CityNet Activities

Program Activities with CityNet National Chapters All Year Round
Offsite or Online

CityNet is consulting with different hosts of National Chapter (NC) on what CityNet strategic activities can be organized for the year. CityNet Secretariat will support initiatives from National Chapters in terms of organizing capacity building activities at the national scale, membership outreach and recruitment. Moreover, CityNet Secretariat plans to put more effort to engaging NC hosts in addressing organizational challenges and supporting their national activities in 2024.

Partner CityNet Member: Hosts of National Chapters Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines and Sri Lanka,

Capacity Building Program for 2023 SDG City Award Winners May

CityNet organizes a workshop and study visit program for the 2023 SDG City Award Winners and select cities and partners providing capacity development support to benchmark programs from Seoul and fellow winners. Select participants will present exemplary practices on achieving SDGs including low carbon, zero waste, and SMG’s Going Together with the Socially Neglected (GTSN) Initiative (social welfare).

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36th CityNet-Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Center Session24 April – 12 May

CityNet and Kuala Lumpur City Hall will team up again to organize the 36th training session in Kuala Lumpur. Select CityNet members will participate to share its best practices on low carbon and smart city development. CityNet members will learn urban innovation programs from Kuala Lumpur City Hall and Seoul Metropolitan Government. Participants will exchange insights with experts and peers, propose action plans, and commit to demonstrate actions in reaching their low carbon and smart city development objectives.

Partner: Kuala Lumpur City Hall

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CityNet- Seoul Human Resource Development Center Q2

CityNet and Seoul Human Resource Development Center (SHRDC) will organize series of online sessions, sharing best practices of Seoul Metropolitan Government. SHRDC invites CityNet members to learn current Seoul’s initiatives on SDGs, low carbon, and the Going Together with the Socially Neglected (GTSN) Initiative as the main themes for this year’s capacity development.

Partner: Seoul Human Resource Development Center

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Climate Leadership Program Learning Series Q2-Q3
Online & Offsite

The Climate Leadership Program is a leadership and peer exchange learning series that aims to increase the capacities of climate change practitioners in the Asia Pacific with the end goal of helping them transform their communities while addressing impacts of climate change. In close coordination with lead and co-lead of Climate Change Cluster, the CLP is an exchange of urban practices of both innovative national and local climate actions. Participants present their exemplary local climate actions, test different tools, and consult with peers to better improve on implementing sustainable climate solutions.

Partner CityNet Members: Jakarta Capital Government (Climate Change Cluster Lead City), Quezon City Government, Ahmedabad Study Action Group (ASAG), Human & Environment Links Progressive Organization (HELP-O), and International Climate and Development Institute (ICDI)

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Benchmarking of CityNet Korean Members to City of YokohamaJuly

CityNet members in South Korea will learn how Yokohama City has made progress on localizing Sustainable Development Goals through its successful programs and policies. CityNet Korean members will engage the City of Yokohama strengthening city to city relations underscoring partnership as a key strategy. CityNet Korean members will also showcase their SDG-based programs and policies and develop plans of action on ways to improve their SDG localization.

Partner: CityNet Yokohama Office

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Capacity Building Program for High-Level City OfficialsQ3

CityNet will organize a high-level learning program with its partners in China fostering international urban cooperation and benchmarking urban innovations. The program will focus on low-carbon, climate change adaptation and mitigation. Invited cities will present their best practices on low carbon green cities and apply the lessons learned.

Partner: ArchiCity

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International Disaster Cluster Seminar17-22 September

Hosted by Taipei City and members of Disaster Cluster, the four-day program will feature technical sessions, live drill demonstrations, and panel discussions on disaster data governance, mainstreaming GEDSI (gender equality, disability, and social inclusion) in disaster programs and plans, and disaster-climate change risks mitigation. Another highlight is another round of cities to be signed-up into the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Making Cities Resilience 2030.

