2019 KOICA-UN ESCAP Fellowship Programme in collaboration with KRIHS:
Capacity Building on Drought Monitoring and Early Warning
Date: September 23 (Mon) – 28 (Sat), 2019
Venue: Conference Room 4, UNCC, Bangkok, Thailand
Theme: 2019 KOICA-UN ESCAP Fellowship Programme, Capacity Building on Urban Planning and Urban Disaster Risk Reduction: Drought Monitoring and Early Warning
The Global Development Partnership Center(GDPC) at the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements(KRIHS) held the joint workshop titled ‘2019 KOICA-UN ESCAP Fellowship Programme Capacity Building on Drought Monitoring and Early Warning’ for governmental officials from 6 Asia countries on September 23 (Mon) to 28 (Sat) in Bangkok, Thailand.
The capacity building programme is aimed at sharing Korea’s knowledge and experience in urban disaster prevention, GIS utilization, drought management, drought monitoring and early warning, and finding applicable measures to participants’ countries. It includes lectures of KRIHS and UN ESCAP experts, case studies of each country, action plan workshops and site visits. The programme was attended by 20 delegates from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Cambodia, the Ministry of Emergency Situations in Kyrgyzstan, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Laos, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Vietnam, the State Committee on Forestry of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology in Myanmar. Also, Mr. Heunghwan Ahn from the Ministry of Interior and Safety in the Republic of Korea, Dr. Kwangya Lee from the Korea Rural Community Corporation and Dr. Sehoon Park and 4 experts from KRIHS participated in the programme.
Ms. Tiziana Bonapace, the director of UN ESCAP, the ICT and Disaster Deduction Division referred that the strengthened regional cooperation will be important because “drought knows no border.” Dr. Sehoon Park from KRIHS, GDPC mentioned this programme can provide an opportunity to study each country’s good practice, because participants are the best experts who know their countries’ actual needs. In addition, Ms. Jihyun Park from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Bangkok expressed a gratitude to related persons from UN ESCAP, KOICA and KRIHS for their efforts to co-organize the capacity building programme.
At the country report session on the first day, each participant shared current situation of drought management and areas to be supported, followed by active discussion among participants and experts. Through this workshop, it is expected to establish joint measures to response to drought for Asia countries and the global network for disaster prevention among Korea and participant countries.
2019 KRIHS-ADB Sustainable Urban Development Policy & Practice
Date: September 2 (Mon) – 6 (Fri), 2019
Venue: Maple Hall (4th), The Plaza, Seoul
Theme: 2019 KRIHS-ADB Sustainable Urban Development Policy & Practice
The Global Development Partnership Center (GDPC) at the Korean Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) held the opening ceremony for ‘2019 KRIHS-ADB SustainableUrban Development Policy & Practice’ from September 2 (Mon) to 6 (Fri) atthe Plaza in Seoul. The participants are 14 government officials from 6 Asiancountries (Fiji, Georgia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, and Uzbekistan) and 12 ADB staffs. This joint workshop is to share Korea’s knowledge and experience in the field of urban and territorial policy, urban infrastructure (water supply and sewage and solid waste treatment), and smart cities and discuss how toapply them to each participant country.
In the opening ceremony, Dr. Se Hoon Park, 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 experience and developing policy consultation under this program. The senior urban development specialist of ADB, Mr. Virinder Sharma introduced major projects in the urban development sector of ADB and suggested active participation of each country.
This program includes lectures, site visits and group discussion for sharing a variety of Korean experience and exploring future collaboration among Korea, Asian countries, and ADB. Also, it is expected that this workshop would become a great opportunity to develop strong cooperative relationship with Asian countries and ADB.
International Workshop: Reconsidering Korean Urban and Regional Development Experiences: Implication for International Cooperation
Title: International Workshop, Reconsidering Korean Urban and Regional Development Experiences: Implication for International Cooperation Date: August 28 (Wed) - 29 (Thu), 2019Venue: Prince Room at Koreana Hotel, Seoul, Republic of Korea
GDPC at KRIHS held an opening ceremony for International Workshop: Reconsidering Korean Urban and Regional Development Experiences: Implication for International Cooperation from August 28 (Wed) to 29 (Thu) in the Prince Room at Koreana Hotel in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The workshop was held to present topics and discuss research direction on “Reconsidering Korean Urban and Regional Development Experiences: Implication for International Cooperation“ attended by 14 domestic and foreign scholars from Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Dr. Hyun Soo Kang, President of KRIHS expressed gratitude to the participants and emphasized importance to monitor Korea’s 60-year experience in the national territorial development as a successful example to developing countries in terms of international aspect. In the following, Dr. Se Hoon Park, Director of GDPC stated that Korea has the lack of consideration of social, economic and political context of recipient countries, even though Korea is in a special position in international aid. He expected that this workshop would be a good opportunity to reflect and discuss on the challenge.
