A Continuous Commitment to Catalyze Local Change What UCLG ASPAC has done to strengthen local governments
Advocacy, Decentralized Cooperation, Projects, Research
“ESCAP would like to congratulate Jambi City and UCLG ASPAC for initiating the construction of the Integrated Resource Recovery Center in Jambi with this groundbreaking ceremony. The IRRC in Jambi is one of two pilot projects being implemented by ESCAP in Indonesia and we hope that the successful implementation and sustainable operation of the IRRC in Jambi will inspire other cities in Indonesia to also implement IRRCs.” - Dr. Ram Tiwaree, Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
ASEAN Mayors Forum UCLG ASPAC in collaboration with League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) and Taguig City organized the 3rd ASEAN Mayors Forum (AMF) at Shangri-La The Fort from 26 to 27 July 2017. The Forum was aimed at empowering local governments and city leaders in the development process of their respective cities through cooperation. Several issues were robustly discussed throughout the Forum: institutional, physical, and people-topeople connectivity. The AMF also pinpointed key policy frameworks and instruments to facilitate knowledge sharing and mutual learning among mayors and international organizations to foster the sustainable development and stronger community in ASEAN region. Two new publications were launched and distributed in this event: “Borderless Mobility and Connectivity in ASEAN Cities” and brochure entitled “Why Local Governments Matter to the ASEAN Community.”
Strengthening the South-Southwest Sub-Region One of the aims that UCLG ASPAC envisions is as the focal point that strengthens and develops partnership among members. In August 16 and 17, UCLG ASPAC held meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal, to discuss program interventions in the South and Southwest Asia subregion (SSW) and to further strengthen the partnership with South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). During the meeting, the participants from seven countries of SSW sub-region presented their country-based report updates and discussed the future plans for the regions. All participants agreed the needs to develop local government roles in SAARC programs and to ensure the political representation of local government at SAARC forum.
LOCAL GOVERNMENTS Newsletter | Volume 27 | May - October 2017
From Indonesia to Japan, Endorsing City-to-City Cooperation UCLG ASPAC, collaborated with Council for Local Authorities and International Relations (CLAIR) of Japan, facilitated a knowledge sharing session to local governments of Indonesia to broaden the knowledge about transformation of administration and bureaucracy system and addressing challenges in environment through five-day-visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Area, in particular to Saitama and Kanagawa from 10 to 14 July 2017. During the visits, it was found out that local governments in Japan utilized multidimensional approach, such as optimizing roles of culture (having more positive words as motivation), applying flexible working hours, establishing satellite office in the middle of residential area to ease mobility, and encouraging society to speak up their recommendation.
Regenerating City through Culture Site Revitalization UCLG ASPAC (with its global network) assisted Jakarta in revitalizing its heritage site by inviting various cities in Asia, Europe, and Indonesia. In the three day workshop (17-19 July 2017), local government of Jakarta obtained new perspective in urban renewal from Vigan City (The Philippines), Surakarta, Semarang, and Surabaya (Indonesia), Guangzhou (China), and Germany. At the end of the meeting, there were several recommendations presented to local government of Jakarta.
UCLG ASPAC Newsletter Volume 27 Edition May - October 2017