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Workshop on Waste Management for Resilient Cities

Gunsan-si, Jeollabuk-do, Korea, 5~8 September 2016 (Mon~Thu)


Nowadays, it is increasingly important for cities, especially in the developing region, to be equipped with capacities to survive, adapt and grow whilst coping with unpredictable challenges posed by climate change, disaster events, rapid urbanization and the economic downturn. This means that cities will need to become more resilient in a sense that they can readily respond to and deal with abrupt shocks and stresses that emerge. Studies show that building urban resilience involves multiple interventions which encompass different perspectives, scales and entry points. There are seven factors which are believed to be contributing to cities’ resilience; they are disaster response, energy, food security, transport, urban planning, waste management and water management. [1]

Accordingly, it is important to properly manage waste within and effectively plan physical systems (i.e., infrastructure, technology etc.) of cities, if the cities are to function adequately as a safeguard protecting residents from possible future dangers and threats which are inevitable. However, much of the population in the Asia-Pacific region still lacks appropriate waste management strategies and city planning policies, and this is due to a fact that developing strategies and policies requires a multilateral effort which encompasses technical, institutional, financial, social and cultural challenges.[2] Other hindrances include the low priority given to waste and resilient city related issues and lack of awareness and knowledge among citizens.

This workshop represents an unparalleled opportunity for government officials and other key actors in the Asia-Pacific region to strengthen their capacities and knowledge in the practice of waste management and resilient city planning. Participants will not only improve their career opportunities, but also will expand the reach of their global network. In addition, the 6th UCLG ASPAC congress will be convened in parallel to benefit both the participants and the general public who want to understand about strategies for sustainable regional development, global issues and ways of cooperation.

Event objectives
Participants will learn about available waste management strategies as well as challenges and opportunities in implementing policies for resilient city planning. In addition, participants will gain knowledge for applying the multiple interventions concept in a multilateral context.

Event type

5~8 September 2016

Gunsan Saemangum Convention Center, Gunsan-si, Jeollabuk-do, Korea

• United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific (UCLG ASPAC)
• Jeollabuk-do

Targeted audience
This workshop is open to central and local government officials and other key actors from NGOs, institutions and private enterprises in the field of waste management and city planning. ※ persons working in the Asia-Pacific region only

The 6th UCLG ASPAC Congress

The workshop will include the following:

• topic 1: waste management and climate change
• topic 2: waste management and disaster response
• topic 3: waste management for resilient cities
• topic 4: resilient city planning (infrastructure, transport etc.)
• topic 5: green energy options for resilient cities

Learning objectives
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

• develop a comprehensive understanding of strategies, policies and technologies involved in waste management;
• recognize the challenges put forward to the international community by the lack of substantive and practical knowledge of resilient city planning;
• evaluate strengths and weaknesses related to waste management and city planning;
• examine the impact of the current waste management and city planning approaches on countries in the Asia-Pacific region; and
• propose reforms in the global waste management and city planning.

The workshop will be comprised of:

• the 6th UCLG ASPAC congress sessions (The 6th UCLG ASPAC Congress)
• lectures and presentations by experts
• group work and case study presentation
• UNITAR developed “CityShare” Methodology
• study visit

UNITAR-developed "CityShare methodology" will be used during the workshop.

The "CityShare methodology" aims at optimizing peer learning between local officials and other local stakeholders playing crucial roles in ensuring sustainable municipal development. The methodology consists of various processes of self-assessment, distillation, and transfer of challenges, lessons learned, and good practices between local stakeholders and resource persons. It is also composed of several tools to provide a common framework for the evaluation of experiences made by the participating cities and offer a common language for the exchange and assimilation of experiences, as well as a roadmap for action and progress.

When selected as a participant, you will be required to:

• submit necessary documents on time, i.e. , registration form etc.
• complete and submit pre-training readings and assignments, i.e. self-assessment, case study presentation, e-learning modules etc.
• actively participate in the workshop program
be fluent in written and spoken English

Course certificates
UNITAR and CIFAL Jeju will jointly issue a certificate upon completion of the workshop program.

How to apply
Send the following 7 documents to by 27 July 2016 (Wednesday):

※ Download forms and guidelines from UNITAR CIFAL Jeju
• Application
• Letter of nomination
• Letter of commitment
• Case study description (see guidelines)
• Acknowledgement, waiver and release of liability
• Consent to collection, usage and disclosure of personal information
• Curriculum vitae (CV)
※ Late application will not be accepted.

• Application without required documents will NOT be considered.
• Participation is subject to approval of the application by UNITAR CIFAL Jeju.
• Selected applicants will be notified individually.

Assistance with travel cost
• UNITAR CIFAL Jeju provides LIMITED financial assistance with the airfare to Gunsan-si, Jeollabuk-do, Korea (see the agenda).
• Local expenses (transportation, accommodation and meals) during the workshop will be covered by UNITAR CIFAL Jeju.
• All other expenses are the responsibility of the participants.

[2] Silva, J. D. (Ed.). (2012). Visions of a resilient city. Resilient Cities 2012 Competition Synthesis Paper.


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