The workshop consist of four sections: 1) Outlining Urban Transformation in Korea, 2) Korean Model of Urban Development, 3) Policies and Institutions and 4) Actors and Players and in each section, 2-4 writers presented and discussed on the draft of research. Through this 2-day workshop, 11 scholars discussed on following research direction and publication schedule and expected to develop research outcome for next year’s publication with continuous exchange.
Opening Ceremony on August 28th Prince Room at Koreana Hotel, Seoul
Opening Ceremony of ‘2019 Knowledge Exchange on Solid Waste Management’ Workshop.
Date: Monday, June 17, 2019Venue: The Rose of Sharon Hall, Global Knowledge Exchange & Development Center(GKEDC)Theme: KRIHS-WB Joint Workshop on Solid Waste Management.
The Global Development Partnership Center(GDPC) at Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements(KRIHS) held the joint workshop titled ‘2019 Knowledge Exchange on Solid Waste Management’ with the World Bank Group(WBG) on Monday, June 17 at the Rose of Sharon Hall at the Global Knowledge Exchange and Development Center(GKEDC) in Seoul, Korea.
This workshop co-hosted by KRIHS, GKEDC and the World Bank, is the first event of 10 series of knowledge exchange programs under the support of the Ministry of Economy and Finance(MOEF) of Korea. The 5-day workshop from June 17(Mon) to 21(Fri) was attended by 32 client country delegates including 19 policy practitioners and government officials from 6 countries (El Salvador, Ghana, Nepal, Tanzania, Gaza and India), 13 regional consultants and staff from the World Bank Group (WBG)..
During the opening ceremony, Kyusik Suh, the Director of International Economic Cooperation Strategy Division of MOEF, Se Hoon Park, the Director of GDPC and Byungkoo Cho, the Executive Director of GKED Center welcomed the participants by delivering warm welcoming remarks. Kyusik Suh, the Director of International Economic Cooperation Strategy Division of MOEF, emphasized that this K-POK program, launched in 2017, is aimed to share Korea’s experience on economic development and expects to operate actively from this starting point..
Se Hoon Park, the Director of GDPC hoped that this workshop would be helpful for the participant countries in the establishment of the waste management policies. Also he recommended the participants to enjoy Korea culture, food and nice weather even though the schedule is busy and hectic..
Lastly, Byungkoo Cho, the Executive Director of GKED Center highlighted the value of the Center, newly opened last October to share Korea’s economic development experience, and also hoped that we could promote further cooperation with more countries through a full range of programs like this workshop..
During the 5-day program, KRIHS, WB and participants are going to share solid waste management policy and practices of Korea though lectures and site visits and explore implications for their policy establishment. Also by sharing current urban issues that participant countries are facing, it is expected to set a direction for future development and explore future collaboration projects such as consultation and capacity building programs with relative organizations including KRIHS, GKEDC and the World Bank Group.
[Opening Ceremony (June 17), The Rose of Sharon Hall, Global Knowledge Exchange & Development Center]
2019 KRIHS-IDB Urban Development Academy (KIUDA) Opening Ceremony : Opening ceremony for the invitation program for high-ranking government officials from Latin America hosted by KRIHS and IDB
Date: May 20, 2019
Venue: Grand Hyatt Hotel Seoul
Theme: Sharing Experiences on Development of Korea and Finding Cooperation Measures in the Urban and Housing Sector of Latin America
Global Development Partnership Center (GDPC) of Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) hosted the opening ceremony of KRIHS-IDB Urban Development Academy (KIUDA) for 11 high-level officials from 6 countries. This is a part of 5-year program, jointly designed by KRIHS and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Among the participants in the program were Germán Xavier Torres Correa, the Minister of Ministry of Urban Development and Housing in Ecuador, Patricio Morera Víquez, the Vice Minister of Ministry of Housing and Human Settlements in Costa Rica, other high-ranking officials from 6 countries (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Ecuador) and 2 staffs from IDB.
