The 7th Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-7) will be held on 15-17 October 2019 in Penang, Malaysia with thetheme “Future of Asia and Pacific Cities: Transformative Pathways to Achieve the 2030 Agenda forSustainable Development.” Recognising the transformative potential of cities as drivers of sustainabledevelopment to achieve global agenda, APUF-7 aims to be a platform to launch concrete actions, presentsolutions to strengthen means of implementation to deliver global agenda, and strengthen partnerships andregional cooperation. The Forum has identified 4 thematic areas, namely urban and territorial planning, urbanresilience, data and technologies for smart cities, and urban finance. Among its key components, APUF-7opens an avenue for stakeholder groups to organise and discuss their roles and actions through theConstituency Assemblies.
The role of local governments is more critical than ever, with over 65 per cent of the SDGs actionable at thelocal level. To this end, local governments have undertaken the planning and implementation of SDGs andhave been involved in national processes to some extents and pursued Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs) toexemplify their strong commitment to the global agenda.
Gathering the voice of local governments in discussing the future of Asia and the Pacific Cities at APUF iscrucial as they are important stakeholders that are closest to the people. Local Governments Assembly willprovide the place where local governments will discuss and express their views and perspectives on anenabling environment for effective local governance system.
With local governments as key players in urbanisation efforts, APUF-7 has provided a space for cities andlocal governments through the constituency assembly which serves as one of the pre-forum events. TheLocal Government Assembly will serve as an opportunity for mayors, governors and representatives of localgovernments to engage and express their commitments to the 2030 Agenda. The Assembly will take intoconsideration outcomes of the participation of local governments at the recent High-Level Political Forum inNew York this July and September and the 5th ASEAN Mayors Forum held in Bangkok this August.
In a facilitated roundtable discussion format, local government leaders will discuss urban issues based on, but not limited to, the following guiding questions:
Propelling Sustainable Development in Asia-Pacific Cities
1. How much of the sustainable development targets have been achieved in Asia-Pacific?
2. What are the opportunities and challenges faced by cities today?
3. How can multi-stakeholder partnerships enable cities to achieve sustainable development?
4. How can best practices be replicated in the region?
Creating an Enabling Environment for Asia-Pacific Cities
1. What is the level of engagement between national and sub-national government in your country in implementing the 2030 Agenda?
2. What do local and sub-national governments need to effectively contribute to the achievement of the SDGs?
Financing the SDGs for Asia-Pacific Cities
1. How much investment has been leveraged for local governments in terms of achieving the SDGs?
2. What are the opportunities/challenges of Asia-Pacific cities in financing their SDGs initiatives?
3. How do we ensure that local governments can access this financing given different national frameworks?
4. How can cities ensure that their programmes and projects are sustainable?
Expected outcome of the assembly include documentation of local government perspectives on urbanisation issues in Asia-Pacific and identification of key messages of local governments for the “Declare your Action” session in APUF-7 on 17 October 2019
All mayors, representatives of local governments participating at the APUF-7 are expected to come.
The Asia-Pacific Local Government Coordinating Body (APLG) is required to mobilise their members and representatives to join the Local Government Assembly at APUF-7. This includes the following institutions: C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, CityNet, Commonwealth Local Government Forum, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, UCLG ASPAC, UCLG MEWA, UCLG Eurasia, Metropolis, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and United Nations University – Institute for Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS).
All Declaration released by APLG Members are listed below:
• ASEAN Mayors’ Declaration on Driving Local Actions for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth
• Joint Declaration of the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Mayors on the 30th Anniversary of ASEAN-ROK Dialogue Relations
14:00-14:10 Opening Remarks
Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, Secretary General, UCLG ASPAC
Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, UN Habitat (TBC)
14:10-14:50 Roundtable Discussion 1 – Propelling Sustainable Development in Asia-Pacific Cities This session aims to showcase breakthrough initiatives of cities in Asia-Pacific to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Moderator: Dr. Azmizam Abdul Rashid, Director, Urbanice Malaysia
Speakers: Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, President, IGES (TBC); Dr. Faida, Mayor, Jember Regency,Indonesia; Mr. Chintan Tamang, Mayor, Dhankuta, Nepal; Ms. Khadihaj Ahmadi, Mayor, Nili,Afghanistan; Mr. Juan Carlo Medina, Mayor, Vigan, Philippines
14:50-15:30 Roundtable Discussion 2 – Creating an Enabling Environment for Asia-Pacific Cities This session aims to examine the landscape by which cities in Asia-Pacific function and determine critical areas that will accelerate progress on the SDGs.
Moderator: Dr. Greg Munro, Secretary General, CLGF
Speakers: Ms. Noraini Roslan, Mayor, Subang Jaya, Malaysia; Mr. Marc Brian Lim, Mayor,Dagupan, Philippines; Mr. Maung Maung Soe, Mayor, Yangon, Myanmar; Ms. Dilmaya BudhaMagar Giri, Mayor, Kumakh Rural Municiality, Nepal; Mr. Abid Hussain, President, LocalCouncil Association Balochistan
15:30-15:45 Coffee Break
15:45-16:25 Roundtable Discussion 3 – Financing the SDGs for Asia-Pacific Cities.
This session aims to identify financial mechanisms that support cities in Asia-Pacific to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Moderator: ICLEI (TBC)
Speakers: Mr. Nelson Legacion, Mayor, Naga, Philippines, Ms. Botika Maitinnara, Mayor,Betio, Kiribati; Ms. Menchie De Guzman, Mayor, Bauang, Philippines; Mr. Adam Shareef Ahmed,Director General, LGA Maldives; Ms. Sima Kumari Chhetri, Mayor, Putalibazar, Nepal
16:25-16:30 Closing Remarks
Mr. Ashok Kumar Byanju Shrestha, President, Municipal Association of Nepal, Mayor of Dulikhel / Co-President, UCLG ASPAC
For further information, please contact: UCLG ASPAC through Ms. Liz Villegas, Institutional Governance Coordinator of UCLG ASPAC, and APLG Coordinator, at email@example.com