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"Every city has a unique character and different problems. Development of a sustainable transport system must retain the unique and characteristic of the city" -  a statement by the representative of the Mayor of Cebu, Rafael Christopher, which sets the opening of 3rd Connective Cities Dialogue in Asia – Practitioners’ Workshop in Cebu, Philippines on 17 to 19 November 2015. Connective Cities is an international cities platform, the Community of Practice for Sustainable Urban Development facilitated by the German government through GIZ and the German Association of Cities with the aim of promoting sustainable development through discussion and sharing of experiences between cities in the world. The Dialogue was attended by stakeholders working on city development, ranging from city governments, NGOs and educational institutions, from three countries, namely Indonesia, the Philippines, and Germany with a total of 25 participants from 9 (nine) cities. The Indonesian representatives include city government of Semarang, Malang (accompanied by GIZ Paklim) and city government of Bogor and Surakarta (accompanied by GIZ SUTIP). Cebu City Mayor, Michael Lopez Rama, was also present during the discussions and emphasize the importance of learning from other cities to encourage Cebu become the most livable city for all like the city motto.   Green Cities' Implication for Sustainable Urban Mobility as the theme for this dialogue has given important lesson learnt for the participants. First lesson, the commitment of city leaders is a key element to provide a reliable, safe, and comfortable public transport. Sustainable transport system requires a lengthy and costly time and process. Private sector involvement in financing like the case in Europe, especially Germany, should be encouraged, even though the co-financing process through Public Private Partnership (PPP) to provide public transport does not always run smoothly and sometimes could limit the government to control the tariff. Secondly, it is important to have participation, gender and collaboration among stakeholders in each process. In Indonesia, reflecting from Semarang City experience, women tend to have limited access to private vehicles (either own vehicle or using the vehicle), which make women rely more on public transportation. Gender integration in the public transportation planning becomes important to provide more gender sensitive public transportation system. Thirdly, the application of technology and social media as in transportation information system to provide more option for the passengers in terms of transportation mode, schedule, travel time, route and cost. The use of technology can offer a "One Stop Mobility Shop" for transport system, which has been implemented in Hanover, Germany and provide a variety of options and convenience for users. Providing a public transport system that is safe, reliable, convenient and affordable, is a priority that must be achieved by all cities.
Surabaya, 17 November 2015. Since 2014, PAKLIM organizes workshops on ISO 26000: CSR, where it is concluded that participants from pulp and paper industry need to receive support and commitment from management to explore the possibilities of implementing ISO 26000 internally. After series of Workshops of CSR based on ISO 26000, Pulp and Paper Association (APKI) together with PAKLIM organized the Final Sharing and Networking Workshop in Pulp and Paper industry at Surabaya on 17th November 2015. The workshop is intended to share and have dialogue with APKI board member concerning the results from activities on ISO 26000. PAKLIM saw this opportunity to bridge the Workshop with future activity on NAMAs development and field visit on green technology to Germany. The Workshop was attended by Mr. Misbahul Huda, the APKI Chairman.   Mr Misbahul Huda explained that around one hundreds paper companies in West Java have collapsed due to the current economic crisis. He hoped the President Jokowi’s program ‘Paket Ekonomi VI’ able to boost current situation. Despite of the challenge, he was expecting that the Sharing and Networking workshop could be a platform of business people to consult, consolidate, and cooperate together.  APKI as an organization always put its effort to be a consistent association when it comes to follow what has been stipulated  by the Government of Indonesia. Mr Huda also gave his appreciation to PAKLIM and would like to utilize further the good cooperation to enhance more the capacity of its board and member.
Bogor, 18-20th November 2015. Following the trial of MRV guideline draft in August 2015, the guideline is revised with more detailed information to guide the companies as well as verificators. Validation of data for calculation of GHG Emission in the cement companies that was started on August 2015 should be continued. 3-days workshop was held at Hotel Amaroossa Bogor on 18th – 20th November 2015 to finalize the MRV guideline for cement industry as well as to validate the cement companies‘ data and its calculation of GHG emission, participated by more than 30 participants from cement industries. On the 1st day, Presentation on NAMA-cement progress activity was delivered by PAKLIM, followed by discussion on draft MRV guideline, facilitated by Mrs Lusi Widowati as PAKLIM's expert. In the afternoon, MoI's expert shared detail explanation and gave hands-on training on the online monitoring and reporting system on GHG emission for cement industry, followed by an active and thorough discussion on the review of CO2 emission baseline and BAU scenario in cement industry, facilitated by Mr Ery Indrawan as PAKLIM's expert. Also supported by Mrs Retno Gumilang Dewi as MoI's expert, the discussion continued in the last day of the workshop. It can be summarized that there is still a need to have a follow-up discussion on defining emission baseline and BAU scenario, as well as emission reduction target both for year 2020 and 2030. In setting the emission reduction targets. participants also expressed their opinions related with factors which might affect the companies' abilities in achieving the target, such as regulation frameworks, economic conditions, and technology requirement. The draft of MRV guideline will be then published by MoI in early 2016. Whilst, the analysis on emission baseline and BAU scenario shall be improved and used as basis for further NAMA-cement development.  
In all development activities, all German international cooperation commits to promote gender equality. To support this commitment, GIZ Indonesia hosted Gender competition for GIZ Indonesia, Timor-Leste and ASEAN with the theme of “Communicating Gender”. Through this competition, PAKLIM as part of GIZ Indonesia intended to prove its commitment on gender and to show how far gender promotion activities have been implemented and reached. Through a short essay on gender approach titled “Gender mainstreaming project management for improved climate”, PAKLIM won third prize for Gender Marker 1 category. PAKLIM integrates gender on its climate change strategy through gender working group and provides gender tools for internal staffs and PAKLIM counterparts to ensure gender equality in project implementation and climate strategy implementation. In Morrissey Hotel, Jakarta, 21 October 2015, Gender Working Group Indonesia, Timor Leste and ASEAN hosted official award ceremony for “Communicating Gender” participated by GIZ Indonesian and Timor Leste projects. In the award ceremony, PAKLIM along with other winners had the honour to accept the award directly from Peter Palesch, Country Directur GIZ Indonesia, Timor Leste and ASEAN. The first and second prize in the gender competition Gender Marker 1 went to Forests and Climate Change Programme (FORCLIME) Indonesia dan Sustainable Management of Agro-Biodiversity Timor-Leste. The winners from category Gender Marker 0 are: first winner Advisory and Training for the Maritime Sector from Timor-Leste, second winner The Global Climate Change Alliance Programme from Timor-Leste, and third winner Joint Project Administration from Timor-Leste. In its opening, Peter Palesch hoped that there will be more GIZ development projects competing to promote gender equality. Nadja Jabonwski as the representative Gender Working Group Indonesia, ASEAN, and Timor Leste said that through this competition, gender could gain more attention in projects relating to environment and climate change. For PAKLIM, this award is not the end of the process of gender integration towards development, but a start for a more balanced and fair development process. PAKLIM believes that gender equality is not about men and women, but about how to give equal rights and equal access, reduce gaps and give opportunity for active and positive contribution from men and women. References: and