In the opening ceremony at the 1st day of the program, the President of KRIHS, Hyun-Soo Kang emphasized the challenges of rapid urbanization in Korea and LAC countries, and hoped that both countries could share the experiences and grow together through the program, as the title “KIUDA” means to build and grow based on knowledge exchange and solid relationship.
In addition, he expected that this program would be a great opportunity to share the experiences and find important implications beyond the political, social, and institutional differences among Korea and LAC countries.
Germán Xavier Torres Correa, the Minister of Ministry of Urban Development and Housing in Ecuador extended expectation and appreciation to KRIHS and IDB that organize this program through his speech. Also he highlighted the importance of developing public houses responding to rapid urbanization, and hoped that this would be an important chance for the participants to find applicable solutions to each country from Korea’s best practices.
The lead specialist in IDB, Dr. Andres Blanco mentioned that issues 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, he encouraged mutual collaboration and cooperation to be pursued in the future and introduced previous fruitful outcome from cooperation between KRIHS and LAC countries in territorial and urban planning sector.
Afterwards, Se Hoon Park, the director of GDPC introduced KRIHS, and highlighted the topics and areas, where research and mutual collaboration could be pursued in the future.
Following the opening ceremony, Kyunghwan Kim, the professor of Sogang University delivered a presentation on Korea’s urbanization and economic development under the theme of Korea's experience and economic development. After, Wonsup Lee, the senior research fellow of KRIHS, explained Korea’s territorial development policies and policy framework. During the Q&A session, participants asked questions about national territorial development process of Korea, relevant to issues of each country.
Afterwards, during the country report presentation session, the participants from the LAC countries addressed current status and challenges of each country in the urban sector. Most of them pointed the common problems of reckless development and its side effects from rapid urbanization, and frequently emphasized inclusive development for social vulnerable groups.
During the 5-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 future cooperation. It is expected that this program would be a great opportunity to develop strong mutual cooperation between Korea and LAC countries.
2019 Technical Deep Dive on Urban Regeneration Theme: KRIHS-SMG-WB Joint Workshop on Urban RegenerationDate: February 21(Thu) - 23(Sat), 2019Venue: The Westin Chosun Seoul (2F)The Global Development Partnership Center(GDPC) at the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements(KRIHS) held the joint workshop titled ‘Technical Deep Dive on Urban Regeneration’ with Seoul Metropolitan Government(SMG) and World Bank(WB) from February 21(Thu) to 23(Sat) at Cosmos Room at the Westin Chosun Seoul in Korea.The workshop was attended by about 55 people including 26 policy practitioners and government officials from 14 countries (Cameroon, Malawi, South Africa, China, Malaysia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Honduras, Uruguay, Egypt, Palestine, Afghanistan and India), 29 regional consultants and staffs from World Bank Group (WBG).The joint workshop took place in two largest cities, Tokyo and Seoul, which enabled participants to study urban regeneration policy making and case studies in both countries. It is designed to provide applicable measures to participants’ countries through presentations, lectures and field trips. 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, the president of KRIHS, Hyunsoo Kang expressed thanks to the participants and was honored that KRIHS has a history of sharing knowledge and experiences on national territorial and urban development since it was established in 1978, and it could contribute to making urban regeneration policies in participant countries. Also he suggested to continually proceed future cooperation between KRIHS and participant countries after this workshop. On the last day of the program, during the action plan presentation, participants presented implications from the workshop, and short, medium and long-term plans of each country, and possible projects with WB, KRIHS and SMG. Also panels provided additional feedback on the action plan presentations and suggestions and considerations for future cooperation and it established important foundation to plan medium and long-term plan.In the closing ceremony, moderated by the Lead Knowledge Management Specialist of WB, Phil Karp, each participant shared ideas and implications on urban development of Korea and Japan during the workshop. The director of the GDPC at KRIHS, Se Hoon Park highlighted the importance of expanding knowledge sharing and policy consultation for developing regional models through trilateral cooperation among KRIHS, WB and participant countries. Also he suggested to continually proceed following projects in a variety forms and explore other cooperative sectors reflecting mutual interest.[Opening Ceremony (Feb. 21), The Westin Chosun Seoul (Cosmos Room, 2F)]