The Megacity Think Tank Alliance Inaugural Forum

MeTTA
Think tanks from Beijing, Shanghai, Hanoi, Singapore and Seoul that are part of the Megacity Think Tank Alliance, MeTTA, gathered in Seoul for the inaugural forum on July 11th. The five megacities launched MeTTA to provide solutions to several risks that megacities face and to improve the quality of life of their citizens.

The forum, focusing on “Beyond Risk towards Safe Cities”, was organized by the Seoul Institute which also holds this year’s presidency.

CityNet Assistant Secretary General Yeonsik Yoo was honoured to be a discussion panelist to share CityNet’s point of view about the risks in Asian Megacities and the role of think tanks.

Northeast Asian Mayors Forum in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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]From August 18th to 19th, mayors of six major cities in Northeast Asia will convene to discuss their common challenges, exchange experiences, and forge regional cooperation among their cities in making urban development dynamic, inclusive, and sustainable. CityNet will contribute to the discussions to share its experiences.

 

The topics on the agenda cover experiences of historic cities on sustainable development, redevelopment of old city areas, effective and efficient municipal governance, e-governance, experiences in the management of increasing traffic congestion, reducing carbon emissions and developing a green city, new technologies best suited for cold climate cities and mechanisms of cooperation among Northeast Asian cities.

Participants in the forum will include mayors of major cities in Northeast Asia and other prominent speakers from international organizations such as UN Habitat, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

UN-Habitat Opportunity: Shelter Academy 2014

ANNOUNCEMENT OF SHELTER ACADEMY 2014
As presented by Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat and Neil McArthur, CEO of ARCADIS NV, we are pleased to announce the the Fourth Annual Shelter Academy, Adapting & Mitigating Climate Change: Options for Cities, that will take place in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, The Netherlands during the period 1-4 September 2014. See attached brochure.

Target Audience
– The 2014 Academy is aimed at UN-Habitat Partner Cities.
– Participation is targeting (but not limited to) high-level local officials and senior level decision makers and policy makers, including mayors) from mid-sized municipalities, in the Africa, Asia and Pacific, as well as the Latin America regions.
– It is anticipated that these participants will be able to act as ‘multipliers’ within their own organizations and regions, communicating best practices and key lessons learned from the Academy to colleagues and counterparts. The Academy aims to host a maximum of 20 participants.
– The official language of the Academy will be English.

Programme
The academy is focused on actual participant-driven case studies. Participants are expected to prepare and present their own case studies which will increase knowledge exchange, self-reflection on problems and solutions and collective learning on urban development challenges related to climate change. These should be presented and in power point format. Participants are expected to reflect on strategies to overcome these challenges. The Academy will promote learning and capacity building on the topic of cities and climate change and will foster a meaningful dialogue on how cities are responding to these challenges. Additional case studies from lecturers, site visits and peer-to-peer dialogues with Dutch municipalities, policy makers and decision makers will further enhance the quality of the programme.

Costs
The programme provides fellowships to participants who meets the credentials of the target audience.
The fellowship includes travel from and to home country, accommodation in the Netherlands, meals, local transport, training materials, site visits to Dutch cities, meeting with their peers.
The selection is competitive for the limited number of fellowships.

Applications
The attached registration form should be sent to not later than 30th of May.
Selected participants should send their case study in ppt format not later than 1st of July.

For further information contact sandrine.cardon@unhabitat.org.

Shelter-brochure 2014
Registration Form Shelter Academy 2014

Third Sanitation Dialogue: Manila, Philippines

Third Sanitation Dialogue: 11th Hour to MDGs 2015
Manila, Philippines – 27-29 May, 2014
Sanitation Dialogue
The Third Sanitation Dialogue, this year themed “11th Hour to MDGs 2015”, will advocate a comprehensive approach to sanitation among the Asian Development Bank and its developing member countries. Through the sharing of innovative solutions to financing, affordability and sustainability issues among others, the dialogue will strengthen the capacity of developing countries to conceptualize, plan and implement sanitation strategies and projects.

The Asian Development Bank encourages sanitation experts and practitioners working in government, the private sector, academe and NGOs to attend. There are no registration fees. Please contact Marc Ebarvia at cebarvia.consultant@adb.org for information on how to join the discussion. For more details of the event itself, please visit: http://bit.ly/1m1Mohm

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 lwilson1@worldbank.org 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 http://www.ppiaf.org/node/961

Pascal Observatory: Learning Cities 2020

Join CITYNET Partner Pascal Observatory with Learning Cities 2020 a suite of studies to help urban regions maximize their potential.

Focused on lifelong learning, these courses are for city leaders seeking to develop their capacity and skills.

PASCAL International Observatory is a research and policy alliance dedicated to bringing cutting edge ideas to local and regional policy-making. It is focused on the development of place through learning and social cohesion. PASCAL emphasises the importance of international comparisons and of the exchange of good practice to assess and improve local performance.

PASCAL Overview
Learning Cities 2020 Brochure

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