NEWS & EVENTS

  • ASEAN Smart City Development Cooperation Forum

    ASEAN Smart City Development Cooperation Forum Date: September 8 (Wed), 2021 2 pm - 5 pm Venue: Exhibition Hall 1, KINTEX (Room 306 & 307) Theme: WSCE 2021 ASEAN Smart City Development Cooperation Forum On Wednesday, September 8, the Global Development Partnership Center and the Korea Peninsula & East Asia Research Center ofthe Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) held the ‘ASEAN Smart City Development Cooperation Forum’ jointly with the Presidential Committee on New Southern Policy and the World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO). This event is a special session of the 5th World Smart City Expo (WSCE), Korea's largest international exposition on smart city hosted by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) and the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) and sponsored by the Presidential Committee on New Southern Policy. Given the COVID-19 situation, the session was held in a hybrid on-line and off-line format with minimum off-line attendance and the on-line participation of overseas speakers and the general audience. Under the theme of “Cooperation Plan for the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) through ODA,” the forum brought together Korean and global smart city experts from the public and private sectors, including officials from government agencies, research institutes, and international organizations, where they shared the trend of global cooperation on smart cities among ASEAN countries and discussed measures to implement the cooperation plan for smart city development through ODA. The forum kicked off with congratulatory remarks by Hyun Soo Kang, president of KRIHS; Byung-Hwa An, deputy secretary general of the Presidential Committee on New Southern Policy; and Nazri Haji Yusof, permanent secretary of the Brunei Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications(MTIC), followed by topic presentations given by three smart city experts from Thailand and Korea, and a panel discussion by six experts from home and abroad. In the topic presentation session, global trends and examples of ASEAN smart cities were presented by three speakers on different topics: Non A, senior expert in smart city promotion at Thailand's Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA), on "ASEAN Smart City Developmentand Global Cooperation Trajectory"; Seolah Bang, associate research fellow of KRIHS, on "ASEAN-Korea Smart City Development Cooperation Plan"; and In Hyun Jeon, general manager at the Korea Land and Housing Corporation(LH), on "Funding Models for Smart City Development: ODA and Joint-venture Investment." After the presentations, Sang Keon Lee, director of the Global Development Partnership Center, moderated a panel discussion with Melinda Martinus, lead researcher at the National University of Singapore; Myounggu Kang, professor at the University of Seoul; Eunbyul Cho, programmanager at WeGO; Miyoung Seo, deputy director at the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and Seoung-Su Kim, director at the Presidential Committeeon New Southern Policy. The panelists actively discussed the importance of smart cities in ASEAN development cooperation, Vietnam's smart city ODA program, and the role of international organizations like WeGO and governments' policy support for smart city cooperation. In the face of the growing demand for ASEAN-Korea cooperation in smart city development, this forum provided a meaningful opportunity to discuss cooperation and policy support across sectors, including governments, cities, businesses, and research, and to share diverse ways of cooperation with ASEAN for smart city development. The VOD of the forum will be uploaded on the official YouTube channel of the Korea Research Institute forHuman Settlements. [Photo description: The ASEAN Smart CityDevelopment Cooperation Forum was held on September 8 at Room 306 & 307,Exhibition Hall 1, KINTEX]
  • GDPC 10th Anniversary Webinar

    GDPC 10th Anniversary Webinar Date: December 3 (Thur), 2020 Venue: KRIHS, Sejong, Korea GDPC was established ten years ago on December 30, 2011. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the center, GDPC held an Webinar on December 3, 2020. KRIHS President, Hyun Soo Kang delivered a congratulatory address and said, “I hope GDPC will continue the new andinnovative adventure to share Korea’s territorial development experience and knowledge accumulated by KRIHS.” Director of GDPC, Sehoon Park gave an opening remark, saying, “On the knowledge exchange platform built through GDPC’s ten years of activities, GDPC will nurture the value of the cooperation and trust with global communities.” Mr. Sameh Naguib Wahba, Global Director of the World Bank, Ms. Tatiana Gallego Lizon, Division Chief of IDB, and Mr. Ajmal Shams, former Deputy Director of Ministry of Urban Development & Land, Afghanistan sent video congratulatory remarks as well to celebrate GDPC’s tenth anniversary. For the first presentation, “Sharing knowledge and building trust,” Sehoon Park gave an overview of the ten-year history of GDPC and future plan for the next ten years. The next presentation was delivered by Dr. Eunju Kim, Research Fellow of the Korean Institute of Public Administration on the subject of “Policy suggestion for international developmentcooperation in the era of COVID-19.” For the last session, the Director General of National Geographic Information Institute, Hosang Sakong, who was the first director of GDPC, led the discussion as a chair. There were five representatives that participated from the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, KDI, and KOICA including the third former Director of GDPC, Dr. Ilho Chung. All participants had a meaningful discussion on the future direction of international development and GDPC itself. This seminar was held as a webinar due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For further information,check the YouTube link: https://youtu.be/r0cSdveDlzQ.                
  • GDPC Academy Lecture “SMART Academic Presentation”

