KLRTC 31 – Workshop on Public Spaces: Creating Safe, Inclusive, and Accessible Public Spaces for All

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“Workshop on Public Spaces: Creating Safe, Inclusive, and Accessible Public Spaces for All” will be held in Kuala Lumpur on August 2-4, 2016.

Organized by CityNet, UN-Habitat and Kuala Lumpur City Hall, this workshop will inform city leaders the importance of public spaces and why should they ensure quality public spaces in their cities for healthy urban life and sustainable urban development.

CityNet members must register by Wednesday, June 29th to be in the first round of sponsorship selection.

Registration is now open at http://goo.gl/forms/ANivMIVGmA911vPr1 

Find more information here or contact Sayel Cortes at partnerdev@citynet-ap.org

International Forum on Urban Policy for the Sustainable Development Goals

Organized by Seoul Metropolitan Government, UNESCAP and CityNet


 CityNet, Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG), and UNESCAP will host the first International Forum on Urban Policy for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on June 8th-10th in Seoul, South Korea.

This year marked the official launch of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all 193 member countries of the United Nations, in which cities will play a critical role as a great deal of actions required will be taken at the local level. Therefore, this forum will seek to engage a broad base of urban stakeholders, namely national and city governments, specialized institutions, non-governmental organizations, international organizations and networks.

This forum will discuss how to facilitate and support cities in achieving the SDGs, particularly Goal 11, and will identify practical approaches and programs for sharing policy experiences, best practices, and innovative technologies and financing mechanisms among urban stakeholders.

Alongside this pioneering forum, CityNet, with the support of SMG and UNESCAP, will launch a special edition of its bi-annual magazine, CityVoices, which compiles innovative solutions to specific, city-level problems focusing on the Asian Perspectives of Sustainable Urbanization, inspired by the multi-dimensional urban challenges facing the Asia Pacific region that are different from the models and paradigms of cities across Europe and the United States. Twenty-four urban practitioners demonstrate that every challenge can potentially lead to locally customized solutions, which can then serve as useful case studies for other cities.

CityNet will organize an exclusive preview of the selected cases from this special publication  which will be delivered by former Vice Mayor of Seoul, Mr. Sangbum Kim; Mayor of Seberang Perai, Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif; former Mayor of San Fernando La Union, Ms. Mary Jane Ortega; and UNESCAP’s Director of Environment and Development  Division, Mr. Stefanos Fotiou, among others.

In addition, CityNet will facilitate a session on Safer Cities that is aligned with the work of the Regional Network for Safer Cities, chaired by the SMG. Experts in the area of urban safety and cities representatives will present challenges, potential benefits, and selection of best practices in safety include the representative from UN-Habitat, Mr. Juma Assiago; Ms. Mary Jane Ortega, CityNet’s Special Advisor; Seoul City’s Deputy Director of Design Policy Division, Ms. Kang Hyojin; the Mayor of Bharatpur, Mr. Mahesh Baral; and Ms. Piyanud Siri from Bangkok’s City Planning Department.

This forum will also introduce the Urban SDG Knowledge Sharing Platform as a hub for cities across the Asia Pacific region and beyond to share experiences and best practices in response to the SDGs. Not only will it provide access to information and technical resources but also facilitate the replication of policies, initiatives and good practices through city-to-city cooperation.

All sessions delivered in the forum are expected to provide concrete examples to better address and evaluate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and provide recommendations for the effective operations and focus of the Knowledge Sharing Platform.

To read more about the program and register for the forum visit http://urbansdgplatform.org/seoulforum/.


Program at a Glance

Wednesday June 8th, 2016

Opening session

  • Introduction of the Forum
  • Opening Remarks and Seoul’s Vision for the SDGs
  • Welcome Remarks 1
  • Welcome Remarks 2
  • Keynote Speech: Urban Policy for the SDGs and the Significance of Urban Policy Sharing
  • Group Photo

Session 1

  • Sustainable urban development in Asia Pacific
  • The role of local governments for the 2030 Agenda for SD
  • Seoul’s initiatives for the SDG
  • Challenges of local governments in the implementation of the SDGs

Session 2

  • Sustainable Urban Infrastructure in Asia Pacific
  • Sustainable Urban Planning
  • Sustainable Transportation – The Case of Seoul
  • Sustainable Housing
  • Sustainable Water Management
  • Launch of Asian Perspectives on Sustainable Urbanization: Best Practices


Session 3 – Parallel Sessions

  • Asian Perspectives on Sustainable Urbanization: Best Practices
  • Social Economy
  • Cities Innovation
  • Financing

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Session 4

  • Summary of Plenary Sessions of Day 1
  • Parallel Sessions Reporting from Day 1

Session 5

  • Asia Pacific Governance for the Implementation of the SDGs
  • Singapore’s Strategy for SDGs Implementation
  • Seoul’s Plan of Implementation of the SDGs
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Systems for the SDGs

Session 6 – Parallel Sessions

  • Environment and climate change
  • E-government
  • Safer cities
  • Disaster reduction

Session 7

  • Presentation on the concept of the urban SDG knowledge platform
  • Regional cooperation for the SDGs
  • Strengthening inter-city cooperation and policy sharing
  • Discussions on priorities and modalities for the urban SDG knowledge platform

Closing session

  • Summary of plenary sessions of Day2
  • Parallel sessions reporting from Day2
  • Seoul Communique

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Field visit

  • Transportation
  • Environment
  • Waterworks


CityNet at the Preparatory Committee Meeting III

Are you attending the Preparatory Committee Meeting III (PrepCom 3) in Surabaya, Indonesia?

