News from the Secretariat

2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress Countdown

The 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress is bringing international partners, major foundations, and global organizations to network with CITYNET members. As a result, spaces and sponsorship have been filling up fast. If you haven't already registered, please visit before registration closes. For questions contact the CITYNET Partner Development Team at partnerteam(at) or visit our Congress Website. We are looking forward to seeing you in November!

UNESCAP Joins Congress as Organizer and Supporter

We are excited to announce that CITYNET partner United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific (UNESCAP) will be organizing an array of practical sessions and workshops as part of the CITYNET Seoul Congress. All Congress Participants are invited to join the Sustainable Planning for Low-Carbon Eco-Development session on Wednesday, November 6th for a look at how cities can promote green environments while improving living standards. Read more.

Exploring all Possible Options: Sustainable Urban Transport

Excitement is building up as preparations for the second Sustainable Urban Transport in Asia and the Pacific Region workshop are now underway. The event, in partnership with the Korea Transport Institute (KOTI) and in conjunction with the 4th International Public Transportation Forum (IPTF), will take place from September 2-5 in Seoul, Korea. During the workshop, participants can look forward to learning about Seoul and Korea's public transport challenges and achievements as well as share and discuss their cities' transport issues. Read more.

Helping Local Governments Harness Water Management Skills

CITYNET in partnership with the Seoul Metropolitan Government Office of Waterworks (ARISU) will showcase Seoul's water management system in the Seoul Training Program for Water Managers in Southeast Asia from September 8-14, 2013. The course will feature a combination of lectures, discussions and diverse field visits including the Office of Seoul Waterworks, Seoul Waterworks Research Institute, Jungrang Sewage Treatment Center and Arisu Water Purification Center. Read more.

KLRTC 26: 4th International Conference on Green Purchasing

Everyone will be "seeing Green" during the 4th International Conference on Green Purchasing from September 18-20, 2013 in Subang Jaya, Malaysia organized by the Green Purchasing Network of Malaysia (GPNM). The three-day conference will bring together around 400 participants from national and local governments, businesses, the private sector, academia and international organizations to discuss and exchange knowledge on sustainable green development, purchasing and productivity. Read more.

KLRTC 27: Integrated Urban Planning in the Asia Pacific

During the Integrated Urban Planning in the Asia Pacific Region workshop from September 23-26, CITYNET will gather city mayors, senior city managers, urban planners, environmental officers, engineers and other key urban leaders and decision makers at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Centre (KLRTC). Throughout the workshop, there will be discussions, presentations and working sessions on creative and strategic ways to address contemporary urban challenges. UN-Habitat will introduce its Urban Planning Guide for City Leaders throughout the workshop. Read more.

CITYNET Brings ICT Solutions to Public Schools in Nepal

In September 2013, CITYNET will commence a project in Tansen, Nepal that will provide an opportunity to students of two public schools in urban, but yet to be connected communities. These schools will make use of enhanced IT as an aid to learning. The Making IT Infrastructure Available to Peripheral Urban Areas as a Means of Enhancing Learning and Facilitating Development: A Stand Alone, Low Cost and Low Power E-learning Solution for Tansen Municipality is an innovative e-learning solution that will upgrade learning facilities in Shree Saraswoti Secondary School and Shree Laxmi Higher Secondary School by providing them with a range of low-cost, low-maintenance, and scaleable IT tools that will make access to offline learning materials possible. Read more.

Welcome Jovie Corazon - Program Officer

Jovie, from the Philippines, holds a masters degree in Public Administration. She has worked in various government and donor-funder agencies as a technical specialist. With more than 10 years of experience in the capacity development of government and local officials, managers and staff, including development and facilitation of training programs and promotion of research initiatives, we are very excited to welcome her to the CITYNET team. You can reach her at programs2(at)

CITYNET Yokohama Project Updates

CYO Leads Team of Experts to Iloilo

As a part of the Community Based Adaptation and Resilience Against Disasters (CBARAD) project a team of experts from the Crisis Management Center and Health and Social Welfare Division of the City of Yokohama visited Iloilo to conduct an assessment and plan activities targeted at local communities. During this weeklong program, the team visited five pilot barangays to assess and understand the actual conditions of the area. Read more.

