CityNet at the 3rd ASEAN MAYORS FORUM in Manila

CityNet will hold a working session on sustainable transport in time for the 3rd ASEAN MAYORS FORUM on July 26-28, 2017 in Shangrila The Fort, Taguig City, Philippines.

CityNet’s session on Building People to People Mobility features cases, policies, and practices on improving urban mobility and connectivity among ASEAN cities. ‘The session will help identify needs and challenges of ASEAN cities for the development of a more focused program intervention to address their capacity gaps related to implementing their local transport programs’, said CityNet Secretary-General Vijay Jagannathan

Regional experts from Asian Development Bank, World Bank, Korea Transport Institute, and city mayors from Asia-Pacific will present their successful cases as benchmarks.

The CityNet Session is scheduled on July 26, 2017, 3:30-5:00 PM.

For other information on the 3rd ASEAN MAYORS FORUM, log on to

Transportation Strategy for Asian Cities Workshop


Asia Pacific is one of the world’s fastest urbanizing region, and the rate of population growth in Asian cities is very rapid. However, transportation networks and infrastructure is still poor to meet the needs of heavily growing population and many Asian cities suffer from traffic problems. With growing recognition of the role of Asian cities in the needs of more sustainable, cost and energy efficient transportation system, urban leaders are increasingly challenged to find proper solutions for the long-term.

This workshop, staged by Seoul Human Resource Development Center and CityNet, connects urban professionals to discuss transportation & traffic problems in Asia Pacific region, exchanges innovative practices and explores potential solutions for problems raised through cooperation with Seoul Metropolitan Government. Especially this workshop, based on Action Plan of last year’s transportation workshop in Da Nang, has reflected practical needs of Asian cities.

The workshop will take place from April 3rd – 9th in Seoul Human Resource Development Center. Specifically designed for senior officials and decision makers from rapidly growing contexts, the workshop offers discussion with urban actors for sustainable policy making and an opportunity to strategize a new agenda for urban transportation.

Learning Objectives

This workshop offers a unique opportunity to practice knowledge transfer and to exchange urban solutions through study visit and group discussion during program. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand on Seoul’s future urban management plan and process
  • Facilitate cooperative relations between Seoul and CityNet member cities by sharing and transferring knowledge, technology and information on transportation.
  • Explain various best practices on transportation in the Asia Pacific region
  • Analyze problems of your city with other city leaders and find out solutions to develop transportation policies for rapidly developing cities.
  • Learn financing urban infrastructure and project preparation and structuring
  • Through SWOT analysis, understand any current deficiencies in each city and contemplate about enhancement strategies

Target Participants

  • Officials who have never participated in training programs organized by both Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) and SMG affiliated organizations

Workshop Venue Seoul Human Resource Development Center


  • The workshop is supported by SHRDC and Seoul Metropolitan Government will cover the cost of accommodations, meals, and training-related expanses. Participants are responsible for airfare.

Date April 3-9, 2016

Application form


Please fill out the attached application form and send it to Jaeyoo Hyeon at by Thursday, March 3.




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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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.

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

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

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 for more information and to confirm your participation. If you wish to find out more check here.

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 

Find more information here or contact Sayel Cortes at

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 Visit the CityNet Yokojama Office website for further details about the 9th CityNet Disaster Cluster Seminar and Symposium.

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


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


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

Supporting Partners


Contact and further information

Felix Kalkowsky,

Nikita Junagade,