Member and Partner Event Details

Different Ways of Smart Governance in Asian Urban Systems

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On Saturday, June 11th 2016, CityNet delivered a session as part of Seoul Module of the Executive Master in Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems (IGLUS).

During the session, Sayel Cortes and Heesoo Joo from CityNet presented and discussed on the differences and similarities of smart cities in Asia. Two guest speakers from CityNet’s active member cities, Mr. Naoki Otomo from Yokohama City and Ms. Violeta Seva from Makati City brought their own perspectives on what a smart city is.

Being a smart city doesn’t mean to use top technology, but to use technology in a smart way. By providing examples on the way different cities in Asia are using technology and discussing on their different approaches, challenges, and advantages; this session aims to get participants to reflect on the key considerations needed when implementing a system in their cities.

The basic assumption is that each city has a different context, and that technology has to be fully adapted to this context to produce “smart” results. According to this, the newest or “best” technology might not be the appropriate answer for a specific city challenges. On the other side, simpler “low-tech” solutions might provide smart solutions for a specific city challenge.

This executive master program offered by the Ecole Polytechnique Fererale de Lausanne consists of 6 modules in 6 different cities covering six key challenges of urban development. The Seoul module, locally supported by Sungkyunkwan University, focuses on the technological challenge by inviting experts from different Korean universities, research centers, local government, and international organizations.

Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Urban Development in Asia and the Pacific


The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) held an Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Urban Development in Asia and the Pacific focusing on the new urban agenda. The meeting took place in Bangkok, Thailand from December 2nd-3rd, 2014.

The objectives of this Expert Group Meeting are:
• Identify and discuss emerging issues related to the sustainable urban development in Asia and the Pacific, reflecting the key inputs from stakeholders working in the urban sector.
• Identify and discuss priority issues for the region in relation to the post-2015 Development Agenda and Habitat III, which could be discussed at the sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-6) that will take place in May 2015. APUF is a multi-stakeholder forum organized periodically every 4-5 years by UNESCAP with the aim to provide a regional platform for urban actors to discuss and share experiences on emerging urban development issues
• Substantively engage key regional partners in the organization of APUF-6 as a multi-stakeholder forum, specifically through an inclusive preparatory process.

Six sessions were laid out during the two-day meeting, namely:
1. Introduction to the Expert Group Meeting to provide the background and objectives of the meeting
2. Sustainable Urban Development in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
3. Priority Issues for Sustainable Urban Development in Asia and the Pacific – Economic Development
4. Priority Issues for Sustainable Urban Development in Asia and the Pacific – Governance
5. Priority Issues for Sustainable Urban Development in Asia and the Pacific – Social Development
6. Priority Issues for Sustainable Urban Development in Asia and the Pacific – Environmental Sustainability

The Meeting is expected to contribute to the Habitat III due to be held in 2016.

EcoMobility World Festival 2015

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EcoMobility World Festival 2015
The EcoMobility World Festival demonstrates urban mobility without dependency on the private automobile in a real city, by real people, in real time. Taking place in South Africa’s economic capital, the EcoMobility World Festival 2015 in Johannesburg shall demonstrate how an ecomobile business district looks like. Walking, cycling, and using buses and trains – for a cleaner air, healthier lifestyle and livable city.
Conveniently commuting through your city in an affordable and environmental friendly way, feeling healthy and enjoying your urban public space – try a greener urban lifestyle at the EcoMobility World Festival 2015 in Sandton, Johannesburg!

EcoMobility Dialogues 2015
A series of dialogue sessions is a key part of the EcoMobility World Festival 2015. They will bring together thought leaders, decision makers and implementers of innovative forms of sustainable urban mobility to shape the future of urban mobility. Solutions will be sought to reduce the dominance of private automobiles in cities and to build an urban transport system that meets the needs of residents while minimizing energy consumption, emissions, material use and space requirements. The EcoMobility Dialogues will be hosted by the City of Johannesburg and organized in partnership with ICLEI from 5 – 9 October 2015. Various pre- and post-events are being planned together with partners of the Dialogues.


For more information: Ecomobility Festival Brochure


International Symposium on Sustainable Future in Asia (TBD)

International Symposium on Sustainable Future in Asia (TBD) 

Date                  January 27-28, 2016

Venue                Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand (TBD)


  Addressing problems related to climate change, Biodiversity loss and urban planning requires a comprehensive approach which includes technological changes and innovations coupled with societal reforms. For scientific and technological innovation on climate, biodiversity and urban related issues, scientists and researchers require information from multiple sectors which are often governed by the state.

