Call for CityNet Services 2017 Now Open

CityNet is encouraging its member-cities to submit applications for CityNet Services, one of the most sought after regular programs.

CityNet Services is a platform where members conduct sustainable learning exchanges across the network. It can be in the form of technical assistance, study visits, and/or city-to-city partnerships.

CityNet members who have enrolled in CityNet Services are able to support their ongoing local development interventions while learning from other peers and improving their technical capacities.

For example, Sidoarjo Regency visited Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center on September 23, 2016 to look into the Center’s best practices in health care and hospital management. Since then, the two cities had signed a cooperation agreement on improving the local health service delivery in Sidoarjo through technical cooperation. Among the first concrete steps is fellowship program where Sidoarjo’s medical doctors will visit Seoul City.

For further information on how to apply for CityNet Services, you may email the CityNet Secretariat at programs2@citynet-ap.org. You may also visit the CityNet website at http://citynet-ap.org/category/programs/citynet-services/

 

Habitat III and the role of the New Urban Agenda for Asian Cities

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From October 17-20, 2016, UN-Habitat held its most anticipated flagship conference for the 3rd time: Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador. This conference is celebrated every 20 years to define the way urbanization should be guided. These recommendations are defined in the New Urban Agenda that was adopted at the end of the ceremony which brings two years of consultations and negotiations among all kinds of urban stakeholders to conclusion. Being one of the most rapidly urbanized regions, Asia will be greatly affected in the next years, and the New Urban Agenda will have an impact on this.

Some of the key issues included in the New Urban Agenda are promoting a stronger role of local governments in urban development, a progressive view of equity and rights, and using urban planning to promote urban sustainable development that includes social, environmental, and financial elements. These are all areas in which CityNet has been active in different ways by reinforcing the capacities of cities and local governments from various different corners and stages of development in Asia.

Due to its broad and active work with cities, CityNet was invited to actively participate in several events during Habitat III. Represented by Mr. Sayel Cortes, CityNet role in Habitat III started with facilitating a pre-event on October 16, organized by UN-Habitat on “New Settlements and Host Communities: Planning for Sustainable Integration of Refugees” where relevant topics on forced migration, internal displacements, and other issues were addressed by experts from Africa and Asia mainly.

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It was then followed by a presentation on the benefits of the Urban SDG Knowledge Platform at the networking event “Why Seoul? Inclusive and Transparent City Development: Sharing Seoul’s Policies and Best Practices” organized by Seoul Metropolitan Government and UNDP on October 18. This was an important opportunity to promote the online knowledge platform, that UN-ESCAP, Seoul Metropolitan Government and CityNet are currently developing, which will be launched in Bangkok on November 30.

CityNet also participated as panelist in two sessions: “City Diplomacy: Connecting Global Cities Strategically” on October 19, which is part of a multidisciplinary research effort to understand how city networks work and how they can work better; and “Housing for All: An Indian Perspective” that gave a few examples of the policies India is doing to reduce informal settlements, where CityNet shared the result of the Affordable Housing workshop held in March this year.

Finally CityNet had the opportunity to facilitate a three-hour training session on “Urban Planning for City Leaders” where UN-Habitat experts on urban design, law, and finance explained how these three factors come together to plan a city. In addition, Habitat III provided a space for CityNet to meet new and old partners, as well as a few members to advance conversations that CityNet has been advocating particularly the Safer Cities Program and CityNet’s participation in the World Urban Campaign.

In conclusion, Habitat III has marked a historical moment for cities. With this new chapter starting, the challenges to implement the New Urban Agenda, including the specific actions, metrics, or mechanisms that are needed, are here. Asian cities will definitely be a global reference in this process, and CityNet is here to support them.

17th IUAPPA World Clean Air Congress and 9th CAA Better Air Quality Conference: Clean Air for Cities – Perspectives and Solutions, Busan, Republic of Korea

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Many Asian cities are rapidly urbanizing and confronted with various urban challenges. One major challenge, which is interlinked with multiple sectors such as transport and urban energy generation is air pollution.

According to the World Health Organization, air pollution now accounts for more than 7 million premature deaths globally each year. Given the magnitude of the health impacts, there is a pressing call for action by the international community. Solutions to air pollution are particularly important at the city level, where the impacts are directly felt and where the main sources of pollution are often found. Seven out of ten cities in developing Asian countries have unhealthy levels of air pollution (CAA, 2016). As the share of urban population is projected to increase in almost all countries in Asia an integrated air quality management approach is necessary to address the challenges linked to air pollution.

