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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.

BMZ, SECO, and CDIA Hold Linking To Finance Side Event In Frankfurt

May 10, 2016


As a side event to the 49th Asian Development Bank General Meeting, 2-5 May in Frankfurt, BMZ, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), and CDIA held a discussion forum on 2 May at the City of Sustainability Forum at the ADB General Meeting. Organized by BMZ and SECO, the discussion aimed to reflect on the ins and outs of linking cities to finance with representatives from local governments, financing institutions, private sector.

New CDIA Video Features Asian Cities And Their Journey With CDIA

April 29, 2016


Created, narrated, filmed and produced by the CDIA Team members and partners, this “home-made” video shows how Asian cities, with support from CDIA, are taking steps to provide infrastructure and services to an expected 1 billion more people in Asia in the next 20 years. Watch it here.

World Cities Summit 2016: Livable And Sustainable Cities: Innovative Cities Of Opportunity

April 28, 2016


Registration for the World Cities Summit 2016 is now open! Register today at before the Early Bird discount ends.
More importantly, register early to get on board the Connect@WCS platform where you will be able to make appointments to meet other participants at the Summit – speakers, mayors, senior policy makers, industry leaders, and many more. For Registration Enquiries, please email:

The World Cities Summit (WCS) is the exclusive and premier platform for government leaders and industry experts to address liveable and sustainable city challenges, share integrated urban solutions and forge new partnerships. The 5th edition of this biennial event will be held in conjunction with the Singapore International Water Week and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore on 10 – 14 July 2016 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Click here for the brochure.

CDIA Capacity Development And Training Courses 2016 Brochure Now Online

April 12, 2016


Dear CDIA partners and colleagues,

Greetings from Manila! We are happy to announce that the CDIA Capacity Development and Training Courses e-Brochure for 2016 is now available online!

Celebrating the CDIA Annual Theme 2016 of “Partnerships for Financing Urban Development”, you will find a series of courses offered by CDIA across different themes, ranging from Cities and Climate Change and Inclusive Cities to multiple financing modules offered throughout the year. Courses listed in the attached brochure are also available as Training of Trainers, as well as tailored to the needs of the city upon request. For further inquiry, please feel free to contact us at

What’s Going On, Yangon?

April 12, 2016


In June 2015 , CDIA deployed a team of planners, architects and economists to help the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) and the Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT) define tools and instruments for heritage-led regeneration initiative in selected pilot areas in the city’s historic core. Click here for the updated executive summary of this heritage-led urban regeneration pilot project in downtown Yangon.

Does Your City Have A Climate Resilience Strategy Or A Climate Action Plan But Lost On How To Proceed?

April 4, 2016


To address the specific gap between a City Resilience Strategy (CRS) or climate action plan and the identification of financing for project implementation, CDIA and The Rockefeller Foundation collaborated with financiers, planners, and pilot cities in Asia to create a “project screening checklist” for the quality control of CRS from the perspective of potential investors. The tool is free, however, CDIA requests that you acknowledge the authors for use of the material if the output are to be presented in print and/or in events. For enquiries, you may write to

Financing For Development Conference in Mexico City: Project Preparation Is Crucial In Linking Cities To Finance

March 28, 2016


In the run up to the Habitat III conference of the United Nations in Quito 2016, the Financing for Development Conference was held in Mexico City from 9-11 March 2016. With the theme “Financing urban development: the Millennium challenge”, about 300 participants gathered to discussed aspects on how urban development can actually be financed in the coming years and how cities themselves might better access financial resources for sustainable urban development. Click here for the Habitat III Mexico City Declaration.

Within the main conference program, the global city network C40 in cooperation with the German Development Cooperation, namely GIZ, organized the well-attended side event “Mobilizing Finance and Strengthening City Capacities for Transformative Low-Carbon and Resilient Urban Development.” The event featured, among others, the newly established C40 Climate Financing Facility (C40 CFF) which aims to support global cities in project preparation, as well as CDIA, which provides vital support to medium-sized Asian cities in project preparation and linking to finance transaction services since 2007.

CDIA Office Opens In ADB HQ

March 22, 2016


On 17 March 2016, on the occasion of the 16th CDIA Program Review Committee Meeting, German Ambassador to the Philippines Thomas Ossowski and Carmela Locsin, Director General of the Sustainable Development & Climate Change Department (SDCC) in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) opened the new office of CDIA in the ADB headquarters in Manila. The ceremony was also graced by Mr. Gil Hong Kim (ADB SDCC Senior Director) and Mrs. Jutta Kranz-Plote (BMZ Head of Asia Division), further CDIA Program Review Committee-members from Austria and Sweden, as well as representatives of KfW and GIZ Germany.

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