In this year’s Meeting, CityNet approved twelve new member cities across Asia from the Philippines, Nepal, Malaysia, Mongolia, Iran, and the Republic of Korea. In addition, five organizations also admitted to join the network. This is part of the network’s strategy of expanding the regional cooperation in order to optimize the results of its work.
In conjunction with the program evaluation and planning, CityNet also launched the first draft of their study and survey findings focusing on the “Smart Needs in Urban Mobility, Ecomobility, Walkability, Emissions, and Smartness” in collaboration with the Korea Associates Business Consultancy. The survey was structured to give a city profile mobility, walking and cycling, emissions and smartness and future plans and policies. One of the recommendation deriving from this study is that cities need shared experiences from their peers and expert advice from the more advanced cities. This is where the role of city network like CityNet comes into play, to facilitate their city-to-city cooperation in urban development.
The CityNet Secretary General Vijay Jagannathan, therefore, proposed the solutions by creating a technical working group for city-to-city cooperation or leadership group in which some of our more advanced developing country cities commit to partner with Seoul and Yokohama to engage actively in promoting sustainable urbanization among our members by sharing our knowledge, technical expertise, and encouraging B2B investments.