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CityNet 34th Session of the Executive Committee concluded with a road map

CityNet 34th Session of the Executive Committee (ExCom) was successfully held in Makati on 24 November attended by representatives from members and partner organisations. Prior to the ExCom, the CityNet ran a Strategic Planning Meeting where a road map that will serve as the guidelines to CityNet's programs was created.

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MoU with Colombo Municipal Council signed for CityNet Congress 2017

CityNet Secretariat is pleased to announce that the Congress 2017 will be held in Colombo in November following the MoU that was signed at this year's Executive Committee Meeting in Makati. Next year's Congress will consist of the 35th Session of the Executive Committee, General Council, Mayor's/International Forum, the 36th Session of the Executive Committee, technical session, and site visits. A devoted website containing the program details will be issued in due course.

MoU with SMFDH and Quezon City signed at the ExCom Meeting

At the 34th ExCom Meeting, CityNet also signed a tri-party MoU with the Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters (SMFDH) and Quezon City that marked the beginning of the handover of two fire engines and capacity building trainings to aid Quezon City's fire and disaster response capacity.

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2016 Suwon Human City Forum

The 2016 Suwon Human City Forum was successfully held on November 3-4 in Suwon City. Hosted by Suwon City and co-organized by CityNet and Suwon Research Institute, the forum attracted 300 urban policymakers, practitioners, academics and the members of the civil society. Hon. Jed Patrick Mabilog, the Mayor of Iloilo City and CityNet Special Advisor Mary Jane Ortega presented their take on what makes a human city.


Fire engines and ambulances donated to Quezon City and Yangon

Together with CityNet, Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters (SMFDH) dispatched decommissioned fire engines and ambulances to Quezon City, Philippines and Yangon, Myanmar. Staff from the two organisations visited the two cities to officially deliver this assistance program. SMFDH will also offer necessary training courses to ensure full utilization and maintenance of the vehicles. This is a result of a MoU that was signed earlier this year between CityNet and SMFDH.


CityVoices Autumn/Winter 2016 on Smart Cities released

CityNet Secretariat has just released its Autumn/Winter 2016 issue of its biannual magazine, CityVoices, where a set of good practices and success stories of Asian cities in their efforts in implementing smart cities for sustainable development are compiled. You can learn more about Makati, Muntinlupa, Mandalay City, and Sidoarjo¡¯s smart planning initiatives that make their cities more inclusive, integrated, and liveable.


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Kathmandu hosts the 3rd training on Seismic and Structural Engineering

Training for Nepali seismic and structural engineers from over 10 municipalities in Nepal took place in Kathmandu from the 23-27 October. This is the third training in a three-year project between Kathmandu and Yokohama, which hopes to strengthen the capacities of engineers in Nepal. This project intends to train over 100 engineers over the next three years.


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Kathmandu presents ICT initiatives at Asia Smart City Conference in Yokohama

The Chief and Executive Officer/Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Mr. Rudra Singh Tamang, attended the Asia Smart City Conference in Yokohama from November 16-18 to deliver a presentation on Kathmandu's innovative Information Communication Technologies (ICT) initiatives. Kathmandu has three ICT initiatives: the Municipal Administration and Revenue System (MARS), Electronic Building Permit System (EBPS), and Vital Registration System (VERS).


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CEO of Kathmandu Metropolitan City visits the City of Yokohama

In addition to presenting at the Asia Smart City Conference, the Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Mr. Tamang, visited the City of Yokohama's Housing and Architecture Bureau. The mayor visited two divisions within the bureau to observe the offices' working procedures. The mayor also visited the basement of Yokohama City Hall to see the seismic dampers that have been installed.


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CBARAD prepares for Second Simulation Exercise for City DRRM Council

October was a very busy month for all of the CBARAD-II components as they worked to prepare for the final Technical Advisory Visit (TAV) of the CBARAD-II Project. The TAV will take place from the 26th-29th of November and experts from Japan will conduct training in Iloilo on the topics of EMS and Disaster Response.

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Community Based Solid Waste Management Project with PIEDAR

In partnership with NGOs, Help-O and PIEDAR, CYO is implementing two Community Based Solid Waste Management projects in Galle, Sri Lanka, and Islamabad, Pakistan. In Islamabad, the NGO PIEDAR has been working to enhance schoolchildren's understanding of waste and foster sustainable consumption and production through sustainable materials management at the local urban scale.

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CYO Visits Galle to Assess Waste Management System

In Galle, Sri Lanka, locally based NGO HELP-O is implementing a community based solid waste management project. The City of Galle segregates solid waste into two categories: compost and plating. Plating includes plastics as well as bottles, cans, papers and other none compostable items.

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