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.

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.

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.

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.

Project on SWM in Phnom Penh (PURSUE C2C)

Institutional strengthening and capacity building of participating cities and local authorities on school-community engagements and cooperation in the field of solid waste reduction and 3Rs in Phnom Penh using the experiences of San Fernando and Makati; Effective use of C2C cooperation as a significant tool for sustainable urban development by providing continuous and professional learning between resource and beneficiary cities;
Exchanges between Phnom Penh, Makati, and San Fernando on building and strengthening community participation in solid waste management focusing on recyclable wastes diversion; and Potential of Phnom Penh to implement decentralised and self-reliant 3R activities, especially on composting system through the construction of the composting plants that will benefit all the stakeholders involved.

A Technical Advisory Services (TAS) study visit has been conducted on May 18-22, 2009 where SWM experts from Makati and San Fernando visited Phnom Penh to observe Phnom Penh’s current environmental situation and to share sound practices on solid waste reduction.

The TAS has paved the way for Phnom Penh to gain new strategies on promoting solid waste reduction at the community level.

Phnom Penh to come up with demonstration projects on solid waste reduction taking into consideration on the evaluation and recommendations from the SWM experts

1st CITYNET Youth Workshop

An international exchange programme with Singapore National University and universities in Yokohama and Tokyo. 28 students from Singapore National University (SNU) visit Japan in their module “TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS OF TOMORROW” for 10 days programme. CITYNET and Amity Yokohama will organiese the session to have a discussion between SNU students and Japanese residents about transportation system.

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