Welcoming the New Secretary General
UCLG ASPAC welcomes its New Secretary General, Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, who has been appointed to her post starting from 1 July 2013.
She has been working in urban development and related fields for more than 15 years and has a strong portfolio of experience in local governance and development goals and capacity building of local governments.
On taking up her post, Dr. Bernadia says, "In UCLG ASPAC, I hope to enable activities that can produce tangible results for its members, particularly in its advocacy efforts - after all, local governments are the most effective players in bringing changes to its citizens and communities. During my term, I plan to enhance our cooperation with regional associations, ASEAN, SAARC, UNESCAP and various other institutions. It is my long time dream to create a more prosperous and vibrant Asia-Pacific region. I assure our best efforts to and our close working relations with every member of UCLG ASPAC and partners. I look forward to their active engagement so that together we will build a much stronger network of local governments and communities.
Dr. Tjandradewi has received her Master degree in Atmospheric Physics from Nagoya University, Japan, a second Master degree in Public Policy from National University of Singapore, and a Ph.D in Urban Engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan. She is a visiting professor at various universities in Japan, has written various papers, and been a speaker in many forums.
UCLG ASPAC Ambassador Peter Woods said "Our President,Dr Jatin Modi and the Interviewing Committee and the Executive Bureau are delighted to welcome Bernadia and have every confidence she will take us into our new phase of growth and development with enthusiasm, professionalism and leadership".
UCLG ASPAC and KAS Held the 2nd DELGOSEA II Standing Committee Dialogue in Jakarta
UCLG ASPAC and KAS held the 2nd
DELGOSEA II Standing Committee Dialogue on 24-25 June 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia, which was attended by more than 20
members of DELGOSEA network from Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The meeting was opened by welcoming remarks from the upcoming Secretary General of UCLG ASPAC, Dr. Bernadia I. Tjandradewi, Mr. Peter Koeppinger from the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, and Mr. Bagas Hapsoro, from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The objective of the meeting was to identify the issues and pipeline of ASEAN relevant for Democratic Local Governance (DELGOSEA) and the endorsement of procedure of operation the Standing Committee of DELGOSEA.
DELGOSEA II is the continuation of the first phase of the project which was ended on 31 October 2012. DELGOSEA II was formed to recognise the importance of enhancing good governance and the partnership and constant dialogue among governments within all level in Southeast Asia. Within the cooperation framework of UCLG ASPAC and KAS, the Standing Committee is mandated to facilitate networking, foster policy debate and to support sharing of expertise among DELGOSEA members. Cooperation with ASEAN is also incorporated to further enhance the DELGOSEA's policy advocacy efforts, to build the capacity as well as to facilitate knowledge sharing among local governments at the regional level.
The DELGOSEA II meeting in Jakarta discussed topics such as the actions on systematic continuation of DELGOSEA, the relevance of local governance issues for the ASEAN agenda, and the finalisation of operating procedure and nominations for chairperson of the Standing Committee of DELGOSEA. Ms Li-Ann De Leon from League of Municipalities of the Philippines and Mr. Khajohkiat Nipatpokai, Mayor of Lamphaya, Thailand in his capacity as the President of the Municipal League of Thailand (MLT) have been selected as the chair and vicechair person of DELGOSEA Standing Committee, respectively. Ms Natalis Padang has also been appointed as the Manager of DELGOSEA and Secretary of the Standing Committee.
Mr. Peter Koeppinger said at the Workshop that it has been an impressive experience to work with DELGOSEA project, and he has been looking forward to the possibility of involving participants from other ASEAN countries.
The members of the DELGOSEA network are committed to cooperate in implementing the project, and regular meeting among members of network will be continuously held. The next DELGOSEA meeting will be held on 3-4 August 2013 in Siam Reap, Cambodia.
UCLG ASPAC Held a Series of GOLD Meeting in Three Countries
UCLG, UCLG ASPAC and CDIA, with the support of the European Union and PPIAF (Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility) have organised a series of regional workshops with the objective of exchanging on policies and experiences in strengthening local management and supporting decentralization. This initiative is being undertaken within the framework of the project “Support to Decentralization in Developing Countries” (EU/UCLG) and the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA).
The main goal of the 3rd Global Report on Local Democracy and Decentralization (GOLD) is to provide a general diagnostic of the governance of local basic services in a large number of developed, transitional and developing countries, with a particular focus on 5 basic service (Water, Sanitation, Solid Waste, Urban Transportation, and Energy). The workshops brought together participants from Local Government Associations, Local Governments, Experts and CSOs working on the provision of basic services.
The first workshop for the Southeast Asia region on Local Governance of Basic Services was held on 22 March 2013 in Manila, Philippines. The second workshop for the South and Southwest Asia was held on 16 April 2013 in Ahmedabad, India. The third workshop on Decentralisation and Local Public Services was held on 16 May 2013 in Gwangju, Rep. of Korea.
To meet this goal, a series of regionally specific chapters are being developed that will contribute to a larger synthetic report. For the Asia Pacific region a chapter has been drafted with the aim of covering Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.
UCLG ASPAC Delegation Visited Korean Cities
UCLG ASPAC delegation led by President Jatin V. Modi accompanied by Ambassador Peter Woods visited Jeollabuk-do Provincial Government and Gunsan City in order to enhance the relationship with these prominent members.
UCLG ASPAC delegation met the Governor Kim, Wan Ju of the Jeollabuk Province. Jeollabuk-do is located in the southwestern part of the Korea Peninsula with the size of 8,054.84㎢. The delegation went to Jeonju, the capital of Jeollabuk-do Province on 19-20 May 2013. Jeonju inherits traditional Korean-style housing (Hanok), which is the foundation of traditional Korean culture. In May 2012, Jeonju was chosen as a Creative Cities for Gastronomy as part of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network.
UCLG ASPAC delegation visited Gunsan City on 20-21 May 2013 and met Mayor Mun, Dong-Shin of Gunsan City. Gunsan is the High-Tech Industrial City and International Trade Seaport with the size of 675.38 km2 covering 63 islands and some part of Saemangeum Area. It is located in mid-west coast Korea, which is surrounded by the Geum River and Geummangyung.
They also conducted a technical visit to the Saemangeum project - a construction of 33km of embankment in Gunsan, Gimjae, Buan area of Jeollabuk-do in 40,100ha of land with the purpose of developing an economic hub in Northeast Asia.
In Memoriam, Dr. Rudolf Hauter
With deep sorrow the Secretariat of UCLG ASPAC informs you the sad demise of Dr. Rudolf Hauter, the former Secretary General of UCLG ASPAC. He passed away on Sunday, 30th June 2013 in Wuerzburg, Germany after his long battle with cancer.
Dr. Rudolf Hauter held the position of the Secretary General of UCLG ASPAC from October 2010 – May 2013 and had the overall responsibility of managing the activities and programs of the Asia Pacific Section of UCLG. During his term, Dr. Hauter was able to enhance better cooperation and collaboration between members of UCLG ASPAC and strategic partners, including the European agencies. We highly valued his dedication and contribution to this organisation and he will be missed by all of us, members and partners of UCLG ASPAC.
Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and sadness are with Mrs. Helen Tiana Hauter and his family members.