Partner CityNet Members: Taipei City (Host City), Makati City (Disaster Cluster Lead) Colombo Municipal Council, Matsuyama City, Quezon City Government, Taoyuan City Government, Ahmedabad Study Action Group (ASAG), National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET) and Plus Arts (Disaster Cluster Co-Leads).

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44th Executive Committee MeetingSeptember

The Executive Committee is responsible for the execution of policies established by the General Council. CityNet holds the Executive Committee Meeting at least once every two years for the Executive Committee to convene and discuss the direction of the organization.

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3rd SDG Awards September

The SDG Awards debuted at the 9th CityNet Congress in 2022 will return for a third year! Cities will be encouraged to submit their best practice cases to the Urban SDG Knowledge Platform, and after a period of voting and evaluation, winners will be selected to be honoured at the SDG Awards Ceremony at the 44th CityNet Executive Committee in Iloilo City, Philippines.

The 2024 contest categories will be announced around March.

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CityNet at SMG’s Seoul Smart Life Week2-4 October
CityNet will support Seoul Metropolitan Government’s several program activities for the Seoul Smart Life Week. Leveraging its brand as a leading smart city, Seoul Smart Life Week is week-long program of international conferences, business events, advanced technology and innovations showcase, and lifestyle trends that showcase and strengthen the city’s unique global competitiveness. 
CityNet at UNFCCC COP 2911-24 November
CityNet Secretariat will participate at the 2024 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 29). CityNet Secretariat will lead its delegation to promote CityNet’s regional initiatives on climate change. CityNet members will also share successful adaptation and mitigation practices. It will also partner with different international and country pavilions to co-organize different technical sessions. CityNet aims to be part of a new collective policy discussion on climate in particular that have implications for cities at COP 29. 
CityNet Services (Virtual and In-person)On a Rolling Basis

Available upon request, CityNet provides services for C-2-C. Please visit https://citynet- for details.

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Member/Partner Activities

UNESCAP Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development20-23 February Bangkok
The Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) is an annual, inclusive intergovernmental forum to support follow-up and review of progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the regional level, while serving as a regional preparatory meeting to the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF). The Forum provides a regional perspective on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by identifying regional trends and sharing best practices and lessons learned. The 10th APFSD will be organized from 27-30 March 2023 under the theme “Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels in Asia and the Pacific” in Bangkok, at the United Nations Conference Center (UNCC).For more information, email
Smart City Summit & Expo19-23 March
Taipei & Kaohsiung
Being Asia’s largest hybrid smart city tradeshow featuring IoT solutions, Smart City Summit and Expo (SCSE) has been offering marketing opportunities for the applications from home and abroad for the past nine years. SCSE is not only a B2B platform for businesses but one of largest G2G and G2B network, it continues to serve online and offline with co-located events for industries such as smart healthcare, transportation, building sustainability, and startup communities. Featuring “Digital and Green Transformation”, 2023 Smart City Summit and Expo (SCSE) will take place both in Taipei & Kaohsiung from March 19th to 23rd, 2024.
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World Cities Summit, Mayor’s Forum2-4 June
The biennial World Cities Summit (WCS) is an exclusive platform for government leaders and industry experts to address liveable and sustainable city challenges, share integrated urban solutions and forge new partnerships. Jointly organised by Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), key highlights of the Summit include the WCS Mayors Forum, the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize and the WCS Young Leaders Symposium.
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Smart City Expo World Congress5-7 November
Held in Barcelona since 2011, Smart City Expo World Congress is the international leading event for cities. Their mission is to empower cities and collectivize urban innovation across the globe. Through promoting social innovation and identifying collaboration opportunities, the event is dedicated to creating a better future for cities and their citizens.
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UNESCAP International Forum on Low Carbon CitiesQ4
Incheon / East Asia
The 4th International Forum on Low Carbon Cities is a platform of sharing and strengthening partnership and peer-learning among cities and city networks in North-East Asia. CityNet Secretariat has been an institutional partner with UNESCAP East Asia, the main organizer, bringing its members to share innovations and best practices at the Forum.