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    2018 KRIHS-ADB Workshop on Sustainable Urban Development Policy & Practice

    ​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.
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    2018 KRIHS-KOICA Capacity Development Program on National Territorial Policy responding to Climate Change

    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.
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    Technical Deep Dive on Managing Urban Expansion in Mega-Metropolitan Area

    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.
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    IDB-KRIHS 5th Annual Workshop & MOU Signing Ceremony

    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.
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    WB-KRIHS 6th Annual Workshop

    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.
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    2017 Knowledge & Experience Sharing Program of Korean Infrastructure Development For High-Level Officials: Urban Regeneration Study Tour for Senior Government Officials from Afghanistan

    2017 Knowledge &Experience Sharing Program of Korean Infrastructure Development For High-Level Officials: Urban Regeneration Study Tour for Senior Government Officials from Afghanistan     Theme: Sharing Korean Experiences in Urban Infrastructure
Development Date: October 23(Mon) ~ 27(Fri) for 5 days Venue: Ruby (22F), Maple (4F), The Plaza Hotel, Seoul/ Conference Room (3F), KRIHS, Sejong The Global Development Partnership Center (GDPC) at the Korean Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) held the ‘2017 Knowledge &Experience Sharing Program of Korean Infrastructure Development For High-Level Officials’ from October 23(Mon) – 27(Fri) at Ruby hall (22F) at the Plaza hotel in Seoul. The participants are 10 high-level government officials from Afghanistan and 1 World Bank staff. The aim of this workshop is to share knowledge and experiences in the field of Korean urban infrastructure development and to discuss how to apply them to the country.  
   In the opening ceremony, participants were Ajmal Khan Shams, the director of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, Abdul Baqi Popal, the deputy minister of the Independent Directorate of Local Governance, Ahmad Jawid Tahiri, the deputy minister of Afghanistan Land Authority, Mawluddin Popal, the director of Urban Regeneration, Humayoun Faiz, the director of Plan and Policy, Ahmad Zaki Zaki, the director of Urban Planning, Abdul Sami Abdurahimazai, the project director, Salma Alokozai, the advisor to Deputy Minister Finance  and Dr. Hyoung Gun Wang, the senior economist of SAR, GPSURP of the World Bank.   In the opening speech, Dongju Kim, the President of KRIHS stressed the importance of urban infrastructure development and mutual cooperation to share knowledge for sustainable urban development, which can be utilized in Afghanistan. In addition, he encouraged Afghanistan to make following projects by sharing experiences under this program.   For 5 days, this program includes lectures, business meeting and relevant field trips for sharing a variety of experiences relevant to urban regeneration, land, housing development and urban and environmental infrastructure development. Also it is expected that this workshop would become a good opportunity among Korea, Afghanistan, and WB to develop strong relationship and continuous cooperation for the future.