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The 2017 CityNet Congress website has been released where you can find more information about this four yearly CityNet event. This year's Congress will be held on 5-8 November in Colombo, Sri Lanka under the theme of "Our City, Our Future: Sharing Local Solutions for Sustainable Development. It will also mark the network's 30th anniversary where all members and partners could reflect on our journey together and to work collectively on finding the answer to the future urban challenges.

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Announcements and Opportunities

Call for parallel session for CityNet Congress 2017

CityNet invites you to submit a proposal to hold a side events during this year's Congress that will be held on 5-8 November in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The CityNet Congress 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the Network of cities and stakeholders commited to sustainable urban development in the Asia Pacific region. All proposals will be considered and decided upon through a selection committee at the CityNet Secretariat. Please contact CityNet Program Officer Felix Kalkowsky at to register your interest.

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Keep yourself updated with CityNet activities throughout 2017

The CityNet Secretariat has prepared a series of activities for CityNet's members that are ranging from the Congress that is held every four years to various workshops throughout 2017. This year will also mark CityNet's 30th anniversary. Lots of our activities are organised in collaboration with prominent partners. Keep yourself updated with the activity announcement and mark your calendar for the opportunities!

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Call for CityNet Services 2017 is open

CityNet is encouraging its member-cities to submit applications for CityNet Services, one of the most sought after regular programs. CityNet Services is platform where members conduct sustainable learning exchanges across the network. It can be in the form of technical assistance, study visits, and/or city-to-city partnershipsFor further information on how to apply for CityNet Services, you may email the CityNet Secretariat at

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Achieve international recognition by joining the WeGO Smart Sustainable City Awards 2017

The 3rd WeGO Smart Sustainable City Awards is an international competition that recognizes excellence in ICT, e-Governance, and smart city initiatives for the ultimate goal of urban sustainability and citizen well-being. Applications are ongoing until April 14, 2017, and WeGO invites all cities to submit applications and be recognized for their work on smart sustainable city development. Learn more and apply for the WeGO Smart Sustainable City Awards by clicking on this link.

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Network News

Submit the CityNet Medium Term Plan Survey


The CityNet Secretariat is developing the Medium Term Plan for 2018-2021 which will serve the purpose of reviewing past work and establish a vision for the future to improve the CityNet's role. This Plan will be carried out using the input of members through the survey. Please take few minutes to complete this survey to help us understand your needs and expectations and provide any further details that will assist us to meet your objectives. This survey questionnaire may take 15-20 minutes of your time and may also be dependent on the respondent's pace. Thank you in advance for participating!

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Action plan for SDG implementation workshop held in Thimphu and Barisal


A workshop on the implementation of SDGs was held in Thimphu, Bhutan on January 21-23 and in Barisal on February 7-9 where participants discussed the challenges they were facing and built Action Plan for the SDG implementation in the cities. The Chairman and Director General of Society for Development Studies Dr. Vinay Lall, one of CityNet Associate Members, pointed out the need for inter-departmental partnership to ensure the success of the SDG implementation.


ULI Asia Pacific Study Tour in Seoul, South Korea

Join the ULI Asia Pacific Study Tour to Seoul, South Korea from April 5-8, 2017, which is ranked as the most innovative economy in the world*; You will visit recently completed noteworthy development projects, tour neighborhoods that have undergone successful urban regeneration and meet with the senior executives directly involved in the projects. Key focus areas of the tour include smart city, retail projects, urban regeneration and historical preservation, high-density mixed-use projects and large-scale office park development.

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Building Leaders in Urban Transport Planning (LUTP) Seoul 2017

The Korea Transport Institute, Seoul Metropolitan Government and the World Bank are jointly hosting the 6th LUTP-Seoul on September 10-16, 2017. 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. Participants will have opportunities to participate in presentations, group discussions, site visits to Korea's cutting-edge transport related institutions, and networking sessions. 

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Yokohama Project Office
Solid Waste Management Awareness and Community Clean-up in Galle

In January, HELP-O finished designing a set of sustainable waste management awareness stickers that were distributed to residents in selected communities across Galle. These stickers have been made using data from three community consultations that were held late last year. Last month the China Garden Ward was also selected as a participant in the awareness campaign.

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Final Evaluation of CBARAD Project Accomplishments in Iloilo

In January, an end of project assessment was conducted in Iloilo to identify the measurable outputs of the CBARAD Project. Current management practices and the disaster risk management capacities of stakeholders were examined and compared with the baseline data from the start of CBARAD II. Surveys were completed by 52 focal persons from the CBARAD project and 30 people participated in focus group discussions.

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