9th CityNet Congress: Parallel Sessions


TITLEShocks and the City: Sustainable Solutions to Overcome Interlinked Urban Crisis in Asia and Pacific
DATE & TIMEWednesday, 21 September 2022, 14:00-16:30
VENUETBD, Connexion Convention & Expo Center
SUMMARYThe centrality of adequate housing, greater social protection measures for the most vulnerable, more effective urban services and infrastructure including water, transport, energy along with the effective use of technology and digital solutions, and the need to revisit urban planning and sustainable mobility to create greener and liveable cities has been brought to the forefront during the pandemic. Post pandemic, the repercussion of COVID-19 continues with many cities and countries in Asia-Pacific struggling to recover economically, with increasing food, energy, and economic insecurities.

This session will discuss and identify:

  • Status, trends, emerging issues, and interlinkages of implementing sustainable urban development in Asia-Pacific within the context of a sustainable urban recovery from multiple connected crises.
  • Urban policy solutions and instruments to address increasing uncertainty as well as actions to recover and develop sustainable cities and communities in Asia-Pacific by accelerating action among different actors, including through integrated spatial planning, municipal financing instruments, capacity building, urban data, innovation, and smart city technologies in the context of the next flagship report on Asia-Pacific cities and forthcoming 8th Asia-Pacific Urban Forum.
MODERATORMr. Omar Siddique
Sustainable Urban Development Section, Environment and Development Division, UNESCAP
  • Mr. Kesera Dahamsonda Senanayake
    Mayor of Kandy
  • Dato’ Johary bin Anuar
    Mayor of Subang Jaya
  • Ms. Arlene B. Arcillas
    Mayor of Santa Rosa
  • Dr. Tserendulam Shagdursuren
    Director General of Climate Change Department, Mongolian Ministry of Environment and Tourism



TITLEWorld Bank Group’s experience with Municipal Solid Waste Management engagements in Cities, and implications for Climate Change and Green Finance
DATE & TIMEWednesday, 21 September 2022, 14:00-16:30
VENUETBD, Connexion Convention & Expo Center
ORGANIZERSIndependent Evaluation Group (World Bank), CityNet
SUMMARYThe parallel session with feature a presentation on the IEG, World Bank Group’s recent evaluation “Towards a Circular Economy: An Evaluation of the World Bank Group’s Support for Municipal Solid Waste Management, 2011-2021).  The panelists will discuss implications for cities in the Asia-Pacific region, including climate change and the case for green finance.
MODERATORMs. Mary Jane Ortega
Special Adviser of CityNet
  • Ms. Bernadine Rose Senanayake
    Mayor of Colombo
  • Mr. Chiri Babu Maharjan
    Mayor of Lalitpur (TBD)
  • Mr. Michael Victor Nepomuceno Alimurung
    City Administrator of Quezon City



TITLEUrban development cooperation between Asia-Pacific and Europe: Towards sustainable cities
DATE & TIMEWednesday, 21 September 2022, 14:00-16:30
VENUETBD, Connexion Convention & Expo Center
ORGANIZERSInternational Urban and Regional Cooperation (European Union), CityNet
SUMMARYIn Asia-Australasia, 86 cities are working with European pairs to develop action plans and concrete pilot actions on the ground. International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC) Asia-Australasia is playing a crucial role in supporting the implementation of Urban Cooperation Action Plans (U-CAPs) with these cities that have formulated 43 pairings to date.

This session would reflect on the first round of exchanges implemented by the IURC cities funded by the European Union. Common challenges and joint solutions in the areas of urban development cooperation, circular economy, nature-based solutions, green mobility, urban food cooperation and smart city would be at the centre of discussions. City leaders and experts would reflect on their experiences and current plans to achieve tangible results for the cities. Interaction with the attendants would be sought through Slido, Mentimeter or other tools.

MODERATORMs. Jacqueline Chang
Malaysia Country Coordinator, IURC
  • Mr. Gin Gin Ginanjar
    Head of Food Security and Agriculture Department, Bandung City
  • Mr. Jos Streng
    Senior Policy Advisor and Developer, City of Rotterdam
  • Mr. Hyeong-kyun Kim
    President, Busan Technopark
  • Dr. Azmizam Abdul Rashid
    Deputy CEO of Urbanice Malaysia
  • Mr. Marino Cavallo
    Head of Research, Innovation & EU Projects, Metropolitan City of Bologna
  • Mrs. Marisa Moreira
    Local Markets and Local Products Expert, Economy, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Department, Famalicão City Council

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