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Boost Efforts to Mitigate Disaster Risk

AS the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), for its implementation, requires collaboration of various stakeholders, such as local government and private sector. Click for more.

Enhancing Local Competitiveness, Empowering Cooperatives

LOCAL government is eager to improve their capacity particularly to enhance its competitiveness. Seizing the opportunities of AEC, Regent Mayor of Trenggalek, Vice-Chairman of APKASI (Association of Indonesian Regencies) and a newly elected Co-President of UCLG ASPAC, Emil Dardak inspired other Indonesian regencies surrounding Trenggalek to develop their cooperatives and explore partnership. Click for more info.


Gender Equality with Aisa Kacyira

TALKING about women in local government, UCLG ASPAC was eager for the opportunity to ask Aisa Kacyira, the Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General of UN-Habitat regarding her opinion on women, gender equality, and what local governments need to highlight. There can be no doubt that advances have been made. However, the march towards equal rights is a longer process than anyone may expect. As of now, there are only 5% of women mayors globally and yet this is the closest level of leadership engagement and is one of the basic platforms for women to tackle urban issues, as they reach out for higher positions of leadership to the wider local government, civil society, the private sector and international organizations working at local levels. Women and girls possess more than just their gender identity and urbanization can either be an enabler or a challenge in supporting women to explore and exploit their potential to the best of their ability. Click for more info.


Mayor O'Loughlin: ALGA's New Chapter


THE Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has voted in a new President, Mayor David O'Loughlin, at its annual general meeting in Toowoomba this month. City of Prospect Mayor David O'Loughlin has served on the ALGA Board for three and a half years and is also the immediate past President of Local Government of South Australia. Mayor O'Loughlin said it was an honour to be elected President of ALGA and that he was confident in local government’s capacity to face the challenges that lay ahead. "Councils across the country face challenging financial circumstances with rising community expectations and calls for more services and infrastructure. This is against a backdrop of fiscal constraints, including rate capping in some instances. "... My priority will be to push for increased funding, services and infrastructure for local communities through a stronger relationship between Federal and local government," he said. Click for more info.

Jakarta: Moving Towards Compact City and Technology-based Planning

BEING the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta has been viewed as a city of hope. Indonesians from all over the country come to the city with expectation to get better life, particularly the opportunity to have better livelihood. Resulting from this is massive urbanization growth, emergence of slum areas, and surplus in number of human resources supply. In facing these challenges, local government of Jakarta has taken several steps to make Jakarta a sustainable city. Click for more info.


Expanding Campaign for Local Governments



INSPIRED by her experience in the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) held in New Delhi, India, Mayor Madelaine Alfelor of Iriga City, Philippines, wasted no time to organize a workshop on implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR). The “Local Implementation of the SFDRR: Making Cities Resilient Campaign in the Philippines” was held on 28-29 November, barely a month after the AMCDRR. The workshop was led by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, represented by Ana Thorlund. The event was a success in many ways, as more than 50 mayors from the Bicol Region of the Philippines, joined with their Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and signed up to the Making Cities Resilient Campaign. Click here.

Guangzhou Award Update


GUANGZHOU International Award event is entering the final phase. In order to find 5 cities that deserve to receive the award, a 3rd Technical Committee meeting was held in Bogota where decisions were made on the 15 short-listed cities and 30 deserving cities out of 301 valid entries submitted by 171 cities from 59 countries and regions. December 5-8, 2016 will be the final decision on which cities will receive the award. As this event covers international scope, initiatives come from various parts of the world. And Asia-Pacific region is proudly listed on both the short-listed and deserving list with various fields of initiatives. The organizing Committee is inviting everyone to vote for his/her favorite city in “Online Popular City” and to have a chance to win a special prize. Click for more info.

Welcoming New Intern from Italy

UCLG ASPAC is welcoming a new Intern: Giovanni Urru (25). Graduating from the University of Cagliari, in Sardinia, Italy, in 2013 under the Erasmus Program of the European Union, Giovanni also studied at the University of Cyprus and was an exchange student of the Erasmus Program, European Union, at the Interamerican Open University, Argentina, in 2015. June this year, he obtained his Master’s Degree in Law. When asked about his internship in UCLG ASPAC, he was really excited.  Click for more info.
UCLG ASPAC e-Newsletter banner February 2016


  • 5 - 8 December 2016 | Guangzhou, China | Guangzhou International AwardSite
  • 9 December 2016 | Paris, France | Mayors Roundtable-the Open Government Summit | Site
  • 13 - 15 December 2016 | Seberang Perai, Malaysia | UCLG ASPAC Training on Local Economic Development | Site
  • 31 January 2017 | 11th IPOD Award | Best Practice in Citizen Participation | Site
  • 27 - 28 April 2017 | Goa, India | South Asian City Summit | Site
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