Workshop Opportunity

​Urban Infrastructure Financing Options ​

cdia workshop imageJoin CityNet and CDIA to discuss Urban Infrastructure Financing from July 14-17, 2014 . This workshop equips senior engineers and finance officers with an understanding of a spectrum of financing products to boost their city’s competitiveness and sustainability.

Information on the workshop content, target participants and sponsorship arrangements can be found in the workshop Program.

How to Apply

Please apply online before June 3rd 2014 09.00 Korea Standard Time. For any questions, please contact Mr. Toby Roycroft, Program Officer at

Urban Management

CityNet and the Seoul Human Resource Development Center (SHRDC) invite CityNet members to learn and share best practices in sustainable urban transformation.

Information on the workshop content, target participants and sponsorship arrangements can be found in the workshop program.

How to Apply

Kindly complete and return the application form to ​ by June 10th 201​4 ​09.0​0 ​Korea Standard Time.

 Climate Change Workshop

CityNet and the Seoul Human Resource Development Center (SHRDC) invite CityNet members to learn and exchange successful climate change policies and renewable energy technologies.

Information on the workshop content, target participants and sponsorship arrangements can be found in the workshop program 

How to Apply

Kindly complete and return the application form to ​ ​by June 10th 201​4 ​09.0​0 ​Korea Standard Time.

General Notes 

Please note that these workshops have a limited number of spaces. Even if you meet the selection criteria and can fully fund your own travel, this does not guarantee you a place.  

We will try to respond to all applications within two weeks of the deadline. If you do not hear from us within this period, you can assume that you have been unsuccessful.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to email

We look forward to receiving your applications.

UNISDR Resilient Action Planning Workshop Wrap-Up

Incheon, Korea
18th – 20th March 2014


CITYNET, a longstanding partner of UNISDR’s ‘Making Cities Resilient’ Campaign, joined a global assembly of local governments, disaster management agencies and capacity development service providers to better understand and enact the campaign’s ‘Ten Essentials’ of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management. This three day collaborative learning initiative challenged participants (including CITYNET member cities Makati, Muntinlupa, Seoul and Incheon) to plan new city-level DRR objectives and activities. CITYNET will work with UNISDR to further refine the campaign’s tools and make them even more relevant and accessible to CITYNET members. You can read more about the event here and discover more information about the campaign and the resources on offer through UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient website

Update: Training Course on Water and Sanitation in Climate Sensitive Cities

December 9-11 2013, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

CITYNET would like to express its deepest condolences to those Philippine islands struck by the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan.  As this tragedy demonstrated, resilient water systems are crucial to saving lives, preventing the spread of disease and the long-term rebuilding of communities. With this in mind, the ‘Training Course on Water and Sanitation in Climate Sensitive Cities’ from 9 – 11 December 2013 hosted by the City Government of Makati and organized in partnership with Seoul Metropolitan Government and UN-Habitat, introduced water managers from across the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Nepal to the policies and technologies required for effective water supply and treatment in areas prone to climatic extremes.

Seoul Metropolitan Government outlined the water purification methods, wastewater treatment processes and environmental policies which have seen the city set new international standards in water management. The workshop also took the opportunity to gather information from those participant cities for the 2013 Asian Sanitation Data Book – a joint publication by CITYNET, UN-Habitat and the Asian Development Bank devised to recover some of the data gaps in the water and sanitation sector.

Three days of technical sessions, discussions, data benchmarking exercises and site visits to Manila Water’s sewerage treatment facilities culminated in participants drafting water and sanitation action plans for their respective cities. The actions cited included an increase in 2014 budget allocations to water quality analysis, a higher installation rate of septic tanks and toilet facilities for low income households and the introduction of lessons on water, sanitation and hygiene into elementary schools.

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Participants of the Water and Sanitation in Climate Sensitive Cities training course

Update: Training Course on Eco-Industrial Clusters

December 2-4 2013
Tokyo, Japan

Many Asian economies are still struggling to manage the negative impacts of their industrial areas. Yet, the grouping of related economic actors into ‘Eco-Industrial Clusters’ has the potential to address environmental burdens and yield mutually productive advantages. To help policy makers find ways to achieve this, the Asian Development Bank Institute, CITYNET and Kawasaki City organized an intensive training course for 32 senior officials from City Governments and National Ministries of Environment and Industry from 14 different Asian nations.