CityNet is organising a session on “Civic and Youth Participation in the Wired Age” partnering UN Habitat as part of the side event at Prepcom 3. The discussion focuses on initiatives that aim to make cities inclusive and sustainable with the use of digital technologies.

Date: 27 July 2016

Time: 1:30-2:30 pm

Venue: Room Crystal 1, Convention and Exhibition Hall Grand City Convex Surabaya

Panelists will present the following initiatives that enable to create people-centered projects with the use of smart technologies:

  • Microsoft and CityNet’s joint project CityApp is an excellent example of stakeholder engagement and crowdsource technical solutions (apps) for urban challenges, using the case of Sidoarjo’s winning app “M-Bonk” that has been launched for public use.
  • UN-Habitat and Mojang’s collaboration Block by Block uses Minecraft as a community participation tool in urban planning and design.
  • Pulse Lab Jakarta is a joint project of the UN through Global Pulse which is under the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General and the Government of Indonesia. Pulse Lab works with Jakarta city government’s Smart City Team.
  • Grab is Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing app, delivering on-demand mobility services.

In addition to this session, CityNet will showcase its activities at the exhibition booth together with one of its most active member cities, Sidoarjo Regency.

Contact Felix Kalkowsky at programs1@citynet-ap.org for more information and to confirm your participation. If you wish to find out more check here.

A Discussion on the Future of Cities – Our Next Generation’s Expectations

What do young citizens expect of their governments?

As part of the co-located events at World Cities Summit, CityNet and Microsoft organized a session to discuss the outcomes of a recent survey of young people’s expectations of their City Governments. Interesting insights emerge include current views of the challenges faced today, young peoples’ hope for the future and Cities that they admire.

Date: 11 July 2016

Time: 1245hrs-1400hrs

Venue: Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, Level 4, Simpor Junior 4813

City Mayors are invited to this forum that aims to provide opportunity for cross exchange of ideas and best practices allowing cities to collaborate on formulating their future agenda.

Speakers for this session include:

  1. Chang-Beom Kim, Ambassador for International Relations, Seoul Metropolitan Government
  2. Oswar Muadzin Mungkasa, Deputy Governor of Jakarta for Spatial Planning and Environment
  3. Michael Koh, Fellow at the Centre for Liveable Cities
  4. Mary Jane Ortega, former Mayor of San Fernando, La Union, Philippines; CityNet Special Advisor
  5. Stefan Sjoestroem, Vice President for Public Sector Asia, Microsoft

To participate in this session, please contact Stephani Widorini at media@citynet-ap.org

9th CityNet Disaster Cluster Seminar and Symposium

The 9th CityNet Disaster Cluster Seminar and Symposium will be hosted by and taking place in Taipei on September 22nd -24th. Invitations were sent mid-June to CityNet Disaster Cluster members and is extended to members’ officers in charge of Disaster Risk Reduction Management to join for a knowledge exchange and networking opportunity. The seminars include sessions and site visits related to Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM). There will be four thematic areas focused on disaster medicine, disaster preparedness, disaster reduction and disaster recovery.

To participate please fill out and submit a survey and registration form, along with the invitation letter, before July 22nd via e-mail to kendra@citynet-yh.org. Visit the CityNet Yokojama Office website for further details about the 9th CityNet Disaster Cluster Seminar and Symposium.

Seoul Waterworks Training with Arisu


Seoul, Republic of Korea

25-29 September 2017

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Target Participants
Decision Makers of Waterworks Policy & Water Experts of Organizations/Agencies

The training program will introduce water-related practitioners and decision-makers from across the Asia Pacific region to Seoul’s water system through technical site visits and talks. Participants will be able to experience some of Seoul’s best practices and have the opportunity to understand Seoul’s water monitoring system, revenue management structure, water quality analysis, water standards research, sewage treatment, water purification technologies and advanced water treatment methods.

Urban Lighting Workshop: Benefits of Sustainable Urban Lighting



Seoul, Republic of Korea


29-30 June 2017

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Target Participants

Up to 30 city officials (urban lighting decision-makers) from the Asia-Pacific region


Urban lighting, a crucial element of a city’s urban infrastructure, is an important public service that local authorities need to provide for their citizens. However in many cities, urban lighting is equipped with old and inefficient technologies. Streetlights represent one of the most cost-effective opportunities for energy savings and for reducing municipalities’ energy costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Well-planned urban lighting using new energy efficient technologies does not only reduce energy consumption costs and makes cities more sustainable, it is also a tool to improve the quality of life in cities.

