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Climate Resilient Urban Infrastructure: From Understanding to Implementation

June 2, 2016

Are Asian cities fully equipped with the comprehension and know-how in preparing infrastructure investments aimed at gaining ground on climate change adaptation and resilience? For most, the answer is no. In response to this gap, the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) collaborated with the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore Environment Institute and USAID Adapt Asia Pacific to deliver a 5-day course on “Urban Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience.”

Held in Singapore from May 23-27, 2016, it brought together local government officials from the cities of San Jose del Monte and Tuguegarao in the Philippines, Balikpapan and Tanjungpinang in Indonesia, Surat in India, Rajshahi in Bangladesh and the province of Punjab in Pakistan.

ICLEI Tweets CDIA Social Development Specialist’s Conference Talk

May 31, 2016

On 19 May 2016, ICLEI tweeted about the Municipal Finance Conference, featuring a talk on Asian Cities by Eva Ringhof, CDIA’s Social Development Specialist. She said “Smart cities need sustainable ideas but also a mix of funding resources to realize them.” Check out ICLEI’s tweet!

Contract Award Announcement

May 27, 2016

Project Name : Pre-Feasibility Study of Integrated Elderly Care Public-Private Partnership Pilot Project in Yichang City
Name of Consultant : WATERMAN HONG HONGK CO. LTD.
Address : Room 2108, 21/F Tesbury Center, 28 Queen’s Rod East, Wanchai. Hong Kong
Amount of Contract : US$ 309,986.67
Date of Contract : 03-Mar-16

Brown Bag: Opportunities For Heritage-led Urban Regeneration in Myanmar

May 24, 2016

A Brown Bag on Heritage Works: Opportunities for Heritage-led Urban Regeneration in Myanmar’s Old Capital Yangon will be held on Wednesday, 25 May 2015, 10 A.M. Room 4654E at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila.

Ms. Ester van Steekelenburg, Founder of Urban Discovery, and Ms. Eri Honda, ADB Principal Urban Development Specialist, will share insights of tools that focus on precinct heritage and building preservation while increasing competitiveness and enhancing living conditions based on the a pilot study in Yangon’s historic core.

ADB Publication GrEEEn Solutions for Livable Cities Mentions CDIA

May 17, 2016

ADB’s March 2016 publication “GrEEEn Solutions for Livable Cities” mentions CDIA several times in the context of infrastructure financing and the CIIPP toolkit:

“Cities in Asia seeking advice on linking such planning activities with actual infrastructure financing have been supported by the Cities
Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA). This kind of city–development agency partnership enters at the stage between planning and
project feasibility, in order to realistically assess what investment projects are feasible and most strongly aligned with a city’s development needs, while having positive impacts on the economy, environment, and equity of a city. In addition to this prioritization of infrastructure investments (City Infrastructure Investment Programming and Prioritization [CIIPP] Toolkit), CDIA undertakes prefeasibility studies and advises city managers on how they can strengthen their projects’ readiness for financing.”

Upcoming CDIA Training Course: Linking To Finance

May 16, 2016

Linking Urban Infrastructure Investments to Financing 3-Day Training Course, 27-29 July 2016 Surabaya, Indonesia As local and regional governments are now being entrusted with leading their cities towards achieving the SDGs, it is highly relevant to provide them with a better understanding of financing mechanisms. With this in mind, CDIA in cooperation with national and […]

New Finance and Admin Head Joins CDIA

May 12, 2016

Mr. Nicholas Tendai van Eckert has joined CDIA as Head of Finance and Administration effective 17 April 2016. After joining the Finance Competence Center of the Africa Department at GIZ Germany in 2010 he worked with GIZ Thailand and GIZ Malaysia before joining GIZ in the Philippines.

Towards Inclusive Cities In Asia Symposium Report Now Available

May 12, 2016

Click here to read the Report of the Regional Symposium ‘Towards Inclusive Cities in Asia’ which was held in New Delhi on 23-24 February 2016.

The working groups came up with a set of Recommendations for the New Urban Agenda and Habitat III process leading to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

HABITAT III Releases Zero Draft Of The New Urban Agenda

May 11, 2016

On 6 May, UN-Habitat released the zero draft of the New Urban Agenda, in view of the Habitat III – United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development Conference, which will be held in Quito, Ecuador in October. The New Urban Agenda will guide the efforts of nation states, city and regional leaders, international development funders, United Nations programs and civil society for the next 20 years. The final version will be the outcome document agreed upon at the Conference. Click here to view.

BMZ Video Features CDIA’s Work With Naga City, Philippines

May 10, 2016

A BMZ-produced video, shown for the first time last week in Frankfurt as part of the BMZ City of Sustainability Events at the ADB Annual Meeting, features CDIA’s work with Naga City, Philippines, on revitalizing the Naga River. Click here to watch the video.

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