.





  • Title: KLRTC XXIX Urban Planning for City Leaders
  • Dates: 22-25 September, 2014
  • Location: Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Centre

This short training course introduces urban practitioners and decision makers to UN-Habitat’s fundamentals of sustainable city building. Through problem-based learning and real life case studies, participants will discover how to optimize infrastructure, leverage density and cluster for competitiveness. Held from 22-25 September in Kuala Lumpur, participants will also enjoy access to the highly regarded World Class Sustainable Cities Conference.

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

How to Apply

Please apply online before August 16th 2014, 23.00 Korea Standard Time. For any questions, please contact Program Officer at

CityApp 2014 Final Logo no cn logos

CITYNET and Microsoft invite government officials, urban planners, and software developers to join CityApp 2014: Innovative Solutions for Cities. This series of unique events brings together stakeholders from across the Asia Pacific region to examine common urban challenges and build technology-based solutions over a 3 day period.

The first CityApp Event was held in coordination with Kathmandu and Lalitpur city officials, and partner organizations in Nepal from March 13-15, 2014. CityApp identified the most pressing urban challenges confronting the Kathmandu valley region and local Kathmandu computer programmers, developers and technology experts built web or mobile applications in response to these challenges. After a period of incubation, the applications will be available for use in Kathmandu and Lalitpur and for consumption by other cities in the CITYNET network. Read more about the winning applications here.

Developer teams are invited to apply to attend the next appathon event in Spring 2014. Details will be available soon.

Read the final CityApp Kathmandu 2013 report here.

CityApp Kathmandu In the News

Chosun Ilbo (Korean)
March 25, 2014: Incheon and Seoul Play Host to International Organizations

Microsoft Futures Blog

The Himalayan Times
February 10, 2014: Apps for a better Kathmandu

February 9, 2014: Solutions for Cities program to be launched from Kathmandu

Annapurna Post (Nepali)
February 5, 2014: Kathmandu Government Information Available on Mobile

Gorkhapatra Online (Nepali)
February 5, 2014: Doctor’s Information Available on Mobile

Guthi Blog
February 4, 2014: Apps for a better Kathmandu

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