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)gpnm.org for more information.

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)citynet-ap.org. 

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.

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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

CITYNET 25th Anniversary Celebration

Join us in celebrating CITYNET’s 25th Anniversary!

CITYNET has uploaded its Anniversary Videos as well as messages from our members and partners onto our official Youtube channel. We encourage all members and subscribers to view them and continue celebrating this milestone year in their respective localities.

CITYNET 25th Anniversary Video

Please visit CITYNETvideo channel of Youtube for other celebration videos.

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The World Cities Summit 2012

The World Cities Summit (WCS) is the global platform for government leaders and industry experts to address liveable and sustainable city challenges, share integrated urban solutions and forge partnerships. Under the theme, Liveable and Sustainable Cities ?¢æ¡° Integrated Urban Solutions, the World Cities Summit 2012 will explore how cities can build resilience and improve their quality of life and environment by adopting integrated solutions to increasingly complex challenges. Strategically sited in the Asia Pacific region where many cities are experiencing unprecedented growth, Singapore is the ideal host for this Summit. After the success of the first two Summits, World Cities Summit 2012 is expected to attract more than 3,000 government leaders, policy makers and industry experts from around the world.

To find out more information, please visit the World Cities Summit website here. The Summit will take place between 1 – 4 July 2012.

Making IT Infrastructure Available: A Stand Alone E-learning Solution for Tansen Municipality

In September 2013, CITYNET will kick off a project in Tansen, Nepal that will provide an opportunity to students of two public schools to access internet and information technology.

The “Making IT Infrastructure Available to Peripheral Urban Areas as a Means of Enhancing Learning and Facilitating Development: A Stand Alone, Low Cost and Low Power E-learning Solution for Tansen Municipality” will upgrade the learning facilities in Shree Saraswoti Secondary School and Shree Laxmi Higher Secondary School by providing them with an IT solution that will make access to offline learning materials possible.

This project will provide:

  • Raspberry Pi Computers
  • Linux Operating System
  • Low-Cost Tablet Computers
  • Low-Power LCD Monitors

The setup for a single school will consist of one to two servers as well as a number of tablets. The exact number and type of tablet will be largely based on available funding and the evaluation of specific user needs in the early stages of the project.

The project will use the e-learning content developed by OLE Nepal (Open Learning Exchange Nepal). OLE Nepal has developed E-Pustakalaya, an education-focused digital library containing full-text documents, books, images, videos, audio files, and interactive educational software. This content is available over the internet, but for schools without internet connection as in the case of the two public schools, the content can also be accessed from a local server.

Check back for more updates soon and for further information, email info(at)citynet-ap.org.

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.

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.

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

City-to-City Cooperation for Decentralised Sewerage Treatment using Eco-tanks

In support of the 2008 International Year of Sanitation, CITYNET and UNITAR with support from the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation collaborated to conduct a C2C cooperation project aimed at reducing water pollution from domestic sources and raising awareness on sanitation issues using the technology and advantages of Eco-tanks. Moreover, the project helps promote partnership between local governments and community towards better sanitation improvement.

An Eco Tank is an innovative small-scale sewerage treatment system composed of a disposal tank that receives and purifies wastewater before discharging it into the environment. The compact, ready-made septic tank works independently and without power supply using anaerobic bacteria to bio-chemically transform wastewater into a safe, non-contaminated effluent. It is capable of treating all kinds of wastewater from buildings, including toilets, sinks and kitchen as well as treating sewage of up to 750 persons a day. It can also be used to treat organic waste and turn it into compost.

An Eco-tank is a modification of the (purification tank) used in Yokohama City, Japan. CITYNET facilitated the transfer of the technology from Yokohama to Bangkok, Thailand a few years ago. Subsequently, an expert from Bangkok modified the system to adapt to local needs. With the success of Eco Tank, CITYNET initiated City-to-City (C2C) cooperation between Bangkok City and Hue City, Vietnam in 2007 to apply the technology.

Specifically, the project aims to:

Reduce water pollution from domestic sources in the selected cities
Raise public awareness on sanitation issues and about the advantages of Eco-tanks, and to train people on the proper usage of Eco-tanks
Increase community participation in solving environmental problems

During the Call for Participation, eight cities have expressed their interest to apply as beneficiary city of the project. Based on their submitted application, all cities have expressed their commitment to provide the required the necessary data for the project, delegate human resources to learn about the usage of Eco Tanks, allocate resources to organise awareness raising and information sessions, prepare necessary documentations, and participate in events to report the results of the project. Thus, the focus of selecting the beneficiary cities was on the needs of the cities to access such service. Negombo was chosen because of the absence of sewerage system in the city. On the other hand, Palembang was chosen because out of the total city area (400.61 sq. km), only 1% was covered by sewerage network. San Fernando was chosen as a third beneficiary city as it expressed the need and met the necessary requirements.

Publications

An English Leaflet introducing eco-tanks has been produced by CITYNET to promote decentralised sewerage treatment and city-to-city cooperation for distribution to local governments and partners to introduce the concept on eco-sanitation. Since the core objective of the project is to reduce water pollution from domestic sources in the beneficiary cities, the leaflets would be translated into local languages by the cities so that residents would have a better understand and knowledge of the advantages of using the system. The leaflet also aims to raise awareness on sanitation issues and the advantages of eco- tanks to involve community participation in solving environmental problems.

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