Recognizing the scale and urgency of the issue, the two international air-quality meetings – the 17th World Clean Air Congress (WCAC) and the 9th Better Air Quality Conference (BAQ) – were jointly held from 29 August to 2 September in Busan, Korea. The event’s theme was “Clean Air for Cities – Perspectives and Solutions”. Upon Invitation by Clean Air Asia (CAA), CityNet Program Officer Felix Kalkowsky attended the event and participated in CAA’s advisory group meeting on clean air certification as well as in the third advisory group meeting for the Integrated Programme for Better Air Quality in Asia.

Furthermore, Felix Kalkowsky delivered a presentation on good examples of city-to-city cooperation and CityNet Services at the pre-event Mainstreaming Air Quality in Urban Development through South-South Twinning. The event served as a workshop for Asian Development Bank’s Technical Assistance (TA) 8751 “Mainstreaming Air Quality in Urban Development through South-South Twinning” that aims to address challenges of air quality management (AQM) in Asian cities by promoting long term-planning and identifying strategies for South-South twinning to facilitate sharing and learning of good urban AQM practices in Asia. Representatives from NGOs and governments from China and India participated in the session, which brought cities together to share their current AQM challenges, needs, and good practices.

The interactive networking workshop Fostering City-to-City Cooperation, organized by United States Environment Protection Agency (US EPA) and chaired by CAA and C40 Cities, enabled participants to share experience in developing successful partnerships and to identify key areas for future cooperation with a particular focus on how cities can best meet both air quality and climate change objectives.

Together with representatives from international organizations, local governments such as Malang (Indonesia), Santa Rosa (Philippines), Peshawar (Pakistan) and CityNet members Kathmandu (Nepal), Cebu and Baguio (Philippines), Felix Kalkowsky discussed challenges and solutions in regard AQM. City-to-city cooperation encourages cities to take collective actions and is part of CityNet’s core activities – particularly throughout the recently re-launched programme CityNet Services.

The 2nd Asian Women’s Network Forum “Building Inclusive and Safer Cities for Women”

On September 1st 2016, Seoul Foundation of Women and Family with the support of Seoul Metropolitan Government, CityNet, and Huairou Commission conducted The 2nd Asian Women’s Network Forum in Seoul Women’s Plaza, Seoul, Republic of Korea. The forum serves as a platform of urban policy makers in Asia, community activists, NGO practitioners, academics and experts could discuss the different range of issues in Asia.  ‘Building Inclusive and safer cities for women’ was chosen as the big theme of this year’s forum with the aim to bring the discussion of safe and inclusive cities for different groups of women.

The forum was divided into two sessions that cover two major topics including ‘Building a city safe from disasters’ for the morning session and ‘Building a city safe from violence’ for the afternoon sessions. Academics, experts, and researchers from different backgrounds and institutions were present to provide knowledge and insights on each topic. The forum was opened by the Opening Remarks from K.H. Angela Kang, the President of Seoul Foundation of Women and Family and followed by the Welcoming Remarks from Yang Sook Park, the Chairperson of Health & Welfare Committee, Seoul Metropolitan Council.
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Different case studies and practices related to the topic of safe cities and disasters in the context of Asian countries such as Japan, The Philippines, and South Korea were presented to the forum during the morning session. Among the list of speakers, Umetani Junko (Special Adviser to the Hyogo Governor for Regional Revitalization & Women’s Empowerment), Corazon Juliano-Soliman, Former Secretary of Department of Social Welfare and Development of the Philippines, and Sayel Cortes (Safer Cities Program Coordinator of CityNet) provided the specific cases on the current practice and engagement of building inclusive and safer cities from disaster and violence particularly for women as the target group of the programs. The session was chaired by Sri Husnaini Sofjan, the Senior Program Strategist of Huairou Commission.

As the representative of CityNet as a supporting organization, Mr. Cortes provided a presentation of the current efforts from CityNet in building safer and inclusive cities for all of their habitants. Mr. Cortes also touched specifically the importance of women within the big picture of the issue, particularly in relation to the Role of Safer Cities for Women in the New Urban Agenda. In addition, Mr. Cortes also presented the work and collaboration between CityNet, Seoul Metropolitan Government, and the UN-Habitat on Safer Cities Program.

