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Urban Financing Partnership Facility holds annual consultation meeting

Representatives from Trust Funds under the Urban Financing Partnership Facility (UFPF) on 24 November gathered at the 2020 virtual annual consultation meeting. This meeting served as a venue to review the overall achievements of the UFPF Trust Funds; review the key points discussed during the bilateral meetings of the UFPF Trust Funds; and discuss the future directions of the UFPF particularly on how the Trust Funds can work as One UFPF to complement and support ADB operations and cities.

CALL FOR EOIs: Technology Innovation Challenge (TIC) for urban development

The Technology Innovation Challenge for Urban Development will accept Expressions of Interest (EOIs) until 4 December 2020, 12 nn (Manila time). Maximum of two grants will be awarded (up to $500,000 each) to proposals that can help promote safe and inclusive cities. Proposals should pilot either data-informed tools or promote efficient wastewater treatment and sanitation. Visit the EOI platform


Joint Urban SG and Soc Dev TG Disability Inclusion workshop
7 December, 2:00–3:30 p.m. | 9-10 December, 2:00–4:30 p.m. 

Urban SG and Social Development TG will hold a Disability Inclusion Workshop to increase the awareness and knowledge of ADB staff on disability inclusion. CBM, together with representatives from Organizations of Persons with Disabilities, will facilitate the workshop. Staff involved in livable cities projects are encouraged to join. Register here

PRE-EVENT: 9th Asia Smart City Conference (ASCC)
14-18 December (pre-event) | 18 January 2021 (main event)

The Asia Smart City Conference (ASCC) is an international conference that brings together representatives from Asian cities, national governments, international organizations, academic institutions, and private companies, aiming at establishing a knowledge hub for Smart Cities. ADB and ADBI will be co-organizing sessions at the pre-event and main conference. Register for the pre-event here


Korean national drive for green and smart urbanization
27 November 

The webinar presented the Republic of Korea’s learning processes on sustainable, climate-resilient, and smart urban development since the 1960s. Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund consultant Okju Jeong talked about some government-driven milestones, including Comprehensive National Territorial Plans, Low Carbon Green City Initiative, and Cyber Korea 21. Read more | Download presentation

Trenchless technologies for urban water supply systems
16 November

Trenchless technologies offer a sustainable and economical alternative to open trench works as these have minimal traffic disruption, noise, and CO2 output. The presentation tacked trenchless technology in detail, outlined the installation process, and shared exemplary case studies. Read event snapshot and download materials | Watch video

ASEAN Australia smart cities webinar series part 4: Intelligent water management systems using IOT and AI
3 November 

This webinar explored how artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, the internet of things (IOT), and big data are being used to enhance resilience and improve asset management of water utilities by way of real-time dynamic monitoring and control systems. Download materials



Improve coverage, quality, efficiency, and reliability of services in urban areas


Many people take toilets for granted. More than a billion in Asia don’t have that luxury

Investments in safe, adequate and affordable water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities must be sustained and result in improved services and a less polluted environment for everyone, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable in Asia and the Pacific. Read more


World Cities Report 2020: The Value of Sustainable Urbanization

The United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) has released the World Cities Report 2020 convincingly affirms that well-planned, managed, and financed cities and towns create value that can be harnessed to build resilient cities that can bounce back from the devastating impacts of pandemics. Download the report

Standardized Procurement Documents in Fecal Sludge Management

Based on a two-year review of procurement documents from 13 states acroswith municipal officials and FSM practitioners, these FSM procurement mode Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Institute (WASHi) offer key innovations that other context or areas in Asia and the Pacific. Download publications


Strengthen urban planning and financial sustainability of cities


Hope amid the rebuilding – ADB’s Marawi support

With ADB’s assistance, the government is rebuilding Marawi City in southern Philippines with stronger, safer and climate-resilient infrastructure using a build-back-better approach to provide better services and living conditions for its residents. Watch video


Office of the Special Project Facilitator’s Lessons Learned: Ulaanbaatar Urban Services and Ger Areas Development Investment Program

This publication focuses on an investment program in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, as one of the Office of the Special Project Facilitator’s (OSPF) Lessons Learned series of case studies on ADB’s complaint management experience. Download publication


Improve urban environment, climate resilience, and disaster management of cities


Reimagining sanitation in light of climate change action

Experts warn that even toilets and sanitation systems are not immune from the impact of climate change, a reality that both developed and developing countries face. View and read photo essay


Strengthening a city's water resources and flood management capacity

Keeping a city safe from flood and waterborne diseases requires a holistic approach to water resources management. Read article


Investing in water and sanitation is key to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6, Bank VP tells African finance ministers
African Development Bank

Investing in the water and sanitation (WASH) sector in Africa is crucial to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6, which calls for universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene, the African Development Bank’s Acting Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, Wambui Gichuri, told a meeting of African finance ministers.

EIB at the Prague European Summit - How can Europe and its cities deliver the EU Green Deal?
European Investment Bank

The EIB, represented by Vice-Presidents Lilyana Pavlova and Ambroise Fayolle as well as the Head of the EIB Prague Office Nathalie Binet, and Andrea Ferjencikova, joined the Prague European Summit 2020 on 18 and 19 November to discuss with Czech and European partners common responses to current and future challenges for the European Union, such as climate change and the post-pandemic recovery.

Lack of sewerage connections to households hindering sanitation progress, says World Bank on World Toilet Day
The World Bank

Millions of households fail to benefit from sanitation investments because not enough sewerage infrastructure connects directly to households, according to a World Bank report released today on World Toilet Day under the auspices of the Bank’s Citywide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS) initiative.

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