2018 KRIHS-IDB Urban Development Academy (KIUDA) : Opening ceremony for the invitation program for high-ranking government officials from Latin America hosted by KRIHS and IDB Date: Oct 15, 2018 Venue: Lotte Hotel, Seoul Theme: Opening ceremony for the invitation program for high-ranking government officials from Latin America hosted by KRIHS and IDB The Global Development Partnership Center (GDPC) of the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) hosted the opening ceremony of KRIHS-IDB Urban Development Academy (KIUDA) for 17 high-level officials from 11 countries, jointly designed by the KRIHS and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Lotte Hotel in Seoul. This workshop is the fourth of the 3-year program jointly organized KRIHS and IDB. The KIUDA has dual meaning, which is to “build” solid relationship between Korea and LAC countries and “build” potential and capacity of urban development by knowledge exchange. Among the participants in the program were the Vice Minister of Ministry of Habitat and Local Development in Dominique, the Executive President of National Institute of Housing and Urban Development in Costa Rica, the Commissioner of National Commission of Housing and Human Settlements in Honduras and other 14 high-ranking officials from 11 countries. In the opening ceremony, the President of the KRIHS, Hyunsoo Kang suggested introducing Korea's experiences and strategies and sharing LAC countries’ knowledge and advice in urban sector, emphasizing rapid urbanization in both Korea and LAC countries. Also he highlighted this program will be a good chance to explore new ideas beyond the political, social, and institutional differences between Korea and LAC countries. The senior specialist in IDB Andres Blanco welcomed Peru and Ecuador as new members in the 4TH KIUDA program and suggested active participation to find applicable solutions to each country considering Korea best practices. In addition, he encouraged to discuss cooperative measures among IDB, KRIHS and participant countries. On behalf of the government guests, the deputy mayor of Panama City, Juan Vasquez and the Vice Minister of Dominica, Sina del Rosario extended expectation and appreciation to KRIHS and IDB, who organized the program. Afterwards, the director of the GDPC in KRIHS, Sehoon Park introduced research agendas and achievements of GDPC and suggested topics and areas where mutual collaboration and cooperation would be pursued in the future. Andres Blanco addressed the implications from Korea's development and how they would be applied to LACs and mentioned that the areas including Korea’s territorial plan, new town policy, free economic zone and smart city should be discussed and shared through the KIUDA program. In addition, previous fruitful outcome from cooperation between KRIHS and LAC countries was introduced. After the opening ceremony, the senior advisor of the KRIHS, Sungsu Choi introduced Korea's experience on economic and territorial development process, and the director of KRIHS, Wonsup Lee explained Korea’s territorial development frame and its history and strategies. During the Q&A session, participants asked questions on Korean territorial development process relevant to each country issues. During the country report presentation session, LAC countries addressed current status and challenges of each country in the urban sector. Most of the LAC countries pointed the common problems of reckless development and its side effects responding to rapid urbanization, and frequently emphasized sustainable urban development planning. During the coming 4-day program with lectures, site visits and discussions, KRIHS, IDB and LAC countries are going to share Korea’s territorial planning, urban and housing development experiences and discuss measures for the future cooperation. It is expected that this program would be a great opportunity to develop strong mutual cooperation.
2018 KRIHS-ADB Sustainable Urban Development Policy & Practice: Opening Ceremony Date: June 25 (Mon), 2018, 10:30 AM Venue: Main Hall (2F), KRIHS Theme: Opening Ceremony for 2018 KRIHS-KOICA Capacity Development Program on National Territorial Policy responding to Climate Change The Global Development Partnership Center (GDPC) at the Korean Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) held the opening ceremony for ‘2018 KRIHS-ADB Sustainable Urban Development Policy & Practice’ from September 3 (Mon) to 7 (Fri) at the Plaza in Seoul. The participants are 12 government officials from 6 Asian countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Georgia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka and 7 ADB staffs. This joint workshop is to share Korea knowledge and experience in the field of urban and territorial policy, urban disaster management, and smart cities and discuss how to apply them to each participant country. In the opening ceremony, Jinkyu Chung, the Director of KRIHS highlighted the importance of urban management responding to rapid urbanization and mutual cooperation to share knowledge for sustainable development, which can be utilized for policy development and management. In addition, he encouraged participating countries and ADB to make following projects by sharing experiences and developing policy consultation under this program. The senior urban development specialist of ADB, Christian Walder introduced major projects in the ADB urban development sector and suggested active participation of each country. This program includes lectures, discussions and relevant site-visits for sharing a variety of Korean experience and exploring future collaborations among Korea, Asian countries, and ADB. Also it is expected that this workshop would become a great opportunity to develop strong cooperative relationship and continuous cooperation with Asian countries and ADB.