The purpose of this symposium is to seek new ways of thinking to address the above mentioned challenges through an ‘information based’ policy development process. In this symposium we highlight four solution areas within the broader theme of Climate Change, biodiversity and urban planning namely;

・       Low Carbon Societies : Governments are gearing towards making progress in developing low carbon societies and  have made proposals for monitoring industry, business, transport and for individual households sectors. Tremendous progress has been made in realising this transformation, nonetheless, challenges still remain in the way governments and citizens perceive the process. This in fact has lead to heterogenous approaches by (or within) a state  making it difficult  to strategise or recommend any particular measure for a country or a region. One way to bring uniformity to the process is by developing a common framework of action at an international, regional or national level. Such measures are already recommended by the United Nations and regional bodies such as ASEAN. The recent sustainable development  goals also seek for low carbon measures and particularly on monitoring low carbon scenarios. Considering all the current needs, it is important to bring together the various developments that has taken place in monitoring low carbon measures in Asia.

・       Environmental Monitoring from Local to Global: Though environmental problems are considered a global issue, except for climate change, the impact of environmental problems are faced more at a local scale. Hence addressing such problems require monitoring grass root environmental issues and we should see how it effects national and international scenarios. However monitoring such issues are constrained by socio-political, technological and policy related issues. To address these challenges, we need to bring together the different streams of information compiled by governments, research institutions and NGO’s to a common decision making platform. The symposium will thus look into the environmental monitoring from a local to a global level.

・       Monitoring Biodiversity and Ecosystem services: Asian region is rich in biodiversity and is also a hub for ecosystem services. However, rapid development, industrial growth and illegal harvesting has lead to depletion of biodiversity. In order to address this complexity,  spatial and temporal information on biodiversity is fundamental. Such information is also required for assessing the various transformation exercises carried out by governments and local bodies in Asia for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. There exists multiple research projects to monitor biodiversity loss and management. Integration of such projects are also essential to identify key measures for addressing the challenges faced to the Asian biodiversity ecosystem.

・       Waste management:  Waste management is one major issue which is posing a challenge for the growth of Asian cities. Though countries such as Japan and Singapore has advocated intensive measures for the management of waste, several developing countries in Asia are still facing acute problems in managing waste. The key question is then on how can scientists, researchers and policy makers address the growing needs of the developing Asia in addressing challenges related to waste management. It is also important to assess the existing laws and policies on waste management in developing countries and how effective such policies are. For bringing the right mix of policy and technology, there is a need for an overall information on the behavioural pattern of the society and socio-economic situation at the local level.

Workshop Goals and Objectives

The purpose of this symposium will be to first highlight the current conditions on the above mentioned key issues faced by Asian societies. Focusing primarily on the information needs and requirements, the symposium will then highlight the ways to bridge the information gaps through effective and integrated monitoring systems. Based on these assessments, recommendations will be prepared on how societal transformations can be achieved in addressing the above problems. The

recommendation from the symposium can be used to stress the urgency of addressing environmental concerns among target public and private institutions to take responsibility on specific areas where there is a need for a change. Such recommendations can also support the existing global mechanism to address those challenges.

Organisers and Co-organisers

  1. Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand
  2. National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan
  3. The University of Tokyo (UTYO), Japan


Around 200 (TBD)

(Research scientists from three organizing institutes, AIT students, governmental officials, companies)


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Inclusive economies in cities in Southeast Asia

CityNet encourages its member-cities in the ASEAN region to participate in the workshop entitled “Inclusive Economies in Cities in South East Asia” to be held on 10 -11 May 2016 at the Chatrium Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. This event is held by Oxfam GB in collaboration with CityNet, UCLG-ASPAC, and WIEGO, and under the auspices of the Asia Development Dialogue ( platform, which aims to promote multi-sectoral discussion on key issues of urban governance in Asia. The platform is managed by Oxfam with support from the Rockefeller Foundation.

This workshop will highlight, explore and examine the multiple perspectives required for developing inclusive urban prosperity, with particular attention being paid to the challenges of the large informal sector of South East Asian Cities. The workshop aims to provide a space for concerted dialogue between stakeholders (City governments, CBOs, NGOs, Private Sector, National Government) and will attempt to develop commonly determined tools for bringing about Inclusive Local Economic Development in the region’s cities.

Furthermore, the key role of international frameworks, in particular ASEAN will be explored, the workshop acting as a timely opportunity for discussions and recommendations for “Habitat III” – the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, which will take place in October 2016.

This event will be an opportunity to share your perspectives of the challenges and solutions of social and economic exclusion in Asia’s cities. We would be grateful if you could confirm the Expression of Interest by May 2, 2016 to CityNet Program Officer, Mr. Jaime Paulo Mora at

Don’t miss a chance to join what is promising to be a very interesting discussion on Inclusive Economies.

For more information: Concept Note

Building Leaders in Urban Transport Planning (LUTP) September 10-16, 2017

The Korea Transport Institute, Seoul Metropolitan Government and the World Bank are jointly hosting the 6th LUTP-Seoul on September 10th through Sep. 16th, 2017.

Sponsored by CityNet, this workshop will again take place in Seoul, and cover important issues for urban transport leaders such as integrated transport planning, ICT in transportation, PPP, and other key challenges.

You will have opportunities to participate in presentations, group discussions, site visits to Korea’s cutting-edge transport related institutions, and networking luncheons/dinners.