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Following the first session, the Mayor of Seoul, Won Soon Park was also present and giving the Keynote address entitled “Building Inclusive and Safer Cities for Women” before the start of the second session.  The Mayor began by saying, ‘Women are living more safely, but we have a long way to go.’ Mr. Park referred to the recent murder of a woman near Gangnam station and the outpouring of emotions and notes in response to this tragedy, noting one message that stood out to him – ‘I don’t want to be afraid just because I’m a woman.’  Mr. Park stated that these acts of violence toward women must not only be recorded, but must also drive policy surrounding women’s safety, explaining that safety is directly related to gender equality.  He touched on the policies that have been implemented within Seoul via the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) campaign and other initiatives including: safe parcel delivery, more streetlamps, safe return home campaigns, and more.

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The second half of the forum focused on women’s safety from violence, with speakers Pamela Philipose (Board Member of Jagori) speaking about the internal response to the 2012 Delhi gang rape that received much international attention, Laura Perez (President of Metropolis Women International Network) speaking about the commitment of local level participants regarding violence in urban spaces, and Norliza Abdullah (Director of Town Planning, Municipal Council of Seberang Perai) speaking from a case study perspective of what Seberang Perai has done to address violence against women.  The session was chaired by Eun Shil Kim, a professor of Ewha Womans University, and further comment and questions were made by Jong Soo Park (Director of Women’s Policy Division, Seoul Metropolitan Government) and Joy Da Hae (Project Manager of Improving Gender Equality and Safety for our Village, Seoul Women Association).

The forum was closed with the signing of the Recommendation of the 2nd Women’s Network Forum entitled ‘Building Inclusive and Safer Cities for Women’ to be further discussed during the October 2016 Habitat III conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, Ecuador.  The document proposes recommendations for local governments, local communities and citizens, and international networks and was created through the collaboration of:

K.H. Angela Kang, President of Seoul Foundation of Women and Family, Seoul, Korea

Kyu Sook Um, Assistant Mayor of Women and Family Affairs Office, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul, Korea

Umetani Junko, Special Adviser to the Hyogo Governor for Regional Revitalization and Women’s Empowerment, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

Corazon Juliano Soliman, Former Secretary of Department of Social Welfare and Development of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines

Pamela Philipose, Board Member of Jagori, Delhi, India

Laura Perez, President, Metropolis Women International Network

Sayel Cortes, Safer Cities Program Coordinator, CityNet

Sri Husnaini Sofjan, Senior Program Strategist, Huairou Commission

 

 

 

CityNet Services

Call for CityNet Services 2017 Now Open

CityNet is accepting applications for CityNet Services, one of CityNet’s most sought after regular programs.

CityNet Services is a comprehensive platform where members conduct sustainable learning exchanges across the network. This ranges from technical assistance, study visits, to city-to-city partnerships:

  • Technical Assistance: CityNet Services identifies resource persons from among its pool of experts and partner institutions and sends them to your local government for direct technical advice. Technical experts from other CityNet members like Seoul Metropolitan Government and Yokohama City can extend their advisory services as well. Outputs may include short-term project supervision, feasibility studies, appraisals, or reports;
  • Study Visits: CityNet Services coordinates and facilitates learning exchanges to different cities and organizations where members engage in face-to-face interaction and simulate different tools;
  • City-to-City Partnerships: Citynet Services enables its members to jumpstart proactive engagement in strengthening sister city relations and South-South cooperation.

CityNet Services is open to all CityNet members that may wish to support their ongoing development interventions on specific urban challenges with the goal of coming closer to their solutions.

With CityNet Services, CityNet members will:

• Kick-start critical and inspiring conversations;
• Receive direct and impartial advice from industry experts;
• Discover innovative solutions within the proper context;
• Identify bottlenecks and develop critical local action plans and monitoring system;
• Improve technical capacities for their human resources;
• Foster international cooperation and develop their own global city brand;
• Develop mentoring opportunities and strengthen South-to-South cooperation among Citynet members.

 

Application Process

1. Applicants submit their application form online (http://citynet-ap.org/category/programs/citynet-services/) which will help them articulate their specific problem statements and solicit appropriate responses. The application is done on a per organization basis. Provide an official letter of endorsement as an attachment. After the online submission, send an email programs2@citynet-ap.org for notification; 

2. The CityNet Secretariat will acknowledge and consolidate the application form;

3. A group of technical experts will reexamine the consolidated form and verify whether the request matches with particular CityNet Services provider. Some guide questions in consideration for the expert to evaluate the requests include:

  • What is the size of the problem being addressed?
  • What is the urgency of the problem?
  • Is there a logical and viable solution which produces the desired results?
  • Is the right team/service available to help?
  • How significant will be the impact of the CityNet Services to the applicant members and to their cities at large?
  • Can the impact be quantified, measured, and evaluated?

