7th High Level Seminar on Environmentally Sustainable Cities Programme

DAY 1, Thursday 3 March 2016

08:30 - 09:00

Registration
09:00 - 09:30

Opening Session

 

Opening Speech & Welcome Remarks

  • Viet Nam: H.E. Dr. Vo Tuan Nhan, Vice Minister, Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment, Viet Nam
  • Japan: H.E. Mr. Masaaki Kobayashi, Vice Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Ministry of the Environment of Japan

 

Agenda Setting

09:30 - 09:50 Photo Session, Coffee Break and Press Conference
09:50 – 10:30 Plenary Session 1 - Way Forward for ASEAN ESC Cooperation, 'New HLS ESC' and Related Initiatives Towards the 2030 Agenda
 

Objective:

Discuss how to advance ESC regional cooperation in the post-2015 era by re-designing the HLS ESC in 2017 to be responsive and effective at addressing ASEAN’s needs and priorities in line with global events and emerging trends from:

  • ASEAN ESC Model Cities Programme;
  • ASEAN Community 2016 – 2025;
  • Localising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • 2015 Paris Climate Conference - COP21 and others.

Chairs:

  • Japan: Prof. Ryokichi Hirono, Professor Emeritus, Seikei University
  • Viet Nam: Dr. Do Nam Thang, Deputy Director, International Cooperation Division, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment  

Panellists:

  • AWGESC: Dr. Vann Monyneath, Chairperson, AWGESC and Technical Deputy Director General, Ministry of Environment, Cambodia
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP): Mr. Lorenzo Santucci, Economic Affairs Officer
  • UN-HabitatMr. Bruno Dercon, Senior Human Settlements Officer
  • ASEAN Secretariat: Ms. Natalia Derodofa, Senior Officer, Environment Division
  • JapanMr. Nobuhiro Kino, Director, International Cooperation Office, International Strategy Division, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment of Japan
  • United States: Mr. Saengroaj Srisawaskraisorn, Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, Regional Environment Office, Regional Development Mission for Asia, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
10:30 - 12:00 Plenary Session 2 - Deepening East Asia’s Synergies For ESC Regional Cooperation To Realise The 2030 Agenda
 

Objective:

Share the on-going and upcoming initiatives of international development organisations in the region and discuss how: (i) these initiatives help to address  emerging challenges; (ii) ASEAN cities can tap into these opportunities; (iii) synergies could be achieved among initiatives to achieve greater spread, scale and impacts.

Chairs:

  • AWGESC: Dr. Vann Monyneath, Chairperson
  • Japan: Prof. Ryokichi Hirono, Professor Emeritus, Seikei University

Panellists:

12:00 - 12:10 Introduction to the Thematic Sessions
 

Session Moderators will introduce their sessions.  A snapshot of the thematic sessions has been created for reference.

12:10 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:00 Thematic A1 - Environmental Education in the Wired Age (Main Hall)
 

Moderators:

  • CityNet:  Prof. Sang-Bum Kim, former Vice Mayor of Seoul

Panellists:

  • Microsoft Corporation:  Mr. Tony Newling, Asia Government Lead
  • Bogor, Indonesia:  Drs. Herry Karnadi, M.Si., Head of General Government Administration Division, City of Bogor
  • Sidoarjo Regency, Indonesia:  Mr. Sigit Setyawan, CityAPP Sidoarjo, Head of Public Works Department for Highway Construction and Maintenance
  • Mandalay,  Myanmar:  Dr. Thwin Kyaw Kyaw, Executive Committee Member, Mandalay City Development Committee
  • Yokohama, Japan:  Mr. Tetsuya Nakajima, Executive Director for Development Cooperation, International Affairs Bureau
  • Korea Local Information Research & Development Institute (KLID) Dr. Sang-Baek Chris Kang, Director
  • UN-Habitat:  Ms. Ying Gao, Habitat Partners Coordinator
13:30 - 15:00 Thematic B1 - Green Buildings (Breakout 1)
 

Moderator: 

  • C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group:  Ms. Milag San Jose-Ballesteros, Regional Director for Southeast Asia and Oceania

Panellists:

  • Quezon City, Philippines: Engr. Frediswinda de Leon De Guzman, Engineer III, Green Building Unit, Department of the Building Official)
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam:  Dr. Nguyen Trung Viet, Senior Advisor to the Director of Department of Natural Resources and Environment on Climate Change and International Relations, Head of Advisory Group to Climate Change Steering Board of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Singapore Mr. Jonathan Cheng, Deputy Director, Green Building Policy Department, Building and Construction Authority
  • Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), Malaysia:  Ms. Shahrinaz Maamor, Associate, Environment
  • Independent Consultant:  Mr. Nguyen Khac-Tiep, Independent Sustainable Energy Expert, former UNIDO official
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 17:00 Thematic A2 - Public Green Spaces for Tourists as well as Citizens (Main Hall)
 

Moderators: 

  • Lao PDR:  Mr. Sengdara Douangmyxay, Acting Head of Urban Planning Division, Ministry of Public Works and Transport

Panellists:

15:30 - 17:00 Thematic B2 - Transport & Green Mobility (Breakout 1)
 

Moderators: 

  • GIZ:  Mr. Roland Haas, Programme Director

Panellists:

  • Nonthaburi, Thailand:  Ms. Pornsri Kictham, Advisor to Mayor
  • Malang, Indonesia:  Mr. Arif Dermawan, Project Coordinator, Malang City Environment Board
  • Suwon City, Korea: Ms. Jang Seoyoung, Program Officer 
  • Damyang City, Korea: Mr. Gyesoo Jung, Assistant Manager, Korea Environment Corporation
  • GEF:  Dr. Xiaomei Tan, Climate Change Specialist
  • Clean Air Asia (Ms. Chee Anne Roño, Program Manager)
  • WRI:  Mr. Amit Bhatt, Director-Transport, WRI India
  • Independent Consultant:  Mr. Nguyen Khac-Tiep, Independent Sustainable Energy Expert, former UNIDO official
18:00 - 19:30 Welcome Dinner

