May 15, 2018  |  Bougainvilla Events, Tripureshwor

Kathmandu Forum on Smart and Green Cities

The “Kathmandu Forum on Smart and Green Cities Equipping Youth Social Enterprise to Achieve 2030 Sustainable Development Goals”will be held at RastriyaSabhaaGriha, Exhibition Road, on May 15, 2018.


Asia Pacific Peace and Development Service Alliance, Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Global Peace Foundation, CG Foundation, Global Young Leaders Academy and IBM

Expected participants: 

The forum is expected to engage 200 participants from the following categories:

  • National and International Youths , volunteers /Service Organizations,
  • Representatives from Government of Nepal, Development partners
  • United Nations agencies, SAARC Secretariat, International Volunteer Organizations
  • Representatives from I/NGOs/CBOs, Business entities

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Focus and Measurable Outcomes including:

  1. Actionable youth social enterprise initiatives addressing 2030 SDG goals on environment and solid waste management, smart and livable cities preserving cultural heritage, and youth leadership and entrepreneurship.Launch up to five innovative young professional led social businesses (or announce competition) in areas such as solid waste management and information technologyin Kathmandu Valley (pilot locations) and Annapurna region.Advisors including CG, SumanShakya (Nepal Entrepreneurs Hub) and SajalPradham (Best Panni).
  1. Asia-Pacific Exchange on Smart City best practices and models including ICT and Coding partnerships to solve urban and rural challenges (IBM has confirmed).
  1. Asian Young Leadership and Global Peace Youth Exchange.  Equipping moral and innovative leadership skills by GYLA/GPF in extended program.


The strategic deployment of ICT in infrastructure and policy development for sustainable impact is an emerging trend of innovation new to many people especially youths.  The program will empower municipal actors, youths and social businessto comprehend the optimum utilization of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in urban planning and ICT-optimized waste management and to advance innovative partnerships for social business addressing this issue area concretely in specific ward or Village Development Committee areas.. The bigger picture of this initiative is to reach the public with the message of reducing greenhouse gases and ensuring environmental friendly development and policies implementation in order to turn existing city environments into a smart and green city. The contribution of youth and social business linkages to address this issue will be examined.

Program Modality

Orientation on Smart and Green Cities

The first session of the program will directly emphasize on the question: Smart and Green Cities- for whom? The participants will get an insight of what exactly Smart and Green City is and how it differs from the city we are living in. The two major components: sustainability and efficiency will be highly addressed issue by innovative voices from government, civil society and the private sector working on smart and green cities. The orientation session will be incorporated by panel discussion on the selected thematic areas of the Sustainable Development Goals focusing on Smart and Green Cities. The national and international level experts from the respective thematic area will present on the topic and discussion forum will be held.


The goal of the orientation session is to internalize both convenience and safety of environment friendly city life. The session intends to motivate people to use alternative sources of energy, realize its benefits and make wise decisions to turn themselves into smart citizen living in a smart and green city.

Presentations on Smart and Green Cities

The second session of the program will have representatives from government making extensive presentations on Smart and Green Cities in regard to proposed and ongoing activities, achievements and policies.The real picture of the city will be demonstrated relating it with development hurdles and its mitigation for establishing smart city.


The participants will get a clear view of KMC’s ongoing activities, vision, mission and goals to turn Kathmandu into Smart and Green City. The presentation will serve as a crash course on the current status of the city and the concrete plans one need to make and implement to live in the city one aspires to.This will lead participants to prioritize their own roles as citizens and be more conscious and accountable about their civic roles.

Working Sessions:

Following the morning plenaries, several participants working sessions will be convened, including:

· IBM/Smart Cities with Code for Nepal

· Solid Waste Management

· Research and Impact Evaluation

· Private Sector Philanthropy Roundtable and Social Business


In line with the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, the youth will actively take part in the SDGs panel discussion to realize these goals for them and be active drivers of change in the local community and the world. The youth will have the improved knowledge on ICT deployment and solid waste management on SDGs policies, issues, challenges.  Participating youth will pitched some ideas on the respective SDGs that can be implemented practically if funding could be generated with particular focus in ICT and environmental areas of the 2030 goals.

IBM Training

The group of technical experts will deliver their extensive training to put a light on what ICT means and how it can be utilized in making of smart and green city.


The participants will learn how to maximize their information technology skills and get a hands-on technical training form the experts. The participants will get equipped with blended learning formats and broaden their horizons by introducing IT into their current profession or learning environment.


Asia-Pacific Peace and Development Service Alliance (APPDSA) Convening highlights Service, Volunteerism and Youth Engagement. The series of Asia-Pacific Forum on Youth Volunteerism to Promote Participation, Development and Peace was held on 28 October 2014 in Bangkok, on March 23 – 24, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal, on June 26, 2015 in Ulaanbaatar and  on October 8, 2015 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on April 23 – 24 in Lalitpur, Nepal. More than 1000 youths had already participated in the APPDSA convening representing various nations.

Asia-Pacific Peace and Development Service Alliance (APPDSA) – 2015, 2016 & 2017

The forum on March 23 – 24 2015 in Kathmandu brought upon and materialized Kathmandu Call for Action & Adoption of call for Action that successfully set the action-plans to meet the aspiration of youth in the region.  More than 250 individuals (presenter and participants) representing 14 countries and various organizations participated in the Forum.

More than 260 youths, governments’ officials, and international and domestic civil society representatives, from 12 countries convened on 23 and 24 April, 2016 in Lalitpur to promote the role of youth and volunteerism in advancing development and peace.

The Leadership Workshop and youth forum on Sustainable Development Goals was held at Trade Tower Business Center, on 20th April 2017, Thursday with the theme of “Moral and Innovative Leadership: New Models for Peace and Development”

The leadership workshop was attended by 100 youths representing 11 different countries. Some 120 youths actively took part in the SDGs panel discussion to realize these goals for them and be active drivers of change in the local community and the world. The youth had the improved knowledge about the issues, gaps and challenges on six major goals of SDGs.

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