The Seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-7) will be held from 15-17 October 2019 in Penang, Malaysia, to mobilize partners from across the region to focus on accelerating implementation of a sustainable urban future for Asia and the Pacific. For the first time, APUF-7 will register Voluntary Commitments as one of the outcomes of the Forum is to increase concrete investments and impactful initiatives for the implementation of sustainable urban development at the local, national and regional levels. APUF-7 Voluntary Commitments will be a key legacy of the Forum and a means for implementing SDGs at the city level and the transformative commitments of the New Urban Agenda. They also provide an opportunity for institutional stakeholders to forge new partnerships for a common goal: accelerating the achievement of sustainable urban development in the Asia-Pacific region.
APUF 7 Voluntary Commitments are strategic level goals that will result from the implementation of new initiatives from a variety of institutions from within and outside the Asia-Pacific region. These strategic goals should be SMART:
A commitment from a national government institution: The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development will commit to approve a comprehensive National Urban Policy by 2021 working line ministries, local authorities and key civil society stakeholders.
A commitment from a city: The Mayor and the council of the city of “GREENSPACE” commit that by year 2030 they will increase the green public space available to citizens by 20% on the basis of the current public space. The increase will be achieved as follows: 5% increase by 2022, 15% increased by 2026, 20% increase by 2020.
A commitment from a development partner: The “NEWGREEN” foundation commits that by year 2022 will allocate 10 million USD to fund projects on sustainable urbanisation in cities in Asia-Pacific.”
A commitment from an academic institution: The “SMARTCITIES” university commits that by 2022 will establish a post-graduate programme on “Smart Cities Development” and will offer for 5 years after the establishment of the programme, scholarships to a total of 20 students from Asia-Pacific developing countries.