DAY 2, Friday 4 March 2016

08:00- 08:30

Registration
08:30 - 09:00 Plenary Session 3: Day 1 Summary
 

Chairs:

  • Viet Nam:  Dr. Nguyen The Chinh, Director General, Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE)
  • Japan:  Mr. Nobuhiro Kino, Director, International Cooperation Office, International Strategy Division, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment of Japan

Panellists:

09:00 - 09:10 Introduction to the Thematic Sessions
  Chairs of the Thematic Sessions briefly introduce their sessions to the participants 
09:15 - 10:45 Thematic A3 - Localising SDGs (Main Hall)
 

Moderators: 

Panellists:

09:15 - 10:45 Thematic B3 - Sustainable City Planning (Breakout 1)
 

Moderator: 

Panellists:

  • Quezon City, Philippines: Engr. Frediswinda de Leon De Guzman, Engineer III, Green Building Unit, Department of the Building Official)
  • Yokohama, Japan:  Mr. Tetsuya Nakajima, Executive Director for Development Cooperation, International Affairs Bureau
  • GEF:  Dr. Xiaomei Tan, Climate Change Specialist
  • ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Mr. Takashi Otsuka, Director, ICLEI Japan
  • UN-Habitat:  Dr. Quang Nguyen, Viet Nam Programme Manager
  • World Resources Institute (WRI):  Mr. Amit Bhatt, Director-Transport, WRI India
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:30 Thematic A4 - Better City to City Cooperation (Main Hall)
 

Moderator: 

  • National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES): Dr. Junichi Fujino, Senior Researcher; Member of the "FutureCity" Initiative Expert Study-Group

Panellists:

  • Kitakyushu, Japan:  Mr. Yoshiharu Inoue, Manager, International Environmental Strategies Division, Environment Bureau
  • Osaka, Japan Mr. Makoto Mihara, Assistant Manager for International Cooperation, Environment Bureau
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam:  Dr. Nguyen Trung Viet, Senior Advisor to the Director of Department of Natural Resources and Environment on Climate Change and International Relations, Head of Advisory Group to Climate Change Steering Board of Ho Chi Minh City
  • CDIA Ms. Meg Yandoc, Communication Specialist
  • Clean Air Asia Ms. Chee Anne Roño, Program Manager
  • JICA Mr. Takahiro Ikenoue, Acting Director, Office of Climate Change, Environment Management Group, Global Environment Department
  • UCLG-ASPAC Dr. Bernadia Tjandradewi, Secretary-General
11:00 - 12:30 Thematic B4 - Resilient City Development (Breakout 1)
 

Moderators: 

  • USAID:  Mr. Saengroaj Srisawaskraisorn, Climate Adaptation Specialist, Regional Environment Office

Panellists:

  • Nonthaburi, Thailand:  Ms. Pornsri Kictham, Advisor to Mayor
  • Dipolog, Philippines Mr. Ernie Rojo, Executive Assistant II and Local Economic and Investments Promotion Officer, Office of the Mayor
  • Tacloban, Philippines: Ms. Cristina Romualdez, City Councilor 
  • ISPONRE:  Dr. Nguyen Tung Lam, Director
  • Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN): Dr. Jim Jarvie, Mercy Corps Network Director
  • UN-Habitat:  Ms. Laids Mias-Cea, Asia-Pacific Coordinator, Cities and Climate Change Initiative
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:30 Plenary 4 - 'New HLS ESC in 2017'
 

Objective

Discuss and agree on key points for re-designing the ‘New HLS ESC’ in 2017, drawing from sessions and inputs on Day 1 & 2.

Chairs:

  • Japan:  Prof. Ryokichi Hirono, Professor Emeritus, Seikei University

Panellists:

14:30 - 15:15 Plenary 5 - Adoption of Recommendations to EAS Environment Ministers
 

Chairs:

  • AWGESC:  Dr. Vann Monyneath, Chairperson
  • ASEAN Secretariat:  Ms. Natalia Derodofa, Senior Officer, Environment Division

Panellists:  

  • Viet Nam, Japan, United States:  HLS ESC Co-Organisers
15:15 - 15:30 Closing Session
 
  • Thailand:  Announcement on the 8th HLS ESC by Dr. Kasemsum Chinnavaso, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment, Thailand
  • AWGESC Chairperson, Viet Nam and Japan:  Closing Remarks
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 18:00

Side Event: Networking Cities Through Dialogue

 

Objective: Enable frank discussion and learning among cities on important emerging challenges for which evidence of good practices and solutions are still being explored or experimented with.

City representatives are grouped based on their interested topics and learn directly from other experienced cities. Potential topics (based on latest feedback collected by the Secretariat) are:

  • How to design stable grassroots institutions to improve the sustainability of community-based projects in a changing political environment.
  • How to collaborate more deeply and creatively with the private sector, beyond the CSR framework
  • Others (a survey will be issued to cities for suggestions before the seminar)

Presentation: "Musashino Approach to Urban Governance: Some Lessons for Asian Cities" by Prof. Ryokichi Hirono, Professor Emeritus, Seikei University

16:00 - 18:00

Side Event: Partners Dialogue on AWGESC Draft Action Plan for an ASEAN ESC Community 2025

 

Objective: Informally and gather initial ideas for drafting the AWGESC Action Plan which would be reported for consideration at the 14th Annual Meeting of the AWGESC (26-28 April 2016, Brunei Darussalam)

Participants: By invitation only to AWGESC Members and AWGESC Partners