Improving the lights in the city will have substantial co-benefits even if they can be hard to economically quantify. In addition to improving visibility on roads and increasing perception of safety and security in the city at night, good urban lighting supports local economic development. Through a better design of public spaces, through city branding, lighting will make the city more attractive for tourists and residents; it will help create an identity for the city. Light also has major positive impacts on health & wellbeing, social cohesion and cultural awareness.

Last but not least, urban lighting is rapidly and undeniably evolving into a smart city solutions carrier. The lighting grid can be a smart grid for future public services aimed at increasing the quality of city life. This is part of the digital transition cities worldwide are facing at the moment, and a new, integrated innovative approach towards urban lighting is badly needed with a broader field of different stakeholders.

The mega-city of Seoul, which has comprehensive urban lighting policy, strategy and actions plans to ensure sustainable urban lighting and which, in 2017, upgraded its lighting plan to include innovative energy-saving street lights with advanced IT and LED technology is the ideal city to host this workshop.

Learning Objectives

This workshop is a unique opportunity to meet and learn from urban lighting experts and engage in peer to peer knowledge, transfer and exchange of good practices and solutions. This will be enabled especially through group discussions and analysis, interactive work sessions, networking and site visits. The workshop is designed for up to 30 local government officials from Asian cities. Workshop participants will receive:

  • Understand the opportunities and benefits of sustainable, well-planned urban lighting
  • Get an overview of the implementation process towards renewed lighting
  • Get an idea of the role of urban lighting in smart city concepts and how to process the digital transition in lighting
  • Establish new partnerships, facilitate city-to-city cooperation and similar initiatives after the workshop


Seoul Metropolitan Government

Seoul is a dynamic and attractive mega-city with a population of 10 billion people that has a history of over 600 years as a capital city, cutting-edge information technology and a wonderful natural environment. For further information about Seoul Metropolitan Government, please visit http://english.seoul.go.kr/


Founded in Lyon 15 years ago, the LUCI network has been evolving as an international platform of inter-city exchange aiming to reinforce cities’ capacities for action and progressing together on the challenges of urban lighting. For further information about LUCI, please check out http://www.luciassociation.org/


City Net is the largest association of cities and urban stakeholders committed to sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.

Online Application Form for Participants

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please fill out the online application form before May 23, 2017. If you can’t access the online form, please download Offline Application Form and send it to programs1@citynet-ap.org.

Supporting Partners


Contact and further information

Felix Kalkowsky, programs1@citynet-ap.org

Nikita Junagade, luci@luciassociation.org

CityApp 2014: Innovative Solutions for Cities

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CITYNET and Microsoft invite government officials, urban planners, and software developers to join CityApp 2014: Innovative Solutions for Cities. This series of unique events brings together stakeholders from across the Asia Pacific region to examine common urban challenges and build technology-based solutions over a 3 day period.

The first CityApp Event was held in coordination with Kathmandu and Lalitpur city officials, and partner organizations in Nepal from March 13-15, 2014. CityApp identified the most pressing urban challenges confronting the Kathmandu valley region and local Kathmandu computer programmers, developers and technology experts built web or mobile applications in response to these challenges. After a period of incubation, the applications will be available for use in Kathmandu and Lalitpur and for consumption by other cities in the CITYNET network. Read more about the winning applications here.

Developer teams are invited to apply to attend the next appathon event in Spring 2014. Details will be available soon.

Read the final CityApp Kathmandu 2013 report here.

CityApp Kathmandu In the News

Chosun Ilbo (Korean)
March 25, 2014: Incheon and Seoul Play Host to International Organizations

The Himalayan Times
February 10, 2014: Apps for a better Kathmandu

Guthi Blog
February 4, 2014: Apps for a better Kathmandu

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The Climate Leadership Program Workshop

Dates: August 28-30, 2017
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia

How to Apply
If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please fill out the online Registration Form before July 20, 2017 and submit to Ms. Stephani Widorini at media@citynet-ap.org.

– Introduction to Climate Change and Climate Leadership Program
– System Innovation
– Climate Leadership and U-Theory
– Challenges, Opportunities and Stakeholders Mapping
– Innovation Toward Resilient City
– Innovation Toward Low Carbon City

See more details in the attached concept note

For any inquiries, please contact:
Ms. Stephani Widorini (media@citynet-ap.org)
Ms. Aisa Tobing (esa_tobing@yahoo.com)

KLRTC XXIX Urban Planning for City Leaders


  • Title: KLRTC XXIX Urban Planning for City Leaders
  • Dates: 22-25 September, 2014
  • Location: Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Centre

This short training course introduces urban practitioners and decision makers to UN-Habitat’s fundamentals of sustainable city building. Through problem-based learning and real life case studies, participants will discover how to optimize infrastructure, leverage density and cluster for competitiveness. Held from 22-25 September in Kuala Lumpur, participants will also enjoy access to the highly regarded World Class Sustainable Cities Conference.

Information on the workshop content, target participants and sponsorship arrangements can be found in the Workshop Program.

How to Apply

Please apply online before August 16th 2014, 23.00 Korea Standard Time. For any questions, please contact Program Officer at programs1@citynet-ap.org