Structured into a series of information sessions followed by break-out discussions and group exercises, participants learned to identify the policies, technologies and financing mechanisms required for boosting the ecological performance, economic competitiveness and social inclusiveness of industrial areas. The final day’s field visit to Kawasaki Eco-Town showcased realistic ways of looking beyond simple manufacturing and cultivating green growth.

A number of commitments were made by participants to immediately enact new eco-industrial measures in their home countries. Pledges included renewed efforts to mainstream environmental policy across different line Ministries and the establishment of city-level research institutions to collate, review and lobby for improved eco-policy.

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Participants engage in a group exercise.

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Participants visit a paper recycling facility in Kawasaki Eco-Town.

Water and Sanitation in Climate Sensitive Cities

December 9 – 11 2013, Makati, Philippines

The need for communities to have effective water treatment technologies and practical sanitation methods is rarely more aptly demonstrated than following an extreme climatic event. To help the Philippines recuperate from the environmental, financial and social devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan and extend the lessons learned to water managers in other similarly at-risk areas, CITYNET, Makati City, Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) and UN-Habitat will hold a three-day training course entitled “Water and Sanitation in Climate Sensitive Cities”.

Water and sanitation professionals from local authorities, private service providers, NGOs and international agencies are invited to Makati City, Philippines from December 9 – 11 to partake in a series of technical sessions, role plays, group work and site visits pertaining to the policies and technologies required for effective water supply and treatment.

The training course will also provide participants the opportunity to consolidate and evaluate information for the 2013 edition of the Asian Sanitation Data Book, a joint publication by UN-Habitat, the Asian Development Bank and CITYNET designed to satisfy those information gaps hindering implementing agencies’ ability to raise sanitation standards.

Please contact Toby Roycroft at programs1[at] for further information.

Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in San Fernando City and Metro La Union Seminar

December 12-17, 2013
City of San Fernando, La Union, Philippines

This six-day training course is designed to introduce local farmers in Metro La Union to organic agriculture practice, with a special focus on Korean Natural Farming (NF), a branch of sustainable agriculture practice in more than 30 countries. In addition to providing a platform for solidarity and exchange of information among farmers, the workshop will provide practical knowledge about the details of the methodology as well as information concerning the logistics involved with the transition, such as accreditation, certification, and labeling of organic products.

Natural Farming utilizes natural resources made locally by farmers themselves with natural farm by-products, aided by locally available indigenous microorganisms instead of herbicides and pesticides. Natural farming can result in more nutrient-rich agricultural products with higher productivity and minimum cost/labor by maximizing nature’s potential.

CITYNET has invited experts from the renowned J. Farming Institute in Korea, including the Founder and Chairman J. Han Kyu, who originally introduced Natural Farming in 1967, to provide intensive NF training.

The training seminar will provide government officials and NF practitioners in the Philippines with the valuable opportunity to discuss the status, challenges, and achievements of sustainable agriculture in the Philippines and stimulate discussion on the practical aspects of converting to organic natural farming.

Please see the full schedule below and contact Toby Roycroft at programs1[at] for more details.

Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in San Fernando City and Metro La Union Brochure and Schedule

KLRTC 28: Increasing Corporate Profitability and Sustainability Through Safety & 3Rs Program

Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Centre 28: December 5-6, 2013

Rapid urbanization and industrialization in many societies have resulted in changing of human livelihoods. The need for more material wealth also brings more waste, which causes problems of water pollution, air pollution and solid waste. Solid waste created by human activities is a growing fire hazard and serious problem for our environment.

The Kuala Lumpur Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government is leading the region by implementing a 2+1 system of waste management. This system collects mixed waste twice per week and sorted recyclables once per week. The KLRTC 28 seminar will greatly enhance the implementation of the Ministry’s policies and help the nation achieve a greener and more productive waste management system.

The seminar will focus on hotels, hospital, commercial complexes and high rise buildings from the point of safety and how the 3Rs, reduce, reuse, and recycle, can help mitigate financial losses.

This two-day seminar will greatly benefit all the local authorities nationwide as it will address common fire hazards in commercial buildings and will demonstrate how proper waste management systems can immediately mitigate these hazards while promoting safe and green values.