4. CityNet Secretariat will communicate with the successful applicant city members to co-develop the program concept, finalize the agreement of cooperation, and finalize the activity schedules.

 

For more information on CityNet Services, contact

Jaime Paulo Mora
Program Officer
programs2@citynet-ap.org
CityNet Secretariat
Seoul Global Center 10F
38 Jongno, Jongo-gu, Seoul, Korea
+82-2-723-0632

CityNet Services Brochure               Application                  Letter of Endorsement

Global Network on Safer Cities in the Asia Pacific Region

Safer Cities Knowledge Exchange Seminar
As part of the UN-Habitat’s Safer Cities Programme, UN-Habitat, Seoul Metropolitan Government and CityNet jointly organized the Knowledge Exchange Seminar on Urban Safety for Asian Cities in Seoul from November17-19. This seminar has become a platform to introduce the Global Network on Safer Cities launched in 2012.

More information here.

To read the full report about this seminar click here

Safer Cities Programme
CityNet is working with UN-Habitat’s Safer Cities Programme in conjunction with Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) to improve urban safety in Asian cities. In June 2015 a delegation from UN-Habitat headquarters visited Seoul to strengthen the existing cooperation between SMG, CityNet and UN-Habitat. The Communique on Safer Cities in Asia summarizes the efforts of the joint approach. Seoul has successfully implemented strategies and best practice projects related to urban safety which will be shared as a first step to promote cooperation in this field among CityNet members. The Safer Cities Knowledge Exchange Seminar for Asian Cities will help accelerating progress in the development of the safer cities approach in the Asia Pacific Region.

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2. Background: urban safety through local government capacity building
3. Further information
4. Contact points


Safer Cities Knowledge Exchange Seminar for Asian Cities

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CityNet is collaborating with Seoul Metropolitan Government and UN-Habitat to organize the first Safer Cities Knowledge Exchange Seminar for Asian Cities to be held at the end of 2015 in Seoul, South Korea.

This seminar is the first step for Asian cities towards the development of norms and standards for crime prevention and urban safety for local governments in Asia. It will provide an excellent opportunity for chief technical officials in city planning and management to cooperate and exchange knowledge in urban safety. It is also an opportunity for city officials to engage with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and other regional stakeholders in the development and implementation of the UN Guidelines on Safer Cities.

This seminar aims to prepare participants for enhanced policy planning, decision making and practical implementation in preventing and reducing crime and violence situations. It aims to:

  • Deepen participants’ understanding of the salient and interlinked challenges of safety/security and urban development in today’s complex urban environment, within a framework of human and state security; and in particular:
  • Introduce the safer cities approach and tools;
  • Showcase the use of one of the safer cities tools: the city safety audit tool using mobile technology – the safetipin tool
  • Further discuss modalities for development of safer cities guidelines and accompanying training/curriculum development on urban safety and implementation for local authorities;
  • Establish a broad regional framework of action for the creation of safer cities in Asia

The seminar seeks to:

  • Examine crime and violence in urban settings globally and relate it to the regional context.
  • Identify the main challenges and critically analyze their causes and consequences.
  • Evaluate existing responses and articulate alternative and more effective ones for the region.
  • Provide an open regional exchange towards developing regional guidelines and handbook on safer cities.

Background: urban safety through local government capacity building

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For the last decade, the UN-HABITAT Safer Cities Programme has been spearheading urban crime prevention approaches in cities in Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. It has developed crime prevention activities at the local, regional and global level, proposing adapted responses in the different local contexts, and providing an important learning opportunity for the international community and the various cities themselves.

Historically, the Asia Pacific Region has always been considered as the world’s safest region, with its globally lowest reported crime rates. Recent evidences and preliminary needs assessments, however, suggest that lack of safety is indeed emerging as a priority issue in some cities of the region.

While it is the prevailing assumption that poverty leads to crime, it is important to note that the poor are more exposed and adversely impacted by crime and the fear of insecurity. The lack of income and productive assets means that the poor cannot afford protection, such as physically secure housing. The poor tend to live and work in less serviced locations, where, for example, street lighting is minimal. The lack of voice means that the poor get less effective services from the police or other authorities. At the same time, crime and the fear of insecurity erode the poor’s human, social, physical and natural capital, making it harder to escape poverty. Even a relatively minor crime can have devastating impacts on the poor’s livelihood.