    GDPC Academy Lecture “SMART Academic Presentation” Date: October 26 (Mon), 2020 Venue: KRIHS, Sejong, Korea On Monday, October 26, GDPC, KRIHS hosted a GDPC Academy special lecture with JulianaLee, CEO of Juliana Lee & Partners. The GDPC Academy is an education session designed tostrengthen capabilities by inviting various field experts to give lectures.The lecture was titled “SMART Academic Presentation.” Instructor Lee explained how to prepare a successful presentation based on the acronym “SMART”: S structure, M message, Aarticulation, R rehearsal, and T try. Lee explained that a good presentation has good structure with a concise and clear title and message. Also, rehearsing the presentation with visual aidsand practicing clear pronunciation are essential for a successful presentation. Lastly, it would be best if you tried giving a presentation in public. After the lecture, participants from KRIHS had a Q&A session. This lecture was considered helpful in improving the KRIHS researchers’ English presentation skills.
  • 2020 Capacity Building on the Formulation of the Afghanistan NSSP

    1st Capacity Building Program for the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Formulate the National Strategy & National Spatial Plan (NSSP) Theme: Capacity Building on the Fomulation of the Afghanistan NSSP Date: September 2(Wed)-23(Wed), 2020 The Global Development Partnership Center (GDPC) at the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) hosted the 1st Capacity Building Training Program for the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Formulate the National Spatial Strategy & National Spatial Plan (NSSP) with the Ministry of Urban Development and Land (MUDL) and the World Bank (WB) from September 2(Wed) to 23(Wed) virtually with pre-recorded lectures and real-time discussion through the video conference.   Due to COVID-19 global pandemic the training program had been transferred from the face-to-face training to a virtual training (mixture of recorded lectures & real-time discussion session through video). The lectures were prepared as a pre-recorded video lecture (PPT with lecturer's voice) along with various reference documents. The participants were given one week per each PART (PART 1: NSSP General/ Part 2: NSSP Sectoral) to self-study recorded lectures and provide questions and comments. Also, four real-time discussion sessions were prepared with the aim to seek broad questions and identify critical issues in territorial development from the Afghan participants through intimate discussions with KRIHS team and the lecturers.   This training program was targeted for high- and middle-level officials of the central governments such as Ministry of Urban Development and Land (MUDL), Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) that can establish territorial development policies and implement spatial planning in national level based on the knowledge obtained throughout this training program. 14 Afghanistan participants participated in this virtual training to improve their understanding of role and effects of national spatial strategies and planning and to identify critical issues in the context of Afghanistan in relation to the global best practices presented and outline a consensual approach to the issues.   The main goal of this training program was to construct a framework of future works and to improve basic knowledge of the Afghan officials in charge of territorial development and spatial planning to determine directions of the Afghan NSSP. And the mian outputs were enchanced knowledge and deepen understanding of Afghan officials related to the Afghan NSSP on international cases of territorial development and spatial planning.   This training program is considered as a meaningful opportunity for Afghan participants to learn and understand Korea's successful experience and expertise on Economic Development and National Territorial Planning, and it is expected to employ participatory and customized approach to identify best suitable options of solutions for Afghanistan.    
  • Country Report Presentations by Interns from the University of Seoul

    Country Report Presentations by Interns from the University of Seoul Date: August 13 (Thu), 2020 Venue: KRIHS, Sejong, Korea On August 13, 2020, the GDPC of the KRIHS held a country report presentations by interns from the University of Seoul. The presenting interns were Yan Li from the Beijing MunicipalCommission of Urban Management in China and Sandar Myint from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation in Myanmar. During the presentation, Yan Li noted that the coordinated development of Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei in the energy sector, especially in natural gas infrastructure, can offer complementary advantages, stabilizing the market supply, reducing the energy supply risks, and exerting a positive economic effect on East Asia. Sandar Myint presented the urban development conditions in the Yangon Region and the cooperation between Korea and Myanmar. After the presentation, a Q&A session and discussion were held, followed by a certificate ceremony. This internship provided the opportunity to study significant issues in China and Myanmar and build a global development cooperation network.

Survey on 「S&E」 and 「SR」

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Global Development Partnership Center (GDPC) of the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) would like to hear the opinion of the readers of our English publication series 「Space & Environment (S&E)」 and 「Special Report (SR)」 through this survey.

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