The Retailers Association, Fire Association and the Fire Department of Kuala Lumpur and other relevant agencies will be engaged to implement the safety and green aspects and also to create green recyclers in commercial complexes and high rise buildings.


  • Update on the latest Fire Hazards Abatement strategies and Effective control on waste resource recovery to maximize profits for owners
  • How to enhance safety in work place and create fire safety awareness through the efficient management of fire risks, waste recycling and fire certification
  • How to UPDATE your Emergency Response Plan (ERP)
  • Learn how to maximize your waste into resources and profits
  • Hands on Learning on how to identify the value of each waste

2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress: Highlights and Outcomes

CITYNET Seoul General Council
CITYNET wrapped up the 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress on November 6, 2013, bringing together over 30 mayors, 20 multi-lateral organizations, and 300 people from 75 cities to collaborate on the most pressing urban development issues facing the Asia Pacific region.

There were many highlights during the Congress, including the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), discussions exploring the theme of “Innovative Solutions for People-Friendly Cities”, and presentations on best practices to make cities more sustainable and resilient.

To see some of these moments, you can:

  • See photos of last week on our Flickr page
  • Download presentations and best practices
  • Read about the Congress in the news
  • Check our YouTube page for videos (coming soon!)
  • If you weren’t able to make it last week, please know that we welcome further collaboration, conversations, and partnerships as the Seoul Secretariat builds on the momentum of the Congress to create effective urban change in 2014.

UNITAR CIFAL Jeju Sustainable Waste Workshop

CITYNET Partner, UNITAR CIFAL Jeju is holding the “Capacity Building for Sustainable Waste Management in the Asia-Pacific Region to Promote Eco-Town Model and Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM)” from 10-12 December 2013 in Osaka, Japan.

Kindly note that the application deadline is 8 November (Fri) 2013 and the late submission is not accepted.

There are two key dynamics confronting local authorities in developing countries today: increasing decentralisation and growing urbanization, now coupled with pressures for greener growth. A transversal theme that can address the challenges while ensuring local actors to accumulate the knowledge, skills, and technologies for making green cities, is the strengthening of governance through effective capacity development. Urban centres in developing countries are seeing rapid growth in the generation of waste including waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) or electronic waste (E-waste), waste agricultural biomass, and waste plastics. Effective and efficient management of waste including the application of 3Rs is an essential element for promoting sustainable patterns of consumption and production, and behavioural change.

Eco-towns refer to an urban planning and environmental management approach where industries located in the designated area pursue synergies in resource utilization, waste management, environmental preservation, and promotion of industrial and economic development. The eco-town approach enhances productivity and simultaneously reduces the negative impacts on the environment through tools, techniques and technologies adopted for the purpose.

This capacity building training workshop while promoting the importance of effective waste management will provide:

i) an opportunity for countries in the Asia-pacific region to build capacities in waste management through eco-town concepts

ii) a platform to exchange in-depth learning from experts in waste management and to share good practices among participants

iii) a venue for country-to-country or city-to-city cooperation in formulating and implementing waste management strategies

The objective of the training programme is to contribute to enhanced sustainable urban development and to promote eco-town model and Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) in the developing countries in Asia-Pacific region, particularly least developed countries.

For more information see the workshop agenda and application form.

2013 CITYNET Young Professionals Congress

DSC_0520CITYNET proudly staged the first CITYNET Young Professionals Congress on Saturday, October 12 at the Seoul Global Center. The CITYNET Young Professionals (CYP), a voluntary body of students and recent graduates committed to urban sustainability, have spent the last three months harnessing the CITYNET network to conduct innovative research on: Multicultural Education Policy, Young North Korean Refugees, Green Solid Waste Management, and Transport Oriented Development. With an Expert Panel including representatives from The Asia Foundation, The Korea Transport Institute, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul National University and Mulmangcho School, the Congress gave CYP members an opportunity to showcase their findings, receive constructive feedback from industry leaders and engage in lively discussion. The research team deemed by the Expert Panel to have banded together to produce the most robust, original and relevant paper and presentation, will receive the CYP 2013 Award at the CYP program’s official launch during the CITYNET Seoul Congress 2013 in November.

As the importance of engaging today’s youth (and tomorrow’s city leaders) in the challenges facing cities is only set to inch up the political agenda, CITYNET is looking forward to working with the inaugural CYP members to increase the membership, activities and geographic spread of this program in 2014.