You can download the application form online by visiting the URL below:

Your completed registration form (scanned copy) can be emailed to

or faxed to: +82-44-211-3222 by August 10, 2017.


A fee of US $3,500 will be charged. This would also cover the cost of boarding and lodgings in Korea.

Participants will be expected to bear their own airfare to reach Korea.


The Peer Experience and Reflective Program (PEARL)

The Peer Experience and Reflective Learning (PEARL) network was launched by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India in January 2007 under JNNURM. The project aimed to create manageable networks for knowledge sharing and cross-learning among JNNURM cities and make them more liveable, economically vibrant and environmentally sustainable.

The Cities Alliance (CA) Knowledge Support for PEARL Program under JNNURM was initiated in 2010. This built on the Ministry of Urban Development initiative and contributed to making PEARL an effective learning and knowledge-sharing platform. Strategies adopted under the CA Knowledge Support facilitated horizontal learning, assessing knowledge needs in city networks, developing customised knowledge products through research and action projects. Moreover, the support helped to plug PEARL into other city/knowledge sharing networks (both national and international).
The key objective of the PEARL program is to enhance knowledge exchange and cross learning between cities.


Knowledge Network Support Unit
The Cities Alliance supported Knowledge Support for PEARL was initiated in the year 2010 to strengthen the horizontal learning network through strategic support in terms of accessing knowledge needs of cities, provide inputs in designing knowledge exchange initiatives in terms of concept notes, program briefs, etc, and finally, plugging PEARL to other national and international knowledge exchange networks to access their expertise in knowledge sharing and exchange.

Capacity Building
The PEARL program focuses on building capacities of the cities in the network through activities such as:
• Peer-to-peer learning
• Expert visits
• Exposure visits
• National and international workshops
• Group workshops
• e-Learning
• Training
• Internship

Knowledge Dissemination
Knowledge dissemination, a key PEARL objective is carried out through the creation of various knowledge products and solutions. Documentation of city-wise urban initiatives, national good practices, global good practices, film, research studies and bi-annual newsletters form a knowledge repository while participatory exercises like monthly dialogue series and a regularly updated web portal by a dedicated web development support unit, strengthen the network through sustained interaction.

Listed below are PEARL’s Good Practice documentations
Compendium of Global Good Practices on ICT in Urban Services
Compendium of Global Good Practices on Urban Sanitation
Compendium of Global Good Practices on Urban Solid Waste Management
Compendium of Global Good Practices on Urban Mobility
Compendium of Global Good Practices on Urban Water Supply
Compendium of National Good Practices on Urban Transportation in Indian Cities
Compendium of National Good Practices on Urban Water Supply and Sanitation in Indian Cities
Compendium of National Good Practices on Urban Solid Waste Management in Indian Cities
Compendium of National Good Practices on Urban Heritage in Indian Cities

Find out more about PEARL network here

Training program in Innovative Governance of Large Urban systems

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The next training module of the EPFL’s Executive Master in the Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems (IGLUS) is going to take place in Seoul, South Korea, from 6th to 17th of June 2016, jointly organized with Sungkyunkwan University, and in collaboration with The World Bank, UN-Habitat and the University of Seoul.

It aims at making city managers of tomorrow understanding how to go towards smarter and more efficient urban systems, by focusing on the management and governance of transportation, energy and water infrastructures.

Scholarships are available for highly qualified candidates in a management capacity (e.g., city managers), who have at least a 4 years bachelor degree, preferably a master’s degree, as well as at least 5 years of professional experience. If you are interested, send an email to

The IGLUS Executive master is accredited and offered by EPFL (which consistently ranks among the world’s top 15 universities) and structured on a rolling basis around 6 two-week training modules taking place in six locations around the globe; namely in Mexico-Guadalajara, the United Arab Emirates, Istanbul, Seoul, Detroit-NYC, and Dortmund.

For more information: IGLUS programme flyer

City Creditworthiness Academy

Seoul, Korea – April 21-26, 2014

Credit Worthiness Academy
The World Bank and partners invite CITYNET members to the 2014 City Creditworthiness Academy. The City Creditworthiness Academy will assist senior financial officials from sub-national governments and public enterprises across Asia to master the underpinnings of creditworthiness. Participants will develop an action plan to improve their creditworthiness and facilitate access to finance for low-carbon and resilient infrastructure.

The agenda of the City Creditworthiness Academy offers a set of intense training modules ranging from revenue management to climate smart capital investment planning, and from debt financing options to the enabling environment for sub-national finance. The training emphasizes peer-to-peer learning and focuses on the practitioners’ perspective, highlighting best practices from Asia and from across the world. The Korea Development Institute will also organize dedicated site visits for the Academy’s participants.

Interested participants should complete the application form and send it to Lauren Wilson by March 8, 2014.

Accommodation and facility costs will be covered by the organizing partners. Participants are expected to fund their own travel costs. Limited funds are available for participant travel subsidies and requests for such funds should be indicated on the application form. Requests will be considered on the basis of need and merit.

For more information, please visit

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