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.

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: 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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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

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

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.

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

2013 CITYNET Young Professionals Congress

DSC_0520CITYNET proudly staged the first CITYNET Young Professionals Congress on Saturday, October 12 at the Seoul Global Center. The CITYNET Young Professionals (CYP), a voluntary body of students and recent graduates committed to urban sustainability, have spent the last three months harnessing the CITYNET network to conduct innovative research on: Multicultural Education Policy, Young North Korean Refugees, Green Solid Waste Management, and Transport Oriented Development. With an Expert Panel including representatives from The Asia Foundation, The Korea Transport Institute, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul National University and Mulmangcho School, the Congress gave CYP members an opportunity to showcase their findings, receive constructive feedback from industry leaders and engage in lively discussion. The research team deemed by the Expert Panel to have banded together to produce the most robust, original and relevant paper and presentation, will receive the CYP 2013 Award at the CYP program’s official launch during the CITYNET Seoul Congress 2013 in November.

As the importance of engaging today’s youth (and tomorrow’s city leaders) in the challenges facing cities is only set to inch up the political agenda, CITYNET is looking forward to working with the inaugural CYP members to increase the membership, activities and geographic spread of this program in 2014.

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.

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.

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