2018 KRIHS-KOICA Capacity Development Program on National Territorial Policy responding to Climate Change Date: June 25 (Mon), 2018, 10:30 AM Venue: Main Hall (2F), KRIHS Theme: Opening Ceremony for 2018 KRIHS-KOICA Capacity Development Program on National Territorial Policy responding to Climate Change The Global Development Partnership Center (GDPC) of the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) held the opening ceremony for 2018 Capacity Development Program on National Territorial Policy responding to Climate Change at the main hall of KRIHS in June 25. The workshop supervised by KOICA and hosted by KRIHS is the third of the 3-year long capacity building workshop from 2016 and it is going to be held at KRIHS in Sejong and KOICA in Pangyo. From June 25 (Mon) to July 11 (Wed) for 21 days, this program is aimed to exchange knowledge on Korea’s national territorial policy responding to climate change and find implications applying to participants countries. Among 25 participant are 18 government officials from 5 Asian countries, Lao, Mongolia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam and 7 staff from KRIHS. In the opening ceremony, the president of the KRIHS, Dongju Kim delivered welcoming remarks and the director of Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Kumarawadu Sanjeewanl Apsara Mendis gave a speech in response. In following, the Associate Research Fellow, Yehyun An delivered introduction of KRIHS and GDPC, and the Assistant Research Fellow, Siyeon Kim organized orientation session. The program includes seminars on Korea’s national territorial development plan, land information system, water and waste management, national climate information system and urban risk analysis and management. Also relevant site visits are included such as Sejong Government Complex, Sejong City Integrated Information Center, Seoul Transport Operation & Information System, Seoul Waterworks Museum, Chenggyecheon Museum, Gangnam Resource Recovery Facility and so on. During this program, intensive cooperation is expected to be pursued by high level officials meetings and Biz Meetings as well as by sharing Korean urban infrastructure development knowledge and experiences responding to climate change.
Technical Deep Dive on Managing Urban Expansion in Mega-Metropolitan Area Theme: Managing Urban Expansion in Mega-Metropolitan Area Date: December 14(Thurs)-16(Sat), 2017 Venue: Lotte Hotel Seoul, Garnet Hall(37th), Bell-vue Hall (36th) The Global Development Partnership Center(GDPC) at the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements(KRIHS) held the joint workshop titled ‘Technical Deep Dive on Managing Urban Expansion in Mega-Metropolitan Areas’ from December 14(Thu) to 16(Sat) at the Garnet Hall(37th) and Bell-vue Hall (36th) at the Lotte Hotel Seoul in Korea. The workshop was attended by about 50 policy practitioners and government officials from 10 countries, including D.R. Congo, South Africa, Vietnam, Indonesia, Turkey, Argentina, Egypt, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, World Bank Group (WBG) regional consultants and staffs. In accordance with the theme of the workshop ‘Managing Urban Expansion in Mega-Metropolitan Area’, participants exchanged Korea’s knowledge and experiences through lectures and field trips and discussed further challenges in participant countries and applicable measures to them. The joint workshop is taking place in two largest cities, Tokyo and Seoul, both of which have accumulated knowledge and experiences in managing challenges of urban expansion. At the same time, they employed quite different strategies and approaches so this workshop would be a good opportunity to compare their differences and distinctiveness. In the opening ceremony, Jewon Lee, the Vice Mayor for Administrative Affairs, Seoul Metropolitan Government and Dongju Kim, the President of KRIHS welcomed and set the agenda for Seoul. The Vice Mayor highlighted that after Korean war, Korea experienced rapid growth and achievement in a short term with the help of many countries and now it is time to share Korea’s best examples and know-hows with developing countries. The president of KRIHS encouraged to share Korean experiences on managing challenges of urban expansion through lectures and field trips and seek a clue to solutions to their present problems under discussion and action plans. During the lectures, Dr. Songsu Choi, the Senior Advisor at the KRIHS, explained history and summary of Korean policies on metropolitan region growth. Also Dr. Jaemin Song, the professor at the Seoul University introduced policies on development and regeneration of Seoul and Dr. Jeongho Moon, the Research Fellow at the KRIHS explained policies on development of large new towns and the regional transportation in Seoul Metropolitan Region. On the discussion session, based on thematic lectures and site visits taken in Korea and Japan, each group compared and analyzed cases of two countries. It was a meaningful time to reflect practical implications for responding to urban growth in individual country. On the action-plan presentations, participants shared implications, country issues and short, medium and long-term plans of the respective country. Also they discussed further projects to be cooperated with the World Bank, TDLC and KRIHS and other demands as well. After their presentation, panels from the organizations provided things to consider for the future collaboration and comments in order to build foundation to support participants to make medium-and long-term plan. At the closing ceremony led by Phil Karp, (Lead Knowledge Management Specialist, WB) all participants presented what they learned during the workshop, especially from development experiences of Korea and Japan. The Director of GDPC, KRIHS, Jinkyu Chung emphasized expanding knowledge sharing and policy consulting customized for each region’s need through triangle cooperation among World Bank-KRIHS-Partner nation. He also suggested to continually proceed various forms of further projects with partner countries and encouraged to find areas for better cooperation through sharing common interests including urban growth.