CYO Signs MOU with Philippine University

To support the CBARAD project and develop future programs, the CITYNET Yokohama Office and the Central Philippine University (CPU) signed a MOU to develop a partnership. This will allow students and faculty members at CPU to learn and share information more efficiently to build a more resilient community. At CPU's Knowledge and Learning Development Center, Plus Arts organized a workshop on training and raising awareness on disaster preparedness. CPU's role in communication, data gathering and the expansion of learning materials will prove to be vital to this project. Read more.

Yokohama to Thimphu: C2C on Solid Waste Management

Fumiko Hayashi, Mayor of Yokohama, announced that two garbage collection trucks will be donated to Thimphu, Bhutan, a member city of CITYNET. "We hope they will be helpful for the residents of Thimphu", said Mayor Hayashi. Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan and has nearly 100,000 inhabitants. The city's recent boom in construction projects has been followed by a significant increase in waste disposal. Read more.

City of Yokohama Wins Global Green City Award

This year, the seventh consecutive Global Human Settlements Award, sponsored by the Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS), was held in June in Berlin, Germany. Among the cities that received the laurel of "Global Green City" was Yokohama, for its continuing efforts in creating an environmentally sustainable, ecological and livable city together with its citizens. Read more.

News from CITYNET Members and Partners

100 Resilient Cities Challenge: Deadline September 23, 2013

On August 5th, the Rockefeller Foundation officially opened the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, a global effort to mobilize 100 cities over the next three years in order to advance capacity, planning and action in building resilience. This is an exciting and ambitious effort, and CITYNET member cities are encouraged to apply. For further details and registration, visit

EcoMobility World Festival Kicks Off September 1st

EcoMobility World Festival and the EcoMobility 2013 Suwon Congress are counting down the days left to launch in Suwon, South Korea as the final flagstones of the ecomobile neighborhood are being laid. See the Festival program, the Festival video and the neighborhood map for a flavor of what you can expect. Register your attendance now to join us in Suwon and experience the real-life possibilities of an ecomobile future!

Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi Re-Elected

Congratulations to long-time CITYNET supporter Mayor Fumiko Hayashi who was re-elected as Yokohama City Mayor on Sunday August 25, 2013. Mayor Hayashi has long supported urbanization and infrastructure development through CITYNET and various Japanese development agencies. We wish her a strong, successful second term! Read more.

GIZ: ADB, GIZ, and EcoMobility Alliance Organize Non-Motorized Transport Workshop

Asian Development Bank (ADB) and GIZ will be co-hosting a Non-Motorized Training (NMT) EcoMobility Alliance workshop at the EcoMobility 2013 Suwon congress. The workshop will begin on September 2nd, the first full day of the Congress and will cover NMT planning principles, infrastructure, promotion, and a street audit of Suwon. It will also include group collaboration and presentations. Read more.

GIZ: E-Learning course - Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries 2013

GIZ, together with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) will offer its fourth e-learning course on sustainable urban mobility in developing countries. The course will be delivered between September 16th and December 20th, 2013. The course will enhance the capacity of local urban and transportation planners to formulate and implement appropriate policies that contribute towards transportation sustainability in developing countries. It allows an analysis of transport demand management, improved public and non-motorized transport, environmental protection, road safety, and gender. Read more.

GIZ: Parking Policy: From Despair and Conflict towards Hope and Sustainability

GIZ-SUTP and the Centre of Science and Environment, jointly organized the "Parking Policy" workshop on July 26th in New Delhi, India. The event was attended by 41 participants representing various government organizations from India and Nepal. The participants were asked to apply their understanding of different parking paradigms towards a composite case study. Participants were made aware of various approaches available towards parking policy and their applicability towards Indian cities. The workshop orientation agenda can be found here.

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Upcoming Events

- September -
EcoMobility Festival 2013
September 1-30, 2013
Suwon, South Korea
CITYNET-KOTI Sustainable Urban Transport Workshop
September 2-5, 2013
Seoul, South Korea
Seoul Training Program for Water Managers
September 8-14, 2013
Seoul, South Korea
Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Conference
September 9-12, 2013
Taipei, Taiwan
KLRTC 26: Green Purchasing
September 18-20, 2013
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
KLRTC 27: Integrated Urban Planning
September 23-26, 2013
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- October -
LTA-UITP Transport Congress
October 7-10,2013
- November -
CITYNET Seoul Congress
November, 3-6 2013
Seoul, South Korea
PASCAL: Cities Learning Together
November 18-20
Hong Kong


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