UCLG ASPAC e-Newsletter banner January 2016

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6th Congress At A Glance

THE countdown has begun. In less than eight months, UCLG ASPAC will hold the 6th Congress in the beautiful Jeollabuk-do, Republic of Korea. Bringing the theme of “Regions, Life and Culture in the New Urban Agenda”, the Congress is scheduled on 5-8 September 2016. This most anticipated event in the Asia-Pacific local governments’ calendar expects to welcome as many as 1,000 participants, making it an unparalleled meeting and networking opportunity for UCLG ASPAC members, international organizations and UN-affiliated organizations. Take a sneak peak here.

Congratulations to the New APKASI Chairman
New APKASI Chairman, Mardani H. Maming

UCLG ASPAC extends its warmest congratulations to the newly elected Chairman of the Association of Indonesia Regency Government (APKASI), Mr. Mardani H. Maming. He 
is currently the Regent Mayor of Tanah Bumbu Regency Government, South Kalimantan. With his extensive experiences and knowledge, UCLG ASPAC believes he will lead APKASI, a member of UCLG ASPAC, to attain greater achievements, and more recognition of the work and initiatives of the Association. Read more about what he is preparing for the Association
Governor of Jeollabuk-do, Mr. Song Ha-jin (left), and Secretary General of UCLG ASPAC, Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi (right).
Governor of Jeollabuk-do, Mr. Song Ha-jin (left) met with Secretary General of UCLG ASPAC, Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi in December 2015. 

Happy New Year 2016 from UCLG ASPAC!

Knowledge Center for Smart Practices:
Taking One Step Further

THE creation of the Knowledge Centre for smart practices in Indonesia is making progress following its third workshop. The workshop, titled “Development of Criteria & Indicator Readiness of the Smart Practices”, brought together a collaborative group of parties to advance the replication plan of two smart practices in the country. Taking place at Hotel Aryaduta in Jakarta on 14 January 2016, the workshop focused on two smart practices: Waste Management (Pengelolaan Sampah–TPA Edukasi) by the Malang Regency and BUMDes (village-owned business entity) Lendang Nangka Water Management by the East Lombok Regency. Learn more about the workshop and the smart practices here.


UCLG ASPAC Standing Committee on Women in Local Governments

WOMEN'S political representation is essential to achieving gender equality and genuine democracy. Generally, the direct engagement of women in decision-making contribute to greater attention on women’s issues. However, gender-responsive reforms in institutions and policies are not guaranteed solely by having women in political positions. Responding to the low level of women’s representation in the Asia Pacific region, it is the express goal of the Standing Committee to reach a 25% representation of women in the UCLG ASPAC Council which will hold elections in Jeollabukdo, and in the UCLG Congress in Bogota. Meanwhile, Sustainable Development Goal 5 to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” emphasizes the leading role of local governments in identifying and tackling violence and harmful practices against women. It also notes how local governments can mainstream gender equality across all areas of their work in order to tackle the multiple barriers to women’s empowerment. Read more here.
Wakatobi Mayor to Bid Farewell

Wakatobi Mayor Mr. Hugua

AFTER 10 years of leadership, Regent Mayor of Wakatobi, Mr. Hugua, prepares to bid farewell. In five months, Hugua will hand over his leadership to his successor, leaving behind a strong legacy in sustainable environment and eco-tourism in the exotic Wakatobi Islands, Indonesia. See the good memories he shares with UCLG ASPAC 



Welcome, Pangkal Pinang and KiLGA!

WE are delighted to welcome our new members to the UCLG ASPAC community: the Kiribati Local Government Association (KiLGA) and the Municipality of Pangkal Pinang (Indonesia). It is our pleasure to introduce them to you in our E-Newsletter, starting from this edition. Our introductory article starts with KiLGA, an association supporting local councils in the Republic of Kiribati. 

Kiribati Local Government Association (KiLGA)

ESTABLISHED in March 2012, the Kiribati Local Government Association (KiLGA) is led by Romano Reo, the Mayor of Betio Town Council. The Association plays an important role in assisting the Republic’s 23 Councils to serve their communities better in dealing with current issues and challenges. As a young association, KiLGA has strengthened itself through capacity building and training carried out both on site and by involvement in regional workshops, lobbying, and advocacy meetings. Read more here.


Hello from Our New Interns!

UCLG ASPAC Secretary General with New InternsAS we enter 2016, UCLG ASPAC greeted new interns at the Secretariat. Flying from Australia and France, our new interns – Brendan, Roma, Heather and Leila – are already busy with interesting projects within their areas of interest.  Find out their stories here!


  • 27 Feb – 1 March 2016 | Taipei | Taipei Velo-City Conference 2016 | Site
  • 21 March 2016 | Jeju, Republic of Korea| Cifal Jeju, Sustainable Tourism: Regional Tourism Development and MICE in Asia-Pacific Region Site
  • 21 March 2016 | Jeju, Republic of Korea | Workshop on Green Energy and Sustainable City Planning Site
  • 22 Apr – 24 Apr 2016 | Mumbai, India | First Session of UCLG ASPAC Executive Bureau 2016, Smart City Forum & Regional Seminar on Localising SDGs (with Cities Alliance)  
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