Conference & Forum

South-South City Leaders Forum

2 Dec 2014 - 3 Dec 2014 Manila, Philippines

Hosted by ADB, the South-South City Leaders Forum has been formulated on the premise that solutions to the multiple and interconnected problems cities face must come from cities themselves. The objective of the South-South City Leaders Forum is to spread good ideas and experiences among cities, and to help build a strong network amongst city leaders, especially in developing Asia and the Pacific. Organized by ADB’s South Asia Department (SARD), in partnership with the Regional and Sustainable Development Department (RSDD), East Asia Department (EARD) and Cities Initiative for Asia (CDIA), the inaugural South-South City Leaders Forum will take place on 2-3 December 2014 in Manila, Philippines.

Cities are engines of economic growth, generating over 80% of gross domestic product (GDP) in many countries of the Asia and the Pacific. Asia’s cities will become home to another 1.1 billion people in the next two decades. Over 200 million now live in urban slums, and this figure is predicted to soar to 692 million by 2015. South Asia for instance, accounts for almost half of the world’s urban poor. Many cities are struggling with environmental degradation, traffic congestion, inadequate urban infrastructure, and a lack of basic services, such as water supply, sanitation and waste management. Maintaining economic competitiveness, while creating sustainable and inclusive livable cities is the biggest urban challenge facing Asia. Solutions for increasingly complex urban environments require bold action guided by knowledge.

The South-South City Leaders Forum will gather about 50 city leaders and city managers, senior government officials, policy makers and sector experts from Asia and the Pacific and other regions, to spur new ideas and share best practices and successful innovations in building livable, sustainable, competitive and inclusive cities. The forum will emphasize knowledge sharing of innovative urban solutions and practices, with a clear orientation on results and outcomes, and encourage regional cooperation by building a strong network among city leaders in Asia and the Pacific. The forum will also provide an opportunity for city leaders to engage with ADB project officers.

ADB’s support for sustainable urban development is guided by its long-term strategic framework, Strategy 2020. ADB’s New Urban Operational Plan covers clean water, sustainable transport, energy, solid waste management, urban planning and financing. The plan fosters Competitive, Inclusive, and Green Cities to improve the performance of cities on the Economic, Equity, and Environment (3Es) spectrums. The South-South City Leaders Forum thus supports ADB’s Strategy 2020 and its Urban Operational Plan.


0830 – 0900Registration
0900 – 0915Welcome Speech – Setting the Scene
Dr. Bindu N. Lohani, Vice President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, ADB
0915 – 0930 Keynote Speech
Neeraj Mandloi Joint Secretary, Urban Development, Government of India, India
0930 – 0940 Setting the house rules

Forum Facilitator: Mary R. Clarke, Senior Human Resource Specialist, HR Policy and Programs Division, ADB
0940 – 1000Ice-breaker activity
1000 – 1010 Group photo-taking (Podium, Third Atrium)
1010 – 1130Focus Session 1: Inclusive Cities – Expanding Possibilities for People

Introduction by Session

Moderator: Arnaud Heckmann Urban Development Specialist, Urban and Social Sectors Division, East Asia Department, ADB

Edgardo Pamintuan, Mayor of Angeles City, Philippines
Kinlay Dorjee Thrompon, Mayor of Thimphu Bhutan
C. Hari Kiran, Municipal Commissioner, Vijayawad Municipal Corporation India

Q&A / Small Group Discussions
1130 – 1145Tea Break
1145 – 1300Focus Session 2: Green & Resilient Cities – Urban Regeneration

Introduction by Session Moderator: Jingmin Huang Senior Urban Development Specialist, Sustainable Infrastructure Division, Regional and Sustainable Development Department (RSID), ADB

Arief Wismansyah, Mayor of Tangerang Indonesia
Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana CEO, Cape Town Partnership South Africa
Dr. Myounggu Kang, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Seoul Rep

Q&A / Small Group Discussions
1300 – 1415Networking Lunch
1415 – 1435Peer-to-Peer Session Kick-Off

Introduction by Lead Facilitator: Anand Chiplunkar, Director, Urban Development and Water Division, Central and West Asia Department (CWUW), and Chair of Urban Community of Practice (CoP), ADB
1435 – 1545 Focus Session 3: Urban Financing – Developing New City Investment Strategies

Introduction by Panel Moderator: Joris van Etten, GIZ Deputy Program Coordinator, Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA)


  • Eleazar Ricote Deputy Executive Director of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center Philippines

  • Yumiko Noda Partner, Head of PPP and Infrastructure (Asia Pacific), PwC Japan Japan

  • Tep Makathy Project Team Leader, Green Goal Ltd (ADBCDTA-8121: Capacity Development for Urban Management in Cambodia) Cambodia

Q&A / Small Group Discussions
1545 – 1600Tea Break
1600 – 1720Focus Session 4: Competitive Cities – Exploring New Models for Growth

Introduction by Session Moderator: Alexandra Vogl, Urban Development Specialist, RSID ADB

Edward Leman, President of Chreod Ltd Canada
Alfonso Vegara, President of Fundacion Metropoli Spain
Yeonsik Yoo, Director General of International Relations Division, Seoul Metropolitan Government and Republic of Korea

Q&A / Small Group Discussions
1720 – 1730Day 1 Wrap-Up & Preparation for Day 2

Forum Facilitator: Mary R. Clarke, Senior Human Resource Specialist, HR Policy and Programs Division, ADB
1730 – 1830Refreshment
1830 – 2030Networking Cocktails & Dinner
(Level 5, Oakwood Premier JoyNostalg Center)

Hosted by Hun Kim, Director General, South Asia Department, ADB

0900 – 0915Recap of Day 1

Forum Facilitator: Mary R. Clarke, Senior Human Resource Specialist, HR Policy and Programs Division, ADB
0915 – 0930Keynote Speech
Mrs. Erna Witoelar, Indonesian Former Minister of Human, Settlements and Regional Development, Indonesia
0930 – 1100Peer-to-Peer Session (Break-Out Group Discussions)

Introduction by Lead Facilitator: Anand Chiplunkar, Director, CWUW and Chair of Urban CoP ADB

Break-Out Group Facilitators
1100 – 1200 Conclusion of Peer-to-Peer session – Interview Panel with Peers

Panel moderated by Lead Facilitator: Anand Chiplunkar, Director, CWUW and Chair of Urban CoP ADB
1200 – 1215Closing of Forum

Closing by Lead Facilitator: Anand Chiplunkar, Director, CWUW and Chair of Urban CoP ADB
1215 – 1315Lunch
(Level 5, Oakwood Premier JoyNostalg Center)
1315 – 1330Refreshment
1330 – 1800 Thematic site visits
Delegates to participate in 1 of 2 site visit:
1. Competitive Cities; Urban Financing: Makati CDB/Ayala Center
2. Inclusive Cities; Green & Resilient Cities: Paco de Estero Rehabilitation Project

Return to hotel after site visits

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