IDB-KRIHS 5th Annual Workshop & MOU Signing Ceremony Theme: Urban Innovative Policies and Cases Date : November 29, 2017 (Wed) Venue: Inter-American Development Bank(IDB) B-502/504 (Washington D.C.) The Global Development Partnership Center(GDPC) at the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements(KRIHS) held the ‘IDB-KRIHS 5th Annual Workshop’ on November 29(Wed) at the Inter-American Development Bank(IDB) in Washington D.C. The workshop is aimed to share cooperative activities and research outcome in the field of public places and explore continuous cooperation between KRIHS and IDB. About 40 people participated today’s workshop including the IDB staff and KRIHS delegation. In the opening ceremony, Tatiana Gallego Lizon, the Director of the Housing and Urban Development division at the IDB delivered welcoming remarks and Dong-Ju Kim, the President of the KRIHS delivered the opening speech. The president congratulated on renewal of MOU, which was firstly signed in 2012 to make fruitful outcome from cooerative activities in a variety of fields and also emphasized the importance of cooperaiton between the KRIHS-IDB. Andres Blanco, the Senior Slecialist at the IDB delivered presentation on outcome from cooperative activities including the KRIHS-IDB Urban Development Academy(KIUDA) program and Diana Motta, the Director of the Ministry of Cities, who participated in the KIUDA in 2017, highlighted on sharing outcome and continuous cooperation between Korea and Brazil. During the following session of Korea cases, Seongsu Kim, the Research Fellow of the KRIHS introduced policies on public spaces for urban vitalizaiton and the examples of Yonse-ro, Gyeong-ui Sup gil, Cheonggye Stream and Gusan Libraray. Yehyun An, the Associate Research Fellow of the KRIHS introduced methodology and existing cases to evaluate livability in urban streets and suggested seeking for applicable measures to Cities LAB of IDB. At the end of the workshop, Juan Pablo Bonilla, the Manager at the IDB's Climate Change and Sustainable Development Sector(CSD) and Dongju Kim, the president of the KRIHS signed the MOU between KRIHS and IDB. This is a renewal after 5 years since the first MOU was signed in 2012 and it is aimed to continue fuitful cooperative activities in urban and housing sector based on Korea’s policies and development expereinces. Also there was in-depth discussion to make business plans for the next year at the 4 business meetings from the day to the next day.
WB-KRIHS 6th Annual Workshop Theme: Enriching and Rejuvenating the City with Public Space Date: November 28, 2017 (Tue) Venue: World Bank HQ, MC 13-121 (13F) The Global Development Partnership Center(GDPC) at the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements(KRIHS) held the ‘WB-KRIHS 6th Annual Workshop’ on November 28(Tue) at the MC 13-121(13F) in the World Bank HQ in Washington D.C.. The workshop is aimed to share experiences and knowledge of the research and joint projects and explore continuous cooperation between KRIHS and WB. More than 40 people participated for today’s workshop including the WB staff and KRIHS delegation. In the opening ceremony, moderated by Jon Kher Kaw, the Senior Urban Specialist of WB, Anna Wellenstein, the Director of WB and Dong-Ju Kim, the President of KRIHS delivered the welcoming remarks. They both anticipated to share best practices on utilization of public spaces for enriching and rejuvenating the cities, and also seek for efficient implementation strategies for the developing countries through in-depth discussions with the World Bank specialists. In the first session, Peter Ellis, the Lead Urban Economist of WB briefly summarized the joint projects between KRIHS and WB for the last 6 years and introduced the theme of this year’s annual workshop. Total of 4 presentations were prepared by KRIHS and WB, under the theme of ‘Enriching and Rejuvenating the City with Public Space.’ The two presenters from KRIHS talked about the issues on Korean public space development policies by delivering 5 cases in Seoul and presented the research result of analyzing the livability of urban streets in Korea. The two presenters from the World Bank introduced ongoing public space projects in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Ningbo, China. During the round table session, following the presentations, participants shared a variety of issues on the role of the government for policy making and planning for public space development, compromising measures for stakeholders, utilization of high-tech facilities in planning of public spaces and public participation to develop applicable policy measures to developing countries. In the closing ceremony, Catalina Marulanda, the Practice Manager of WB, expected to continue this annual workshop and develop potential knowledge sharing programs to improve development cooperation and draw better solutions for developing countries.