Traditionally, national governments and the justice systems have been responsible for responding to crime and insecurity. Now, it is widely recognized that they alone are often ill-equipped to respond to localized problems of safety, particularly when it concerns the poor. Their contribution is crucial in repression and in addressing organized and larger crimes. Given their limited resources, they cannot, however, be expected to deal with crime prevention, or to tackle causes of local crime and inter-personal violence.

Alternative strategies that complement traditional criminal justice responses, stress the critical role local governments can play. Undoubtedly, local governments are in the best position to understand the unique dynamics of the communities they serve; and hence, are well suited to initiate local programs that address urban safety with and for the community.

Despite their crucial role, however, there are currently three major bottlenecks hindering local governments:

  • Unavailability of consolidated regional knowledge, tools, and networks on urban safety for all citizens
  • Limited understanding of urban local governments’ critical role in improving urban safety with and for all citizens, particularly the poor
  • Limited practical skills/experiences in implementing urban safety programs with and for all citizens, particularly the poor

Based on the above, the joint collaboration between UN-Habitat Safer Cities Programme, CityNet, UCLG-ASPAC and the Seoul Metropolitan Government is proposed to assist urban local governments and their partners in initiating effective urban safety programs with and for all citizens through the following three-pronged strategy:

  • Development of a consolidated regional knowledge base, network, and toolkit on urban safety for all, tailored to local governments and their partners
  • Sensitization and advocacy on the local governments’ critical role in improving urban safety for the poor
  • Development of hands-on, practical skills to implement effective urban safety programs with and for all citizens, particularly the poor

The Safer Cities Knowledge Exchange Seminar for Asian Cities is the first step into facing the challenge of safer cities through urban crime prevention in Asia. Join us!


Further information

 


Contact Points

CityNet, Sayel Cortes partnerdev@citynet-ap.org
UN-Habitat, Juma Assiago safer.cities@unhabitat.org

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

Recap: KLRTC 26 International Conference on Green Purchasing

18-21 September 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The fourth International Conference on Green Purchasing convened over 300 policy makers, procurement officers, government officials, private enterprises and researchers to discuss the requisite conditions for successful green purchasing. The opening day offered governments with advanced green procurement practices (including Japan, China and Korea), United Nations agencies, plus commercial businesses and retail companies from Malaysia the opportunity to showcase their green procurement success stories and discuss means of propelling new sustainable procurement techniques. Expert panels drawing on public and private procurement professionals and green technology providers discussed ways of integrating green productivity best practices into government departments and across the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors.

The second day complemented these more policy-based dialogues with a program of technical presentations from environmental agencies, sustainability specialists and technology service firms on eco-design, eco-labeling and resource productivity. A panel involving a spectrum of International Green Purchasing Network members, technical cooperation agencies and city associations discussed the potential of efficient spending and investments to kick-start emergent markets in green technology, green productivity and eco-friendly produce.

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Green procurement and safety experts convene for the 4th International Conference on Green Purchasing.

With reference to a number of Malaysian case studies, the third day drew on local emergency services and relevant line ministries to explain the fundamentals of emergency plans and fire safety strategies in shopping complexes and high-rise buildings. Continuing this commercial perspective, waste management experts then illustrated the role of recycling as a mechanism for maximizing resource use efficiency, productivity and profitability.  The closing panel discussion drew on representatives from CITYNET, ICLEI and UCLG ASPAC to discuss the enabling role of city-to-city and business-to-city cooperation in creating safe and green cities.

The conference concluded with a half-day seminar on garbage separation and recycling by the Thai waste management company Wongpanit. CEO Dr. Somathai Wongcharoen illustrated the financial and environmental virtues of the reduce, reuse, recycle philosophy and, through live demonstrations, illustrated Wongpanit’s collection, separation and value addition methodology – a practice now franchised to over 400 branches across Thailand, Laos, China, Malaysia and India.

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Dr. Somathai Wongcharoen demonstrates the commercial case for recycling model

CITYNET, the Green Purchasing Network Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur City Hall will continue the momentum garnered by this International Conference by holding a two day seminar on “Increasing Corporate Profitability and Sustainability through Safety and the 3Rs” at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Center from December 5-6 2013.