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Enabling GrEEEn Cities: A Sustainable Urban Future in Southeast Asia

Event | 13 - 14 May 2014 Auditorium C and D, ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines


This conference aims to present the green cities approach developed under the regional capacity development technical assistance "TA 8314-REG" on Green Cities--A Sustainable Urban Future in Southeast Asia and to launch the green city action plans and urban management partnerships for selected cities to develop competitive and resilient cities.

The GrEEEn cities approach:

Paradigm shift. A paradigm shift is proposed through a comprehensive GrEEEn cities approach for integrated urban development and environmental planning in response to rapid urbanization and associated challenges of degrading environment quality, inefficient resource consumption, inequitable growth, increased risks to climate change and natural disasters that are steadily compromising livability.

Doing things differently. The approach aims to transform the city from its present business-as-usual scenario to one that will sustain as a liveable city through an operational framework that will include a balanced consideration of the three dimensions, i.e. environment, equity and economic competitiveness. This flexible and scalable approach can be applied at any stage of the city's development irrespective of its economic status.

Consensus Building. Urban management partnershipswill provide a platform for peer to peer learning for city governments, civil society, residents and stakeholders, private sector, industry and small and medium enterprise for identifying and implementing solutions for improving quality of life, increasing competitiveness and managing risks fromclimate change and natural disasters.


The objectives of the conference are to:

  • Share the operational framework for secondary cities in Southeast Asia;
  • Present GrEEEn city action plans developed in secondary cities in Viet Nam and Malaysia;
  • Launch Urban management partnerships for institutional strengthening through peer-to-peer learning involving the private sector, academe, and stakeholders;
  • Facilitate a "market place" for companies to present innovative examples for "green" solutions with low-carbon technology and financing;
  • Exchange knowledge on global practice on greening cities.

Expected outputs

  • Knowledge brief on Enabling GrEEEn Cities: An Operational Framework for Secondary Cities in Southeast Asia;
  • Urban management partnerships launched for institutional strengthening through peer-to-peer learning, involving private sector, academia, and stakeholders ;

Target participants

  • Participation is by invitation only.
  • Attendance of 100 participants is expected.
  • Including: high-level government officials, CEOs, other decision makers in public and private sector, national and urban agencies in Asia, Asian Cities and their network organizations, international organizations, academia, ADB staff and consultants.

Resource speakers

Inspirational and distinguished leaders who have been instrumental in bringing about urban transformation in their countries and cities will be invited as keynote speakers and presenters.