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Integrated Urban Approach for Safer Cities

Safer Cities Knowledge Exchange Seminar

As part of the UN-Habitat’s Safer Cities Programme, UN-Habitat, Seoul Metropolitan Government and CityNet jointly organized the Knowledge Exchange Seminar on Urban Safety for Asian Cities in Seoul from November 17-19. This seminar has become a platform to introduce the Global Network on Safer Cities launched in 2012. 

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Announcements and Opportunities

CityNet’s 33rd Executive Committee Meeting and Seminar report
This year’s Executive Committee Meeting and international seminar Sidoarjo served as a meaningful knowledge exchange platform, bringing together city planners and decision makers across the Asia Pacific region to share their best practices and unique contributions to sustainable urbanisation. CityNet Secretariat has compiled a brief event report that you can read on CityNet web page.   More>>
Join the programme implementation of ISO 37120
CityNet and WCCD invite your city to join a select group of leading cities in a programme for implementation of ISO 37120, the new international standard for city indicators. This partnership is driving global action to develop and promote the use of standardized city performance indicators as a key platform for enabling cities to become more sustainable, resilient, prosperous, and inclusive.    More>>

Apply for Cities Clean Air Partnership initiative
Clean Air Asia invites five cities in Asia to take active part in the innovative City Certification Programme developed for its Cities Clean Air Partnership initiative. This programme will provide incentives for cities to progressively improve air quality year by year and is set to be launched for pilot implementation in 2016. 

Free online course on Management of Urban Infrastructure
CityNet’s partner, Innovative Government of Large Urban System (IGLUS), announces a free course on Management of Urban Infrastructure. This open online course will be released on February 16th, 2016. Participants can also write an optional case study to win a tuition waiver scholarship to the IGLUS professional training programme. 

Contribute to the special edition of CityVoices Spring/Summer 2016
CityNet Secretariat is calling its members to contribute a think piece to be published in the Special Edition of the biannual magazine, CityVoices, Spring/Summer issue 2016. This issue is going to be a special edition highlighting the successful projects or policies from CityNet member cities across the Asia Pacific region in summarizing various unique Asian perspectives on sustainable urbanisation. Contact the Secretariat at media@citynet-ap.org for further information.   

Network News

Beijing THHSCG learns from Seoul City case
On 26-27 November, representatives from Tsinghua Holdings Human Settlements Construction Group (THHSCG) visited Seoul city to learn the city’s knowledge in stream restoration project, particularly to help find the solution to black river cleaning and storm water management. This visit, facilitated by CityNet associate member World Resources Institute China, is expected to be a first step towards city-to-city and business to business cooperation between Chinese and Korean cities.  
Advisory Group Meeting of the Integrated Programme for Better Air Quality
Representing CityNet, Mr. Kim Sang Bum from University of Seoul participated in the Advisory Group Meeting of the Integrated Programme for Better Air Quality in Asia (IBAQ Programme) on 27 November 2015 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. This Advisory Group provided objective and strategic guidance on the design and implementation of the IBAQ Programme.    More>>

CityNet member in the South-South cooperation on climate change meeting
The Head of World Resource Institute China, Ms. Lailai Li, participated in the consultative meeting on South-South cooperation on climate change on 13 November 2015 in Beijing. The meeting convened experts from the governments, the UN, academic and civil society. Also on behalf of CityNet, Ms. Lailai worked together with all participants to explore concrete approaches to further strengthen South-South cooperation on climate change. 
Urban Thinkers Campus - Health and Wellbeing in the City We Need
EAROPH is partnering with United Nations University – International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) to host an Urban Thinkers Campus on health and wellbeing in Kuching, Malaysia from 24-27 January 2016. The Urban Thinkers Campus is a platform to build consensus between participants that are engaged in proposing solutions for the urban future. 

Future of Cities Forum event report
Initiated by World Future Council, the Future of Cities Forum 2015 was held in China and focused on the role of cities in the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda and the Habitat III-“New Urban Agenda”. Find out more about their activities through the presentation from the Future of Cities Forum.    

Uraia Platform’s first publication launched
CityNet’s partner, Uraia Platform has launched their first publication 'Public-Private Partnerships for SMART City Management: Recommendations for local governments to prepare and implement SMART PPPs'. This document is a result of the discussions hold during the first capacity-building workshop that took place in June 2015, and is now available in English and French. 
San Fernando receives 2015 Palladium Hall of Fame
CityNet member city, San Fernando, received the Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame award from Palladium for performance governance system. The Hall of Fame honours organisations that have achieved outstanding performance results using the Balanced Scorecard, a strategy management framework created by Drs. Robert Kaplan and David Norton. Congratulations to San Fernando! 
Our cities, our future
Cities are currently responsible for more than 70% of the global greenhouse gas emissions. As a response, governments, communities and businesses in Asian cities developed a number of eco-city projects. Find out more on our latest blog.    

CityNet Yokohama Project Office

Vietnamese delegation studies Yokohama’s culture, sports and tourism initiatives
Representatives from the national and local governments of Vietnam, academe and the media visited Yokohama for Human Resources Training and Development in Culture Sport and Tourism Activities as a part of their training in Japan. 

2nd group of CBARAD-II undergoes crisis management training
The training for the members of Component I (CDRRMC) was held in Yokohama from October 26 – November 2, 2015. The main project objective for Component 1 group is to strengthen the capacity of CDRRMC / CDRRMO. 

Simulation exercise for large scale disaster response in Iloilo
The simulation exercise conducted by Yokohama and Iloilo was part of CBARAD-II activities. All members of the Iloilo CDRRMC participated in an intensive training to test the coordination capacity and to understand the roles and responsibilities of each individual in the council.   
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