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. 

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.

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.

CIFAL KLRTC Training Course XXIII on 'Sustainable Urban Planning in the Asia Pacific Region"

This is a call for participation in the CIFAL Kuala Lumpur/KLRTC Training Centre XXIII on ”Sustainable Urban Planning” to be held from November 14 – November 16, 2011, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For more information on the last Sustainable Urban Planning Workshop, please see the KLRTC Update document on the left. The registration form and additional information is also available. The deadline for applications is Friday 18th November.

Press Release: UN-Habitat, CITYNET and Kuala Lumpur City Hall Host Training on Urban Planning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 23, 2013

Experts from UN-Habitat explore using spatial planning.
Experts from UN-Habitat and CITYNET members explore spatial planning

Over thirty urban decision makers, among them city mayors, senior city managers and urban planners from 11 Asian and Pacific countries including Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines and Sri Lanka gathered in Kuala Lumpur from September 23rd to 26th for the “Integrated Urban Planning in the Asia Pacific Region” training course. The Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Center (KLRTC), also known as CIFAL KL (The International Training Centre for Local Authorities Kuala Lumpur), in partnership with CITYNET and UN-Habitat, hosted the event. Participants focused on learning about innovative tools for sustainable urban planning to bring to their respective cities, towns and municipalities.

Facilitators introduce the fundamentals of sustainable urban planning in rapidly developing contexts
Facilitators introduce sustainable urban planning in rapidly developing contexts

The training was organized by Kuala Lumpur City Hall, The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements (CITYNET) and the United Nations Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). Throughout the program, city leaders and decision makers became familiar with the links between Urban Planning and issues such as Urban Infrastructure, Urban informality, Safer Cities and Urban Patterns for a Green Economy. The participants also had the opportunity to attend the 5th International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities, this year themed “Livable Cities are Creative and Competitive Cities”, and visit new urban developments in Kuala Lumpur. In addition, UN-Habitat presented its Urban Planning for City Leaders guide sponsored by Siemens to an Asian audience.

This was the first of a number of training events that will be co-organized by UN-Habitat to promote Urban Planning tools for Sustainable Urban Development.

For information, contact Toby Roycroft at programs1[at]citynet-ap.org.

2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress: Highlights and Outcomes

CITYNET Seoul General Council
CITYNET wrapped up the 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress on November 6, 2013, bringing together over 30 mayors, 20 multi-lateral organizations, and 300 people from 75 cities to collaborate on the most pressing urban development issues facing the Asia Pacific region.

There were many highlights during the Congress, including the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), discussions exploring the theme of “Innovative Solutions for People-Friendly Cities”, and presentations on best practices to make cities more sustainable and resilient.

To see some of these moments, you can:

  • See photos of last week on our Flickr page
  • Download presentations and best practices
  • Read about the Congress in the news
  • Check our YouTube page for videos (coming soon!)
  • If you weren’t able to make it last week, please know that we welcome further collaboration, conversations, and partnerships as the Seoul Secretariat builds on the momentum of the Congress to create effective urban change in 2014.

Press Release: CITYNET Brings 300 Officials to Seoul

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                        FOR INFORMATION CONTACT
Monday, September 23, 2013                                                                                                Brenna Foster at +82 02 723 0635

2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress
CITYNET Brings Asia Pacific Mayors, NGOs
and Global Organizations to Seoul

This November CITYNET will bring hundreds of city mayors, civic leaders and international experts together for the 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress. Participants will delve into a wide range of topics including infrastructure management, disaster risk reduction, sustainable planning, air quality, and Seoul’s best practices.

What: 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress: Innovative Solutions for People-Friendly Cities
Who: 300 Mayors, City Officials and Urban Development Stakeholders
When: Monday, November 3rd – Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Where: Seoul Global Center and City Hall

CITYNET, with partners from the United Nations, the Korea Transport Institute, the Seoul Institute, and Clean Air Asia, will offer sessions, forums, and interactive programs to explore innovative ways to develop people-friendly cities in Asia. Congress participants will leave with a range of new urban development tools at their disposal, and strengthened connections to their counterparts across the region.

Attendance at this event is invitation-only. Interested parties may contact the CITYNET Secretariat for information on open sessions. For more information follow us on twitter @CITYNET_ORG, like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/citynetsecretariat/ or visit www.seoul2013.citynetcongress.org.

About CITYNET
For over 20 years, CITYNET (The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements) has committed itself to helping local governments improve the sustainability of human settlements. Starting with 26 members in 1987, CITYNET has grown to become an international organisation of more than 100 members in more than 20 countries, most of which are cities and local governments in the Asia-Pacific region. CITYNET relocated from Yokohama, Japan to Seoul, South Korea in early 2013.

Brenna Foster
Partner Development and Communication Officer
communication@citynet-ap.org
+82 2 723 0635
www.seoul2013.citynetcongress.org
www.citynet-ap.org
@CITYNET_ORG

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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

Press Release: Microsoft Joins 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                        FOR INFORMATION CONTACT
Tuesday, October 7, 2013                                                                                                Brenna Foster at +82 02 723 0635

 

2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress
CITYNET Partners with Microsoft CityNext
for People-First Innovation

CITYNET is proud to announce a new partnership with Microsoft CityNext at the 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress. Microsoft CityNext is a people-first approach to urban innovation that empowers government officials, businesses and citizens to shape the future of their city.

Broadening the smart city conversation beyond infrastructure to unlock the human potential within a city, CityNext harnesses technology, services and educational opportunities to help cities reimagine themselves and accomplish what’s next. The Microsoft CityNext team will share its program and opportunities for collaboration with hundreds of mayors, city officials and NGO leaders at the 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress.

What: 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress: Microsoft CityNext Session
Who: 300 Mayors, City Officials and Urban Development Stakeholders
When: Wednesday, November 6th, 2013, 11:30AM
Where: Seoul Global Center, 9F

Microsoft will join institutions and partners from the United Nations, Clean Air Asia, the Seoul Institute and many more multi-lateral institutions to present their best practices and experience for the Asia Pacific region. Congress participants will leave with a range of new urban development tools at their disposal and strengthened connections to their counterparts across the region.

Attendance at this event is invitation-only. Interested parties may contact the CITYNET Secretariat for information on open sessions. For more information, follow us on twitter @CITYNET_ORG, like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/citynetsecretariat/ or visit www.seoul2013.citynetcongress.org.

About CITYNET
For over 20 years, CITYNET (The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements) has committed itself to helping local governments improve the sustainability of human settlements. Starting with 26 members in 1987, CITYNET has grown to become an international organisation of 131 city and civil society members in more than 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. CITYNET relocated from Yokohama, Japan to Seoul, South Korea in early 2013.

 

Brenna Foster
Partner Development Officer
communication@citynet-ap.org
+82 2 723 0635
www.seoul2013.citynetcongress.org
www.citynet-ap.org

Jennifer Chen
Regional Marketing – Public Sector
jennchen@microsoft.com
+65 6888 8228
+65 9369 1839
www.microsoft.com/citynext

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