A series of pre-event sessions were held on 14-18 December to drum up interest for the upcoming Asia Smart City Conference (ASCC). The pre-event sessions also provided a venue to discover new business opportunities for private companies located in Yokohama, allowing them to promote their technologies for cities in emerging economies. The main event will be held on 18 January 2021. ADB’s Urban Sector Group is helping organize some of the sessions at the main conference. Learn more
WORKING TOWARD THE STRATEGIC OPERATIONAL PRIORITIES OF OP4
Improve coverage, quality, efficiency, and reliability of services in urban areas
ADB has approved a $123 million loan to help the Philippines build safe, wide, well-lit, and disaster-resilient elevated walkways for pedestrians along Manila’s most congested thoroughfare, the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA). Read article
The Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) program has been harnessing gotong royong to improve human and environmental health through improved water and wastewater management. Their spirit of mutual cooperation, called “gotong royong”, reflects unity and contributes to attaining community resilience. Read article
This report discusses framework for a four-generation urban society in the People’s Republic of China to create positive health outcomes and improve urban livability, services, and public spaces for the elderly. Download publication
Strengthen urban planning and financial sustainability of cities
ADB and the Government of India signed a $4.21 million project readiness financing facility for the preparation of infrastructure development projects to improve urban amenities and develop tourism infrastructure in the northeastern state of Tripura. Read article
It is expected that the amount of waste being generated will continue to increase due to economic development, population growth, and degree of urbanization. This handbook features best practices for integrating waste to energy and related technologies into the operations of various industries in developing Asia. Download publication
Improve urban environment, climate resilience, and disaster management of cities
ADB has approved a $9.6 million grant for Vanuatu to boost urban resilience in the Greater Port Vila area. The grant comes from ADB’s Asian Development Fund and will support capacity building, institutional strengthening, and the construction of two multipurpose emergency shelters. Read article
Building community resilience to the impacts of climate change is essential in ensuring that vulnerable cities can thrive and survive, but involving the community in the process is equally critical. Read article
The Board of Directors of the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) approved $8.8 million in grant funding to the African Water Facility to bolster investments in COVID-19 recovery and preparation for investment of water supply, sanitation, and integrated water resources management projects in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa.
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) joined a group of 11 multilateral development banks (MDBs) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in launching a first-ever joint report on financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The European Investment Bank (EIB) Board of Directors approved new financing totaling EUR 12.5 billion to support companies impacted by COVID-19, alongside accelerating renewable energy, sustainable transport, and urban investment across Europe and around the world.
The World Bank Board of Directors approved a $50 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA) in support of the Integrated Urban Development and Resilience Project for Greater Antananarivo.
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